What is one opportunity you believe you missed out on when you were younger?

Nobody likes feeling left out. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world. As a kid, we’re the only person that isn’t caught up with the last two episodes of the popular show. And we feel like a true outcast when people talk about the shows we missed. It’s the same as when we grow up and get older. We become more focused on results instead of the process. And we all develop this toxic little trait called the fear of missing out.

Filthy rich investors make bad decisions every day just because of F.O.M.O. Every decision we make costs us because there’s something else we’re missing. If you go to that study party on Sunday night, then you won’t be attending the kickback at your friend’s house. If you decided to go to a late night concert then you’re not going to be playing videogames all night with your friends. You just have to be aware of the opportunities you’re passing on. So what is one opportunity you believe you missed out on when you were younger?

Here’s a short story on an opportunity I believe I missed out on when I was younger.

I always felt like a genius. Somehow I just knew I was capable of so much mentally and academically. I was tested into gifted classes very early in my school career. But I read a book called “The Report Card” by Andrew Clements. It opened my eyes to the primitive nature of our schooling system. Similar to the main protagonist of the book, I decided to stop playing the toxic games of our education system. I knew I was a genius and I didn’t have to prove it.

I stopped studying for every little test and pop quiz. I didn’t rush home to do homework assignments and jump at the opportunity for extra credit. I was just doing me. I skated by doing the bare minimum for every class and grade assessment. And according to my public school education system I was not gifted in any capacity at all. I blended in to the image and marks of your everyday average student. And by many measurements I was actually below average.

The opportunity I feel I missed as a kid, was taking advantage of the natural academic talent that I had. There were many opportunities in school or extra curricular organizations that I passed on. I don’t know how my life would be different but I know it would be different. I could of probably skipped three or four grades or maybe even did dual college enrollment. I didn’t embrace any of the academic opportunities that I could have as a child. I missed out on seeing my full potential down that path.

I was the genius in hiding and now my genius is going into hiding lol

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