Go to College

Major in something interesting, yet impractical; like English, Philosophy, or Art History. It doesn’t really matter because you won’t be going to class much or graduating. Don’t go anywhere too fancy where you may make connections, and don’t go to a trade school where you may learn a marketable skill. A nice state school will work just fine. The goal here is to get out of your parents home and meet fellow derelicts (read as, make drug connections) while incurring just enough in school loans to keep you cash poor for a decade or so. Embrace the “college life” (read as, binge drinking), and enjoy yourself! But don’t get too used to it, you won’t be there long.


Get a Job

Not a career. Paradoxically, you must not live up to your potential in order to exceed it. Do work you feel is beneath you and be underpaid. Find something menial that doesn’t require or develop any special or particularly marketable skills. Retail and restaurant work is excellent for maintaining stasis.
Crappy jobs are essential to wasting your youth for eventual success. Here, you may shine just a bit (not enough to get promoted) to ensure being stuck in the same type of position for a couple of decades. This will cultivate, first your angst and then your compassion. Start young. It’ll take a long time to crush your ego so that once you’re a wealthy superstar, you’ll be able to relate to common folk and keep humble.

Unsettle-in and get uncomfortable. It may not seem like the most pleasurable way to spend your time. It isn’t. That’s the whole point. If not for paltry beginnings, you’ll have nothing to look forward to.

Be Normal

This is slightly different than being average, as average people may be eccentric or uncommon or may otherwise stand out. It’s important to blend in with the crowd. You may be exceptionally bright or dull, but you must never let it show. Keep your brilliant or insane ideas in a journal. Draw them or write them, but don’t show them to anyone or attempt to publish them any time before middle age. Until you can make a name, you must have no name. Being an artist/writer/dancer/musician is truely the best way to waste your youth. No one will ever expect anything from you.

You may feel excessively ebullient or depressed at times. Keep it to yourself. You can be happy without being vivacious. You may be blue, but not depressed. Appearing boring is really for the best. This is not to say that you shouldn’t indulge your emotions or hone your individual talents and skills, but you must do it privately. Remember, thoughts stay inside your head and journals stay under your bed.

Be Average

It helps. But even if you’re above or below average this can be squelched or molded so that you may appear average. Appearing average is essential. Rising too far above average or dipping too far below average could garner too much attention. It’s very important to stay under the radar and become invisible to anyone who may try to mentor and motivate you.