The 6 things I’d do Differently if I was Born Again

Chris Herd
4 min readOct 3, 2017


1 — Read more

I’ve learned more in the last 2 years than I did in 18 years of school because I rediscovered a love for reading and autodidactism

I consume a new book every week relating to any and every subject that captures my attention.

I use books to fuel the fire that is my imagination

Instead of relying on other people to define the curriculum that I should follow I allowed my inquisitive nature and curiosity to propel me forward.

I’ve learned about quantum mechanics, Theodore Roosevelt and the evolution of man in the last month while supplementing that with some of Russia’s most fabled works of fiction

2 — Fail More

We fail to recognize the opportunity we are afforded when we are young to make mistakes, learn, recover and evolve

We mistakenly assume that failure is fatal and let this paralyse us from taking risks.

We stop asking questions for fear of judgement or other people thinking we are stupid

We drift through life aimlessly between experiences striving for perfection instead of learning from failure and coming back stronger.

Youth is the safety net that provides you the opportunity to dream

Children should be encouraged to take more risks when they are young because it endows them with the ability to dream for the rest of their lives.

3 — Never Settle

Settling is easy, we’ve all done it

Instead of living the life we love we live the life that others expect us to.

We see what everyone else is doing and accept that for ourselves instead of trusting ourselves to find true happiness. We have evolved to live lives where certain milestones must be ticked off by certain ages otherwise people start to ask…



Chris Herd

CEO / Founder / Coach @FirstbaseHQ Empowering people to work in their lives not live at work ✌️✌