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  • - Make sure that you spend time on things

  • that give you a lot of return.

  • Don't spend time on things that give you little return.

  • Picking up a new skill can change your life totally.

  • If you just try and improve your life by 1% every day,

  • the effect over many years is extreme, is massive.

  • Every day, try and just learn something new.

  • That you're not too young,

  • you're not too old, to do something.

  • (soft upbeat music)

  • Before we even get started,

  • I wanna emphasize that you need to believe in yourself.

  • You need to believe that you can change your life in 2023.

  • You need to believe that you have the ability

  • and the capability to do this.

  • You need to ignore the haters.

  • You need to ignore the people that have told you,

  • at school or at other times in your life,

  • that you can't do it.

  • You need to get your mind in the right place

  • and believe in yourself.

  • And I'm telling you, you can.

  • If I can do it, you can do it.

  • I can't tell you the number of people

  • that have told me during my life,

  • or over the years of my life that, "David you're an idiot.

  • "David, you can't do it.

  • "David, I'm putting you into this box.

  • "This is the kinda person that you are.

  • "You can't be this person.

  • "You can't be a YouTuber because you're too old.

  • "You can't be an instructor

  • "because you're not intelligent enough.

  • "You don't speak with the right accent,

  • "you don't have the right education,"

  • et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

  • Ignore those haters. Ignore those people.

  • Go out there and make the most of your life.

  • What are you gonna do in 2023 to change your life?

  • In this video, I wanna talk about the five top skills

  • that you need to get in 2023 if you haven't already.

  • It's really important that you ride the waves.

  • I've said this many, many times

  • and I've done this many, many times in my life.

  • Look at what the hot trends are, jump on those waves,

  • and ride them.

  • So I wanna talk about sort of five areas

  • that I really think you should look at

  • if you haven't already in 2023,

  • and then look at the skills that you need to get

  • to ride those waves.

  • You can't change the past, but you can change your future.

  • And for me,

  • that's what I love about technology or tech in general.

  • You don't need a fancy degree.

  • You don't need fancy contacts.

  • You don't need to be part of a old boys club, as an example,

  • to get somewhere in technology.

  • If you put in the effort,

  • in a few years you can change your life

  • because technology is changing all the time.

  • Look at me.

  • I got my CCIE maybe 20 years ago.

  • What was really, really important 20 years ago

  • or 10 years ago or five years ago,

  • isn't really important necessarily in 2023.

  • The hot technologies of those days are perhaps gone.

  • Things are constantly evolving, constantly changing,

  • which can make it harder,

  • if you've been in tech for a long time,

  • to keep up.

  • But the great news for someone like you

  • who's perhaps starting out is that if you start today,

  • in two years time you could be an expert

  • in a specific sphere or niche if you like.

  • Think about the blockchain. Didn't exist a few years ago.

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  • Think about machine learning, AI.

  • That is changing the world in the last few years.

  • 10 years ago, 20 years ago,

  • that wasn't really important

  • compared to how important it is in the next few years.

  • Jump on the waves, ride those waves, and change your life.

  • Now, I'm gonna continue talking about mindset a little bit

  • and giving you some advice from my experience

  • but if you don't wanna hear that, that's fine.

  • Use the timestamps below to jump ahead in the video.

  • It's important to remember that Rome wasn't built in a day.

  • When you're starting out,

  • it can be overwhelming

  • because there's so much information, so much to learn,

  • but I'm telling you now

  • you don't have to try and learn everything like that.

  • Firstly, that's impossible.

  • And secondly,

  • there's just too much to learn very, very quickly.

  • The more you learn,

  • the more you'll find it's easier to learn additional skills

  • or pick up additional skills, learn new technologies,

  • because a lot of it's interrelated.

  • As an example, I have a strong foundation in networking.

  • For me to move into another area isn't that difficult

  • because I've got a strong foundation in networking,

  • programming, et cetera.

  • It's much easier to pick up new technologies.

  • But I want you to remember that life is a journey

  • and your path may change over time.

  • You may be doing this today

  • but then tomorrow you do something totally different,

  • and there's nothing stopping you reinventing yourself.

  • You could be the expert in this area

  • and then tomorrow or in a few years time,

  • you're the expert in another area

  • because technologies change

  • and you have to change with the technologies.

  • If people tell you, "You must stay where you're at,"

  • they've either not been in tech long enough

  • or they've stagnated because stagnation is a terrible thing.

  • You've gotta keep on reinventing yourself.

  • You gotta keep on learning

  • and changing what you're doing.

  • If you told me five years ago

  • that I'd have a million subscribers on YouTube,

  • (crowd cheers)

  • I probably wouldn't have believed you.

  • You've gotta keep on improving what you're doing

  • and keep on learning.

  • So to help you with that,

  • I wanna talk about some principles.

  • First thing I really believe in is circle of control.

  • You may not be able to control what governments are doing

  • or what certain people in the world are doing.

  • I don't watch a lot of news

  • because it can be really depressing.

  • You can't change

  • what people on the other side of the world are doing.

  • As an example, I live in the UK.

  • I can't change what the US President is doing,

  • so I don't focus on that.

  • I focus on the stuff that I can control.

  • I can control my time.

  • If you've got a job

  • and you have to work a certain number of hours,

  • your boss could control that.

  • But you may have some flexibility there

  • to decide what you do with your time.

  • And after work, what are you doing with your time?

  • What are you doing with your time on weekends?

  • - Work your ass off. (relaxing upbeat music)

  • There is no magic pill.

  • It drives me crazy to go to the gym.

  • You read one hour a day.

  • I went and worked out five hours a day

  • and I was working on construction with 24 hours a day.

  • Organize your day.

  • Work hard.

  • - As an example for me,

  • and I'm not telling you that this is what you have to do,

  • I don't watch television

  • because it can be a huge time sink,

  • as in take a huge amount of time.

  • I'd rather use my time for other things.

  • You need to decide what's important for you

  • and prioritize what's important for you.

  • But the point is, is you can control your time.

  • You can decide where you spend your time.

  • So don't spend time on things that give you no return.

  • Rather spend time on things

  • that will give you a long return.

  • As an example,

  • I learnt about networking many, many years ago

  • and that's helped me over 20 years as an example.

  • The stuff that I learned 20 years ago

  • are still helping me today

  • because it's a foundation that I build upon.