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10 Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s – Tips for My Younger Self

I am currently 34 but my life has changed a lot and is dramatically different than it was 10 or 15 years ago. Today, I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self a few things that would help me tremendously, however, that’s not possible so I hope you can learn from my experiences.

1.You Cannot Save Your Way To Prosperity.

Growing up, I always tried to save money to do things myself, to not splurge on restaurants or unnecessary things. In many ways, I’m very proud of that because it taught me a good lesson of even making the most of other things when you don’t have a lot. However, eventually, my father-in-law, Tom, shared a story at a point where he realized that he could not save himself into wealth and instead just had to make more money so he could get the things and do the stuff he wanted to do.

That really rang home with me, up until then, I was just comfortable where I was at and I was just trying to make as much out of what I had as possible. That meant I never really got the things that I truly wanted but just the things that were at an extremely good value ratio, things that were on sale, things that were good deals, things from vintage stores that are very inexpensive. Now, once Tom shared his experiences, it really dawned on me, rather than just trying to save more money and do the things I don’t really want to do simply because they’re inexpensive, it is better to simply make more money so you can get exactly the things you want and do exactly the stuff you want without having to compromise.

To me, this was almost a liberating experience because I knew where my path was going forward. So if you feel stuck at where you are at, maybe just working harder where you are is not the solution, maybe you simply have to change the game and do something completely different, even if that means a pay cut in the beginning but ultimately, it may lead to more prosperity and ultimately, freedom.

If someone offers a hand, especially if it’s family, you take it.

2. If It Makes Financial Sense, Set Aside Your Pride.

It’s a lesson I learned in my early 20s. My wife was doing a day job and I was working on the Gentleman’s Gazette and I was not really contributing anything to our household income. Then, my wife lost her job and we could have gotten by taking low paid hourly jobs but her parents offered to help us. Initially, I wasn’t happy with that because I have always been raised to be very independent but we thought about it and agreed to take them up on their offer to help because it enabled us to pursue the things we wanted to do. My wife got an MBA and I continued with Gentleman’s Gazette which eventually would lead us to financial independence. I realized that starting off on a good financial foundation was more important than my personal pride.

So what did I learn from it? If someone offers you genuine help, take them up on it, especially if it’s family. That may also mean that living with your parents is your best option even though you could afford an apartment but at the same time, if you live at home, you may be able to pay down your student loans more quickly. On the flip side, that means you never want to take advantage of other people and you really want to work towards a point where you can thank them for your help but discontinue it simply because you can now support yourself. I find that doing this in a very planned manner enables you to just rely on help for a short amount of time and then really stand on your own feet which can feel very liberating and accomplished.

Princeton University
Princeton University

3. College & Graduate Schools Are Not Always Worth It.

I know it’s a hot topic right now with rising costs and more students graduating with tons of debt. Personally, I went to law school in Germany but a year in, I realized I hated it and after the internships, I also never wanted to work in law, however, at the time, I would have created all of the debt if I would have just dropped out so I just stuck with the school. Looking back, if I had just started my business right then and there, I’d probably be much further ahead today, I would have also learned a lot very early on, at the same time, I would likely not have met my wife because I met her during an exchange semester in 2006.

That being said, for someone weighing going to college or not today, I think it really pays to ask yourself “Why am I going to college? Do I just go so I can party hard and have to wait until my grown-up responsibilities set in?” Or do you maybe just go to college without knowing what you really want just because everyone else in your peer group is going. If those are your main motivators, maybe this is not the time for you to go to college. After all, these are two very expensive reasons and you may end up with debt for a very long time.

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4. If You Can Dream It, You Can Build It!

Growing up, I was never really exposed to entrepreneurship. My parents were employed, their friends were employed, and I simply didn’t know anyone who was an entrepreneur. Because of that, I thought naturally, my future would be as an employee, however, it took me some time to realize that I never performed my best when I was an employee but I was much more content and satisfied when I was working for my own. Looking back, deep down, I knew I wanted to do something by myself but I simply didn’t have the guts or to believe that I could do it. So if I knew that if I can dream it, I can build it, I probably would have started my business earlier.

5. Abort Mission if Something Isn’t Working for You.

It can be relationships, it can be ideas or business ideas, or just something that you’re working on, maybe a job. Personally, I ended up graduating from law school in Germany even though I knew I hated it a year in. Then when I came to the US, the economy was bad and I told myself that if I want to be attractive in the job market, I need to have a degree from an American University. So the easiest way was to get a Masters of Law from an American University, of course, in law school, even though it was something I knew I didn’t like.

If you take a step back, you can see it’s this sunk cost trap. You already invested money in it, it has gotten you so far, and it’s now easiest to just take that next step in that same direction even though you know it’s the wrong direction. I’ve seen it over and over again with friends, they get to a certain level, they adapt to a certain lifestyle and to a certain paycheck, and now they’re afraid to take the pay cut and pursue something they really want to do simply because they’re afraid that it would throw things off and they don’t know how to pay for their bills but honestly, they would be happier if they would just pursue their passion and not the paycheck.

6. Thinking Too Much or Too Little About the Future Can Hurt You.

Yes, it’s good to think about the future but to also live in the present. For example, when I met my wife, Teresa, we were both broke. I was going to school in Germany, I had to go back and if you would look at it from a very objective rational point of view, looking at the future, you’d probably say there are probably no chances for this to go well. Well now, I’ve been married to my wife over nine years, we have a daughter, we have a successful business, a house, and we’re extremely happy together. So sometimes, it pays to really live fully in the moment and take it step by step if it feels right.

7. Life Can Sweep the Rug Out from Under You at Any Time.

In 2012, both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer within months of each other. My mom had breast cancer, my dad pancreatic cancer and we thought they were going to die. At the time, we didn’t have much money but probably just enough for a plane ticket to go over there and spend the rest of their lives with them together, as I thought. Fortunately, as events turned out, they are both in remission now, they’re both alive and happy but having a little buffer that allows you to either help out people that are very dear to your heart or just visit a family member when you really needed is extremely available and it just shows you, you can prepare for the future but you can never really prepare for all the eventualities. So again, it’s good to plan but live in the moment and understand that you can’t just prepare for everything out there and you have to take things as they come to you.

8. You Can Teach Yourself Anything.

I probably would have second-guessed my desire to go to law school if I knew that I could learn things at first and figure out if there was something that I want to pursue or not. That being said, aside from law school, I’m pretty much self-taught. I never knew anything about websites when I started the Gentleman’s Gazette so I learned it. I learned about WordPress, about SEO, URLs, servers, hosting, and how the whole internet works. With the Internet today, you can truly learn anything, there’s a course for everything, there are free resources, just like the Gentleman’s Gazette where we teach you how you can become a gentleman and dress up and become your best version of yourself. Even today, I’m a big believer in learning.

9. Consult Mentors & Organizations.

You should consult mentors or organizations with like-minded people that can really help you grow from a business point of view but also personally. I started the Gentleman’s Gazette in 2010 and for the first five years, I was pretty much on my own. Eventually, through a meet up that I went to twice, I met someone and he was part of an organization called Entrepreneurs’ Organization and they had an accelerator program helping smaller businesses. It costs $ 1,500 a month and at that point in time, I had never spent that amount of dough on anything in terms of training, however, it was a fantastic experience where I could learn from experts in their field as well as peers that were in the same shoes and had the same problems as I did.

10. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate!

It’s particularly true for entrepreneurs but honestly, it is true for anyone out there and it’s one of the ways to truly become happier. When I moved to the US, my mindset was that I could either pay someone to do things or I could just do it myself and save the money. So I would always end up doing things myself, sometimes it would take me way longer and I did a much crappier job than if I would have just hired it out. Time is the only truly limited resource we all have and if you can free things up and let experts do the things, you can focus on what makes you really happy or makes you more money.

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Sven Raphael Schneider looking sharp in suits

BONUS TIp: Dress Up a Bit More Than Everyone Else.

Now, that’s a bold statement and of course, there is no point in showing up in a tuxedo outfit to a baseball game but what I rather mean by that is you can always dress up in your environment a few notches up.

What life lessons do you wish you knew when you were younger? We’d love to hear from you!


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Lexus Targets Younger, Urban Drivers with All-New 2019 UX

Lexus is expanding the idea of luxury to attract a younger demographic of drivers. The new 2019 UX is a compact crossover SUV built for motorists in their late 30’s to early 40’s who don’t want to trade in their urbane lifestyles for the suburbs or pay premium gas prices to drive a big, costly car.

It was designed for Xennials — those who fall on the cusp of Generation X and the Millennial generation, typically born in the late 70s to the early 80s — with the understanding that, for many in this market, the UX will be their first-ever Lexus and their first luxury vehicle.

Derived from the words “urban” and “X-over” (crossover), the UX is customized for drivers living in densely populated metro areas like Los Angeles and Chicago. The power control unit of the UX is more powerful than similarly-sized Lexus hybrids, yet it’s 20% smaller and 10% lighter. With a 177-inch length and best-in-segment 34-ft curb-to-curb turning diameter, drivers in urban environments will have the ability to make tight U-turns, parallel park, and maneuver through narrow city streets.

Lexus UX Nori Green (Courtesy of Lexus)

The UX also comes complete with high-tech elements made to support customers’ digital lifestyles. This includes a 10.25-inch display screen that is controlled by a laptop-like touchpad, along with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration. The Apple CarPlay feature gives drivers the ability to access Apple Music, Google maps, Waze, and Spotify once they connect their iPhone to the car through a USB cable. Drivers can also make phone calls and send and receive text messages through the multimedia display or with Siri. Plus, UX drivers will be able to lock and unlock their doors, start their engine, and check their fuel level, all from the convenience of using a smartwatch or Amazon Alexa-enabled or Google Assistant-enabled device.

“The Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako, the executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX, in a statement. “We designed the UX to appeal to young buyers who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.”

Beginning in December, the UX 200 will be available for purchase with a starting suggested retail price of $ 32,000. In January, drivers will have the option to purchase the UX 250h, which will include all-wheel drive, increased power, and better fuel efficiency, for $ 2,000 more.

After giving the UX a test drive in downtown Seattle, Black Enterprise spoke with Michael Moore, the Lexus National Manager for Product Marketing, about the luxury SUV.

Lexus UX

Lexus UX Silver Lining Metallic (Courtesy of Lexus)

BE: What makes the 2019 Lexus UX unique?

It has a very bold design that is unique and different than anything else in its segment. It stands out. It also has a collection of features that make it quite special. The standard LSS, a safety system that is basically best in its class, the LED headlights, and best in class fuel economy. On top of that, there’s also a very engaging driving experience that the UX delivers.

BE: What makes the vehicle appealing to young, urban drivers?

It’s purpose-built for an urban environment. It has a compact size. It has surprising interior space considering its size, but because of the platform its built on and its packaging, it has a turning radius that is ideal in congested environments. For younger buyers in an urban environment, that is going to be very appealing. Having great fuel economy and being able to maneuver in very tight spaces makes it very compatible for an urban environment.

While the UX will certainly appeal to this younger demographic, we also see some people that are a bit older that are moving back to an urban environment, that were maybe in the suburbs raising kids and now they want to come back to the city. They’re ready to come back an urban environment – the UX may appeal to them as well.

BE: As a millennial driver, I found three particular features in the UX to be very appealing: the technology, the pricing, and the fact that the engine takes regular fuel, a rare feature for a luxury vehicle. Can you elaborate about each?

Gas mileage

Lexus has been a leader in hybrid technology for years. We were the first manufacturer to offer a luxury vehicle that was a hybrid, so we have generations of experience with hybrid technology and we’ve built upon that. A lot of that technology and advancement has really proven itself with the UX; we can actually deliver a vehicle that has best in class fuel economy, not just in its segment, but it has better fuel economy than any SUV on the market.

Pricing 

It has a really attractive price, starting at $ 32,000 for the gas model and $ 34,000 for the all-wheel-drive hybrid model. And then for the [Lexus] F SPORT, it’s just $ 2,000 on top of either the gas or the hybrid model. It has a really compelling value story relative to its competitive set.

Technology

The technology, we think, really speaks to this young consumer. CarPlay [and] Alexa are very seamless technologies that allow the owner to stay connected and perform tasks in a very easy simple way.

BE: While in Seattle, I had an opportunity to preview a UX video ad that underscores diversity. Why is it important for Lexus, as a brand, to celebrate diversity and inclusion?

For 23 years, I’ve been associated with the Lexus brand, either on the product development side, or on the advance planning side, or doing what I’m doing now on the marketing side. With my current role here in marketing, the work we do with Walter Isaacson, which is our diversity agency partner, and the way that we communicate to a multicultural audience is really important to us. It is our belief that you need to be a good partner in the communities where you do business. It’s more than just putting a TV ad on and selling a vehicle. It’s connecting with an audience and being part of that community. It’s something that I’ve been very proud of — not just on the work that I do, but being able to connect as a representative of the company to that audience. It’s not just important for me, it’s important to the company.

 


This interview was lightly edited for brevity and clarity.

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