In my early childhood, I enjoyed all the pleasures of an underprivileged lifestyle: no design clothes, underfunded public schools, beater cars and no summer camps for me. But when I was turned on to Internet culture back in third grade I realized I had a knack for turning it into money.

Here are some of the lessons I learned living the startup life:

We all have the ability to spot and jump on opportunities. We are born with this inherent trait and you can develop it over time. It’s a life skill I developed out of survival. But it wasn’t out of fear. I saw it as God’s universal game. I would look at the upcoming holidays and think, “How can I jump on that? How can I make a money dam?” Remember, doing something halfway is hell of a lot better than doing nothing at all.

Opportunities will appear as something completely ironic to you. Once you’re obsessed with a project, you become the master in that industry. Talk to the experts how they become an expert. Many of them are quite subtle in their own ways. You’ll meet some in the weirdest of places. You never know, you could be looking at one right and thinking, “WTF?”

There is a thin line between a positive outlook and psycho crazy. You have to have belief system that gives you the confidence to make something happen. I’m thankful for my weird perception of reality. I love the dramatic thrill of looking evil right in the eyes while others are content with living a fearful existence. We have to accept that we all have weaknesses.

Try to attack your fears early in the game by managing them before they become a problem. If you’re afraid of speaking to a crowd, take some classes to strengthen your overall mentality. Surround yourself with a strong support network. Your best ideas will come from your team. Don’t worry if you haven’t found your muse yet. I haven’t found mine yet, but I’ve met a lot of great people along the way who have helped me along the way. You’ll find people who have great ideas but no way of funding them. We can all work together and you can create anything.

I’ve been trying to enlighten people about a thing called “motivational economics.” Back in the days of World War I and World War II, America had a hard time feeding both the soldiers and the people at home. So the government thought of a way to get the people involved by having them grow their own food from their backyards. Homegrown gardens started popping up all over the place. Political campaigns exploded and slowly relieved the pressure off the government to take care of everything on their own. It helped a nation to stand on its own two feet. Now is the time to do just that. We forgot about our entrepreneurial past. There are millions of things you can do for yourself as well as your community.

If you want to clock in and out of work you might as well be in jail. Do you really want someone watching every move you make? For others this comes with territory of living a secure lifestyle, but a entrepreneurial spirit wants something more than that and will do anything in their power to fight it.