Original millionaires are made not by copying the path of another person or by following a formula, but by unifying your unique assets (skills, passion, and hard work) with the right path (opportunities and projects and people) — it’s very difficult to figure out—but if you can maximize it, you’ll create a significant amount of value that only you can create.
Disregard fame. As someone whose accomplishments relative to his age could probably get him ranked on any number of “30 Under 30”-type lists, Eliason says: “Most of those lists are bullshit. I personally don’t care about them.” Nat doesn’t write for Forbes or Inc. or Entrepreneur because “They don’t have any backlink value,” he says. “Bylines don’t mean anything to me. The stuff I write I want to be useful for years — adding it to the churn of these sites seems like a waste.” Plus, “I couldn’t make fun of them,” he smiles.