5 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Life

Engineer. Blogger. Entrepreneur. Consultant. Data Scientist. Designer. Author. Manager. Developer. Musician. Artist. Producer. Songwriter. Video Editor. Researcher. Tutor. Captain. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience it all in a short space of time.

Through these experiences, I have crossed paths with so many amazing people with unique backgrounds and different ambitions. Having talked to them and reflected on my personal experiences, I’ve come to realise what it really means to make the most out of one’s life.

So I thought I would share some words of young wisdom! 😊

1. Explore

Travel as much as you can. Read as much as you can. Watch as much as you can. In the precious years that you have, explore as much of the world as possible. Flick through an encyclopaedia, watch insightful documentaries or travel to a part of the world where you’ve never been to (or better yet can’t speak the local language). You will acquire new perspectives, engage all your senses and maybe even get some ideas on how to have an impact on our beloved planet.

2. Absorb

Try literally everything. And in the process, aim to understand and absorb the world around you. Set a daily goal to learn new facts or keep up to date on your favourite topics (e.g. tech, entrepreneurship, art, music) and be ready to soak in experience, wisdom and skills like a sponge. You can think of yourself as a very advanced form of AI (buzzword alert!) as you constantly add to your training set to attain richer and larger data-sets which you use to make decisions.

3. Create

Every single person in the world can be amazing at any activity in their own way. So if you come across an industry that you want to have an impact on, just create. Don’t think about it too much. Just show the world your take and perspective on that topic. Don’t worry about success (that’s frankly just luck) and other people’s opinion. Just go for it. As they say, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

4. Love

Treasure your family and friends. Appreciate their actions and voice your gratefulness for their existence in your life. Everyone tends to get stuck in the flow of life and rarely do we take a step back to really think about how lucky we are to have people who care about us. Also try to adopt a positive and hopeful mindset and love your job, ambitions and most importantly yourself.

5. Focus

In this digital and social-media-centric age, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to purely focus on themselves and not fall into the trap of comparison syndrome. It’s really important to not compare your life with anyone else’s and feel that you’re unlucky while everyone else is lucking out. That’s simply not the case as we all have our tough times and ‘baggage’ most of which is not shared or posted online.

I spend most days setting myself cool projects, watching TED talks & Netflix (ofc), producing/listening to music, designing software/products and writing. While balancing time with family and friends, I primarily focus on making the most out of every hour I’m alive and have learned to love spending time with myself and not become too dependent on other people.

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Tech Enthusiast | Entrepreneur | Music Artist | MEng @ Cambridge

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Akhil Sonthi

Akhil Sonthi

Tech Enthusiast | Entrepreneur | Music Artist | MEng @ Cambridge

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