The 36 Best Lessons I've Learned In Life - Timothy Sykes

The 36 Best Lessons I’ve Learned In Life

Here’s my first little birthday gift and here’s my 2nd gift for you in honor of my 36th birthday yesterday and I HIGHLY suggest you take advantage of them ASAP

Thank you for all the kind birthday wishes, I’m overwhelmed by how supportive our community is and it makes me appreciate my job as a teacher even more so please go HERE to help me build a new school for my birthday, that’s all I want so no others gifts please, also grab my blowout birthday sales HERE and HERE and also check out the 100% FREE http://timsykesacademy.com all to celebrate my 36th birthday yesterday, thanks to so many of you for all the well wishes!

Here’s an hourlong video I made today that I want you to watch from beginning to end as I want to share all the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years, hopefully they can help you on your path and get you to understand why I’m so obsessed with creating more millionaire trading challenge students:

I’ll get this important video transcribed shortly, but here’s my list of the 36 top lessons I’ve learned over the years, leave a comment below this post with which #s speak the most to you!

36 Life Lessons

1. Cut Losses Quickly

2. Life is too short to deal with negative people/those with bad attitudes, make it fun and exciting and only deal with people who are positive and worth being around.

3. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy freedom which allows you to find happiness and to get money you need to study hard and become an expert in at least 1 subject

4. Travel EVERYWHERE and learn about our amazing world and meet amazing people everywhere!

5. Luxuries are nice, but the happiest people I meet are also the poorest as they are grateful for just life itself so never lose sight of what really matters in life

6. We’re in a very unique time in history with the Internet being the most important invention in centuries since the printing press…don’t waste this opportunity, try multiple strategies and see what fits your personality best

7. People think billionaires are cool, they’re not…the few I’ve met and hung out with are weird as shit and mostly miserable, imprisoned by their $/fame, I only have a few million in the bank, whenever it starts getting to 8 figures I donate more to charity and always will to keep everything balanced (somewhat)

8. Dream big and study hard, there’s NOTHING you cannot accomplish if you put your mind to it no matter your background or where you live

9. Don’t let ANYONE tell you your limits, you’re capable of much more than you or anyone else believes and you might surprise yourself if you’re patient enough with any goal

10. Have patience and don’t expect success right away…don’t give up at the first sign of an obstacle, when you do get successful, you’ll appreciate those obstacles that helped mold you

11. Focus on your health, not just physical health, but also mental health too, it matters…I wish I had realized this sooner.

12. Don’t be so strict and uptight every day of your life, let loose and have a cheat day every now and then, you only live once (that’s not to say live every day like it’s your last, that’s a recipe for disaster)

13. I’ve heard of a thing called work/life balance, but every single successful person I know doesn’t have it…how badly do you want success?

14. A normal life is boring…most millionaires have multiple streams of income, don’t just rely on one strategy for everything, have multiple businesses and projects and learn to multi-task

15. Reward yourself when you do well and accomplish your goals and don’t berate yourself too badly when things don’t go well, use the bad experiences as lessons to do better.

16. Making millions isn’t as easy as most on the Internet claims, but it is possible to do within a few years as proven by now SEVERAL of my students…and I have even more six-figure students

17. Get on social media and use it to amplify your voice/show off your expertise, it’s good to be real in this day and age, so many fakers afraid to show their real names, ENTIRE track record

18. Become an expert in whatever you love, it doesn’t matter how weird a niche it is, there’s $ everywhere these days

19. If you focus on what you love and fail you’re still happy, but if you succeed at something you don’t love you’re not happy, hence why it’s okay to fail

20. Failure is a part of EVERY journey, don’t be scared of it, embrace it and learn from it

21. You don’t have to fail spectacularly to learn spectacularly, aim small, miss small and then adapt in the pursuit of success

22. You don’t have to take out loans or steal or use leverage, if you’re diligent, hard-working, competent and patient enough, $ and success will come to you in the long run even if you’re conservative with your $

23. The best thing you can do is be happy and self-sufficient, THEN worry about helping others

24. It took me a while to find my passion in teaching/charity work, but now that I’ve found it, I’m going hardcore with both…what do you love and are you focusing on it enough?

25. Most people never discover what makes them truly happy and that’s truly sad, don’t make that mistake

26. Work on building your own dreams, not someone else’s

27. People are worried about who they hang out with and who they get influenced by, don’t hang out with anyone every now and then and focus on yourself and get influenced by your heroes

28. The world may be ending soon and there’s nothing you can do about it so just maximize every day and be grateful for what time we do have

29. Don’t worry about things you can’t control, don’t play CNBC-type guessing games, focus on things that are predictable and then try your best, like short selling pump and dumps or dip buying them for morning bounces on the first big crack!

30. Be honest, helpful, hard-working and trustworthy…why this is so hard for so many people I just don’t know? Be the change you want to see in the world.

31. Get a mentor ASAP as it helps speed up your learning curve…I never had one so now every day I try to be the mentor to you that I only dreamed of…one of my top students Steven Dux has turned $27k into $900k+ by learning from multiple mentors in my trading challenge which has sped up his learning BIGTIME!

32. Let the world hate on penny stocks and weird niche strategies, the mainstream are mostly idiots and don’t get angry about the idiocy, be thankful for it since it opens up opportunities

33. Search for what makes you happy and embrace it, even if others in your life don’t, YOU are in control of YOU, nobody else is.

34. Give back to those who need a little extra help, whether it’s your money or time or a little TLC, it’s all helpful and appreciated and you’ll feel good about yourself too

35. Value friends, family, people who you are close to, don’t shit on any relationship as life is long and the best things take time to develop…I’m in year 10 of my teaching career and only in the past year or so has my trading challenge chatroom really become extraordinary with several millionaire traders alerting/mentoring in realtime…it took a LOT of hard work/time to get to this spot

36. Just be real, you don’t need to pretend and when you do pretend not to make mistakes or be human, people know you’re faking it so cut that shit out and people will respect you more for just being human…no matter what some may say, we’re all human and very alike so have a little more faith in humanity!

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Timothy Sykes

Hey Everyone,

As many of you already know I grew up in a middle class family and didn't have many luxuries. But through trading I was able to change my circumstances --not just for me -- but for my parents as well. I now want to help you and thousands of other people from all around the world achieve similar results!

Which is why I've launched my millionaire challenge. I’m extremely determined to create a millionaire trader out of one my students and hopefully it will be you.

So when you get a chance make sure you check it out.

PS: Don't forget to check out my free Penny Stock Guide, it will teach you everything you need to know about trading. :)

  1. Patrick Jepsen

    Hey, Tim, Happy Birthday again!
    This blog post is absolutely awesome! Most of these things I already implement in my life but there were a few I will now be working on! My key lessons from this post are:
    1: Surround yourself with positive, supportive intelligent people. You are the sum of the 5 people you mostly hang out with.
    2: You can copy other people’s strategies but THAT IS NOT YOU! You must find what works for your lifestyle, personality and working hours / current commitments.
    3: STUDY STUDY STUDY! Always look to improve every single aspect of your life. Never be satisfied, but be proud.
    4: DONT LET ANYONE TELL YOU YOUR LIMITS. THE ONLY LIMITS WE HAVE ARE THOSE THAT WE PUT IN OURSELVES!
    5: Give back to your community, your area of work and the disadvantaged. Get into charity work.
    6: Use modern day technology to your advantage. Don’t get left out! Use multiple streams of income.
    7: Love what you do, become an expert in it. Take failures as an opportunity to learn and thrive.
    8: Be a good person. Honest, Helpful, Hardworking.
    9: Don’t worry about things you can’t control, be grateful for the time you have and use it well.
    10: Be real to others and yourself, If you value other people that will value you.
    These tips were excellent Tim, I can’t thank you enough!

  2. Mel

    Tim,
    I can’t thank you enough…
    My take in your lessons is the mentorship, I’ve been burn with a bad mentor (who only used me and took advantage of my kindness). I’m really looking for a good person like you. I will join your class and be one of your students. Thales again!

  3. Pethrova nikita

    I found this link in my email address and i quickly checked it out. I’m in loved with these teaching. from a rags to riches stand point. Happiness and motivation has become some of my closest allies and i am truly happy to be reading such a motivating in depth summary of the success principle that many like Zig Ziglar, Napoleon Hill, K.T, Abraham and many others have talked about. 3,4,8,9,30 and 10 were my extreme favorite

  4. pat

    Tim you have everything you need in terms of material stuff–idea: now you need more thriving physical body health

  5. Carlos Santos

    Hey Tim,

    DREAM BIG and STUDY HARD! I’ve always believe in that and I implement it every single day of my life, it’s hard from where I live, everyone is like you should get a job and do your best at it, but that’s not me, I always want more, in my 31 one years of life I never have work for anybody, my dad always said to me, work for yourself, it’s hard, takes time, sacrifices but in the end it will pay off, just be patient. And I work my ass of together with my brother In our own company, a reinsurance broker, but I want more in life, I want to be able to have the freedom and help others around in my country.
    Here I am wanting to learn from you, so I can be even greater!
    Best regards Tim!
    Carlos

  6. Anonymous

    Congrats Mr. Tim and Happy 36th, it must be a pretty special day, just think about it, some 200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,001 other individuals have done the same thing and had a 36th birthday, there just not a pompous a_s like you. Happy Birthday Mr. Tim.

  7. Neil Saint Jean

    Tim,

    I absolutely love number 32!

    Penny stocks get such a bad rep from the SEC and Finra and I used to believe it, until I started following you.

    I see the potential in trading these companies if I follow the rules that you have learned over the years to make you as successful as you are.

    Thanks for going through the trenches for all of us new to the pennystocking realm and more importantly, thanks for being an excellent teacher and mentor!

  8. Josh

    Hi Tim

    Happy birthday, I read your blog those lessons are awesome as i read it tears drop from my eyes i wish i knew all this or even little growing up i wouldn’t have made this huge mistake in life,i have given up all hope the only thing that run my mind no matter how hard i try not to think about it is how to kill myself.
    I have been struggling with gambling for years i have wasted so many resources on it time, money, self esteem family love is not what it use to be, now my life is just hanging on a ledge. I ran into huge debt that is way bigger than me recently i used monies that doesn’t belong to me to gamble it was a terrible mistake wasn’t intentional i lost a dollar in attempt to get it back i lost everything i went to borrow so i could recover the money and i lost that too. I was stupid and i understand i deserve whatever punishment i get from this but my loved ones doesn’t deserve what might happen to them if i didn’t pay this debt i have betrayed their trust and i find it difficult to live with myself after this, they don’t deserve any of this.
    I also understand i am a total stranger and u don’t owe me anything but please all i am asking is a chance to correct the mistakes i have made in the past help me get back up i will for ever be greatful and some day i will also help some one in need just like me now.
    Thanks again Mr Tim

  9. Jordan

    I understand… Trading and life…. This post is pure gold from a guy talking to his laptop… Thanks Tim for all you do!

  10. Josh

    Hello Mr. Tim
    Happy birthday i read your blog those lessons are awesome as i read it tears drop from my eyes i wish i knew all this or even little growing up i wouldn’t have made this huge mistake in life, have lost all hope all that runs through my mind now is how to kill myself.
    I have been struggling with gambling for years i have lost so many resources time, money family love is nit what it use to be and now my life is hanging just hanging on a ledge. Recently i run into a huge debt that is way bigger than me. I used money that was not mine to gamble, it wasn’t intentional i only lost a dollar in attempt to get it back i lost everything and i went to borrow so i could recover the money and i lost that too,i have got myself caught up in something way bigger than me,i totally deserve whatever punishment i get from this but my family doesn’t deserve what might happen if i didn’t pay this debt. I have betrayed their trust and i can never live with myself.
    I understand i am a total stranger and you don’t owe me anything but please all i am asking is a chance to correct the mistakes i have made in my life help me get back up, i will forever be grateful and someday when i am able i will also help someone in need just like me now.
    Thanks again Mr. Tim and happy birthday

  11. Rabindra

    Awesome Tim, your lessons are incredible in terms of all life, happiness, financial freedom. Might be you feel more older in this birthday so you stress on happiness!!!😊
    Great lesson!! Thank you

  12. Freddy Ravia

    I understand, you say the things that I think and already do. You have your heart on the right place, you are honestly and real!
    Best regards,
    Fred

  13. Roland

    Lesson 25 is very important. I’m 46 years old and it took me a long time to learn that. Thanks Tim.

  14. Tim Vaughn

    Thanks Tim, all 36 of these lessons speak to me, but the overriding message of finding happiness in your life, doing good for yourself and thereby being able to do good things for others and for the world, is the important part to me. Thanks for the reminder to find my passion, and to be happy, generous and grateful always. Hope you had a great birthday. I understand.

  15. Sergio

    Great video Tim!, I understand your point. Thank you so much for your life tips and lessons, hopefully one day I can become as successful as you 🙂

  16. jackson clemons jr.

    2. Life is too short to deal with negative people/those with bad attitudes, make it fun and exciting and only deal with people who are positive and worth being around.

    I am 57 now and it took me until I was about 40 to learn this. Wish I had learned it sooner because it is so important. Thanks for all you do Tim and happy birthday.

  17. DJ

    Lesson number five is how I picture every day, no matter how bad my day or how hard obsticals may be. There is always someone out there dealing with a lot worse, and need to be thankful for just being able to see another day. Because there may not be a tomorrow, it can end for anyone, in an instant.

  18. Nahim oussama

    Happy birthday once again, thank you for your appreciated help, few people are like and thats why they are valuable

  19. Ryan Mcmillen

    Happy birthday mr. Tim
    Lesson 20 is very important when you fall you get back up learn to take the hit

  20. Ryan Mcmillen

    Happy birthday mr Tim
    Lesson 20 is a very important learn to get back up you have to be able to take the hit

  21. Saira

    Great post and video Tim. I listened to it as well as writing down all 36 lessons. So I can always come back to them when I need. Much appreciated. Happy birthday. The biggest and best joy in life is in giving and honesty is the only way. X

  22. Ryan

    Tim, i’ll tell you that they are all important lessons, thank you for this blog post. Numbers 2,10,35, and 36 were the hardest-hitting for me. I’m going to focus and become a successful trader who enjoys life to the fullest and gives back to those who are beginning their journey, or struggling along the way. Your teachings have helped guide me, and I’m learning much. Thanks again!

    – Rockhound727 in Chat 🙂

  23. togzhan

    #1 Cut Losses quickly = the lesson that I try doing, but still not good at it, so working and working on that.
    #8 Dream Big and Study Hard!
    #27 Be influenced by your heroes! Yes!

  24. Paul

    All around good list. Every point is great. The lessons that resonate with me the most are having positive attitudes in your life, learning from failures and being patient.

  25. Jackaroo

    #2/#27 90% of my friends bring me down, been only talking to my good friend who wants success as bad as me.
    i like #8 – #10 they go hand in hand NEVER give up, study hard, and have patience!
    #19 if you love the process you will be happy even if you fail because you know you learned form it
    #22 reminds me when you said trade like a lil choir boy
    #24 find your passion, i have found 2 and been through trying hundreds of sports/ways to make money
    #26 i strongly believe with this one, building my own dreams not trying to make my parents happy
    #28 STORNGLY believe in this i did not vote this year because i know i cant control political BS i focus on myself!
    #30 my goal is to show people what hard work looks like
    #33!!!!!!!!!!
    and of course stock wise nothing beats rule #1 protect yourself!
    thanks Tim and thanks for always getting me in the right mind set!

  26. Lynn Williams

    Numbers 19 and 20 spoke to me the most. I’ve spent the majority of my working life doing things that I am good at, but don’t really like. I will turn 50 this year and no longer want to live like that! I have put the fear aside and I’m moving forward with something I want to do because I love it!

  27. sonya

    #8 resonated with me most “DREAM big and STUDY hard..” because dreaming is the easy part, studying and working is what really makes it happen.

  28. Eli

    Number 13 is absolute gold; nobody wants to admit it, but big and hairy goals take an equally big and hairy amount of time to accomplish. When deadlines are short, moderation isn’t key. Oscar Wilde agrees: “Nothing succeeds quite like excess!”

  29. Derrin

    Hey Tim! Happy a birthday! I really appreciate this list! This list is an insight I how life should be. Yesterday I went to my grandmothers house. I have not seen her in a while so she asks what’s going on with you now? I said I am just working (regular job) and trying to start some businesses meaning YouTube and trading. To keep a long story short she told me you don’t need to that. You need to get a better job so you could have security and a pension. All 36 lessons have inspired and touched me but due to what my grandmother said, the lessons from the list that have inspired and touched me the most are number 9 Don’t let anyone tell you your limits and number 25 Most people never discover what makes them happy. I know life is more than just security, pension, and paying bills. I love my grandmother, but I am not going to allow anyone to limit my life! Plus most people I know hate their jobs and I always said that I don’t want to be that guy! I want a life fulfilled and free of a person who controls my time and money! Lol! Thank you!

  30. Travis

    The entire blog was great! Thank you for the post. If I have to choose I’d say #2 #8 #9 #10. All 36 lessons are meaningful!

  31. Arcadio

    Thank you very much for this blog post. I am a very emotional person, and I completely loved it. It makes you remember the basic things about life that you give for granted EVERY SINGLE DAY, and you shouldn’t (such as your friends, health, family…) it also inspires me to keep pushing further, which I will, as I know I will accomplish what I propose to myself. Next week or in a few weeks I’ll be a challenge student as I already got accepted, CANNOT wait to see what my true learning potential is. As always, keep up the hard work, and just know that many people appreciate what you do, and there will always be haters.

    Best wishes.

  32. Anthony Titialii

    Tim,

    I love all 36 of your lessons. Watching this video has me wanting to know more, study more. I UNDERSTAND! If I’m able to be one of your students I will not take it for granite. I’ll be one of your top students. I was very happy to hear that you said was to take care of yourself, before you try to help others. I fall in that type that I always put others before me. Thanks for your positivity and passion. That’s what makes you a great teacher by expressing your life experiences, and wanting to help others.

    Thank you!

  33. Magnus Holm

    So many good advices/points makes it hard to choose, they all stand out in their own way! However the last point “being real” and honest will take you a long way I believe! Thanks for sharing your knowledge Tim!

  34. Aimee

    I liked the realness about your post. Very different from other millionaires. Most will lie, cheat, and steal to gain a dollar.
    Your ideals match mine on my best days and that’s pretty great.

  35. Eugen

    Hey ,Tim i love all your lessons and especially this one. Lesson 26 and lesson 9.
    Tïm, thank you so muuuuuuuuchhhhh for motivating all of us and helping us to reach our Goals.❤❤❤

    My Best Teacher
    TIM

  36. Irene Licky

    Hello Tim .
    Thanks for the wonderful lesson & am glad, grateful & humble to that I came across ur Chanel on YouTube and made me see employment isn’t the only source of income.
    Thanks once again for the lesson & God bless u.

  37. Marjolijn

    Thank you! – again Tim for sharing. Late Happy Birthday wishes to you! No. 4 speaks to me most! We do have a great world out there, travel it, with wonderful people everywhere. You are a positive influence in a LOT of people’s lives. As you are in mine and my son’s life. Thank you again for giving, being open, sharing, pushing and not bs-ing. Keeping up with my studies and getting somewhere slowly but surely. Keep pursuing your dreams!

  38. Randal

    I thought you presented your points clearly and truthful. I guess we all have to excel at one niche in order to become not only an expert but also be able to support ourselves. I don’t know what type of trader that I would be possibly a conservative type. This is one of the 25 or so emails that I’m responding to. I receive a gamut of different offerings like Metastock, real estate investing and stock option systems. I guess I got to cut this down. I’m sure certain penny stocks might be a key to wealth. At the beginning of 2017, I literally saw USRM go from $.0025-$.12 in 3 months time.

  39. Aristeidis Lykas

    I do think you are right when you say that someone who is diligent and patient can accomplish anything, Tim. They must have been very honest in their
    lives too!

  40. Mike Hutchinson

    Thanks Tim. I understand. It’s great that you are still keepin’ it real. Happy belated birthday.

  41. Nour Mohamed

    3. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy freedom which allows you to find happiness and to get money you need to study hard and become an expert in at least 1 subject.

    8. Dream big and study hard, there’s NOTHING you cannot accomplish if you put your mind to it no matter your background or where you live.

    19. If you focus on what you love and fail you’re still happy, but if you succeed at something you don’t love you’re not happy, hence why it’s okay to fail.

    30. Be honest, helpful, hard-working and trustworthy…why this is so hard for so many people I just don’t know? Be the change you want to see in the world.

    33. Search for what makes you happy and embrace it, even if others in your life don’t, YOU are in control of YOU, nobody else is.

    Thank you so much Tim for giving and sharing, Happy Birthday Tim 🙂

  42. Sue Parkovic

    I understand. Tim you are a wonderful teacher. Thank you for your passion, caring and determination.

  43. tomfinn92

    # 36. Just be real. You are, Tim, and we all should be. The good and the bad with trading – and with life – just be real with it. Learn from the bad to do even better with the good, but share it all as trading – and life – lessons!

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