Good Things Come in Time

There is a lot of pressure on those in the tech industry to be the greatest at a very young age. Mark Zuckerberg was a millionaire by the time that he was 21, so I need to be a triple-millionaire by the time I’m 20. Instagram sold for $1B in 2012, I gotta sell my company for $2B.

This internal pressure to be the best the youngest is enormous and can be overwhelming. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be better, but destroying yourself through comparisons will just lead you to pain and regret.

What most people forget is that Zuckerberg, Gates, Musk, and the rest are flukes of nature. Most millionaires got their fortunes through decades of careful savings. Eisenhower spent 30 years working desks and jobs he never wanted before he got a real command position. Rovio spent 8 years and 51 tries before they finally got to Angry Birds.

Good things come in time. Embrace the journey and the lessons you learn along the way.