What I Learned in High School

May 24, 2025

This is an unfinished, ongoing blog post filled with thoughts which I have accumulated throughout my four years of high school. I don't know if I will ever finish it, but I think it is worth sharing with you.

These are tips, advice, and knowledge which I have kept to myself for the longest time — motivations, realizations, and stories worth telling.


I. Understand Compound Interest.

Compound interest is a very interesting concept to try to grasp. It's easily overlooked as we underestimate the power of compounding results.

I read this in Naval's Almanack:


Play long term games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.

— Naval Ravikant


Reputation is built over time. Relationships are built over time. Wealth is also accumulated over time. Everything that we learn as knowledge is also gained over time. Compound interest is exactly that. With everything we do, we should aim to see exponential growth.

Plant many seeds, and expect a big harvest.

If there is a course you are studying which you realize is something you will never use, stop taking it. There is definitely something learnt — just that the results gained from it may be less compared to doing something else. The same can be applied to building wealth and relationships.

It's also great to think of everything as having an opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is a key term in the study of Economics: "the potential forgone profit from a missed opportunity". Your time is limited, and the benefit which you gain from each opportunity, no matter if it is wealth, relationships, or knowledge, is worth considering before you make every decision.

Make every decision worth your time.


II. Never Stop Dreaming.


You were made to soar, to crash to earth, then to rise and soar again.

— Alfred Wainwright


We are destined to experience triumphs and failures. Success is not guaranteed the first time, nor the second, nor any attempt after. Our best bet in every situation is to try, and try again, and hope for the best.

The winners of any game are those who keep playing until the end.

Every inspirational story which we read tells us that nobody ever succeeds overnight. Perseverance is what brings us forward.


III. Make Friends.


Work in progress

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