Although I cannot verify the author of the story below, it surely passes the message of why we must act on our goals early enough in life.
“I got a masters in mathematics from Columbia, and for twelve years I worked as an investor. I made good money the whole time.
On some days I’d lose, but on most days I’d win, and every year I made good money. But then I got greedy.
I thought I’d found a sure thing.
There was a pharmaceutical company coming out with a new drug, and I got a tip that it was going to be approved by the FDA. And the sources who were telling me this had always been right before.
So I bet everything. I thought: ‘I’m going to double my money really quick, and then I’m getting out. I’m going to use the money to start my own business.’ I even borrowed money to put into this stock. I was that sure. 99%.
And the next day I got a call from my broker: ‘I don’t know what’s happening,’ he said. ‘It’s dropping fast.’ And sure enough, later that day they announced that the FDA had rejected the drug. Suddenly I’d lost everything, and I didn’t even own my apartment anymore.
I couldn’t get out of bed for months. I stopped eating and dropped to 125 lbs. Then one day my girlfriend tells me, ‘If you don’t get out of bed, you’re going to die.’ So I got a job as a stock boy at a retail store.
Twenty years later, I’m managing ten of those stores. I wish that I’d just become a stock boy in the first place.”
The best time to have planted a tree is twenty years ago, the next best time is now. Action Changes Things (ACT now).
Yes you should do it NOW.