(I wrote a Medium Post that sums up my thoughts here.)

Starting with SAT scores and ending with a retirement in Florida, this subconscious societal path we teach our kids to follow dominates.  And it doesn't make any sense at all.

81% of Americans are unhappy with the work that they are doing, and yet we actively attempt to generate more and more robots to follow that status quo path.

Instead, we need to challenge ourselves to disrupt the status quo through entrepreneurship.  We need to design the lives we want to lead.

It starts with figuring out what we're meant to do, which is often times discovered at the triangular intersection of skillset, passion and value.

We need to ask ourselves this question: what do we need to get from where we are to where we want to be, both personally and professionally?

Surround yourself with the people who are doing what you want to be doing, and learn how they achieved what you want to achieve.  Reverse-engineer the process with your own special twist.

Collaborate with others in and out of your industry or field, and work to seek mutually beneficial outcomes.

Commit to a level of happiness and success that is near exceptional, and don't settle for anything less.

Be a hustler; ask for what you want; take chances; enjoy what you want to enjoy; commit, then figure it out; live the life you're destined to live.