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Patrick Bet-David

Here’s a list of 20 things that I have learned in life and would like to share with the rest of humanity:

  1. Spend money on experiences instead of things.
  2. Having fun in life is unarguably important in life, so pull pranks on people you love. But remember, every time you pull a prank on someone, you should expect one in return.
  3. Learn the difference between knowing when it’s appropriate to laugh at yourself and when it’s time to take yourself seriously.
  4. Don’t ever smoke cigarettes – kids don’t like the smell.
  5. Write a book. To start, create 3 folders (on your computer, filing cabinet, etc) consisting of personal stories, lessons, and favorite quotes and eventually you can turn this into a book about your life.
  6. Enjoy every moment of life – we’re only here for a blink of an eye. (You’re officially 75 seconds older than you were when you first started reading this list.)
  7. Hearing the comment, “You’ve changed” is a compliment as long as you continually improve yourself.
  8. Remember that life is harder on you than any one person will ever be. It has no sorrow or patience for tough times.
  9. Understand that God puts a Goliath in your life to bring out the David within you.
  10. Eat caviar every once in a while. Especially the kind from the Caspian Sea.
  11. Seek clarity. Don’t compromise your core beliefs because clarity comes from doing what you believe in.
  12. Everyone enjoys rebelling every once in a while. Just be sure you are being a rebel with a cause instead of a rebel without a cause.
  13. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Compete against your own personal prior best.
  14. Add your own signature to the world and do not “keep up with the Joneses” – ignore those Joneses!
  15. The 3 hardest things to find in life are: a life-long spouse, a life-long friend, and a life-long passion. When you do find them, do whatever you can to keep them.
  16. Keep it old school by writing personal letters to people instead of using text or social media.
  17. When you read a good book, send it to 10 people you know who could benefit from it.
  18. If you think you’re lazy at times it’s because your life is boring. Instead of getting upset about it, find a cause to fight for that’ll bring the best out of you. Napoleon once said: “A lack of energy comes when we have taken on less that we are capable of.”
  19. Learn to take time-outs in life.
  20. Trust in a higher law that is always with you.
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Patrick Bet-David is a man who inspires. He is a successful entrepreneur, emerging author and financial literacy crusader committed to helping people get more out of life.

His intriguing perspective on opportunity is colored from his experience as a young immigrant escaping war-torn Iran in the late ‘80s. He embodies a true rags-to-riches story that saw him first serving in the U.S. military before breaking into the financial services industry. Before turning 30, Patrick had started the People Helping People Insurance Agency, one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.

As an author, Patrick is shaping the next generation of leaders with a voice of honest and sometimes controversial insights. In his first book, Doing the Impossible: The 25 Laws of Doing the Impossible, Patrick gives practical advice on how anyone can take ownership of his or her own life and rediscover dreams and aspirations. In The Next Perfect Storm, he shares a look at the current market conditions creating the next financial boom.

His latest accomplishment is the launch of a financial literacy website. is a noncommercial website designed to help educate people on all things related to personal finance in a fun, entertaining way. The site uses simple tools and weekly finance lessons all presented by Patrick’s alter-ego “Newton” – a smart and friendly dog who is “financial literacy’s best friend”.

He has spoken to thousands of people at both an educational and corporate level on a wide range of topics. His talks have covered the importance of financial literacy, the importance of entrepreneurship in a vibrant economy, and the need for every individual to rebel against conformity in order to embrace a cause that matters.

A regular blogger for over two years, Patrick recently turned a weekly radio show in Los Angeles into a video blog series called “Two Minutes with Pat” where he shares practical advice on all facets of life. He is also the voice behind “Newton’s Bark”, a weekly finance lesson from

Besides his traditional speaking engagements, Patrick has also hosted a series of one-on-one interviews with some of the world’s most interesting people, including renowned pastor Dudley Rutherford, presidential candidate Rick Santorum, former US Comptroller David Walker, and Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.

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