Hard things I learned growing up

Raad Ahmed
The Autodidact Polyhistor
2 min readNov 9, 2015


From thinking I had it all figured out after graduating law school to dropping everything and moving to Silicon Valley to build LawTrades — here’s what the last decade of my life has taught me.

  1. Being an “adult” never really happens. The age to finally be one keeps moving up as you get older.
  2. Success welcomes you in private while failure slaps you in public.
  3. Sometimes you will make all the right decisions but still end up with an unfavorable result. So the result should not be measured by whether you made the right decisions.
  4. You have less time than you think.
  5. Being a great student does not guarantee workplace success.
  6. Friends from your childhoood will not be your lifelong friends.
  7. The more you give to the world, the more you’ll get in return.
  8. The world owes you shit.
  9. If you are hurt, love.
  10. It’s okay to ask for help and not everyone wants something in return.
  11. People will abandon you, often without reason.
  12. You will abandon them.
  13. Being confident is the closest thing to creating magic.
  14. Money is damn important, but not everything.
  15. Always give your parents advice a second thought.
  16. Tolerate nothing that adds negative value to your life.
  17. Adversity impacts everyone; it’s how you respond that matters.
  18. Everything that feels so real right now will one day turn into a memory.
  19. Memories will eventually fade.
  20. We live in a beautiful world and it’s up to you to see it.

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I’m Raad. From “aha” to “oh crap”, I’m sharing everything on my startup journey. To get lessons delivered straight to your inbox, click here.

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