Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew in College

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / September 16, 2010

So with the addition of Gmails Priority inbox I was filtering out some of my oldest starred mail in efforts to reorganize my inbox when I came across an incredibly powerful email from a friend that was sent to me just before my college graduation.  Take a look and see what you can learn…

To: Matt Wilson

From: Rob Ianelli

Date: Tue, April 29, 2008 1:12PM

Subject: Top Ten Things

Hey Dude,

So the other day I was ripping through my closet tossing all sorts of stuff I don’t need anymore in garbage bags. Sifting through a folder of papers from AU (American University) I found a list that I remember my Aunt from Chubb (Insurance) sending me. It was a Top 10 wishes list from the President of some company, or maybe even a College.

I think you’ll dig this. Especially where we’re about to go in life. I read this over 2 years ago and forgot about much of it, but realized I’ve been living almost all of it and I’m guessing you have too.

So here it is: Top Ten Things I wish I Had Known in College

1. Your room for improvement is always your biggest room — so spend some time filling it up.

2. How do you combat inexperience? Over preparation.

3. There is never a substitute for enthusiasm: not skill, not talent, not expertise– the person with enthusiasm always wins.

4. In ever adversity, there lies a seed of equal or greater benefit.

5. Five years from now, your future will be most determined by the books you read and the people you associated with.

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6. Many of the rewards in life come when you are out there on the extra mile.

7. You have to have some principles that you can believe in and that you won’t waver from.

8. Never forget where you came from…and you helped you get there.

9. There is no luck in success. Success is where opportunity and preparation meet.


10. Observe what the masses of people do, and then do the opposite.

Rob Ianelli

Please pass this on to your favorite college student and let us know what are some things you wish you knew in college in the comments below!!

About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.


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