25 things for my 25th birthday

25 Things for My 25th Birthday

Erik Thoughts of a Mastermind 29 Comments

Happy Birthday to Me! Today, I turn 25.

My 25th Year

I’m confident my 25th year will be one of my best years. I spent the last 5.5 months working on myself and sharing with the readers of The Mastermind Within. I’ve read over 30 books in 2017, and saved a good amount of money. I’ve started a business, and am staying healthy. I’m very happy with how things are going and look to continue on that success.

With that, here are 25 random facts for you about me!

25 Random Facts

  1. I was born 25 years ago.

  2. I’m passionate about helping people achieve their goals and dreams.
  3. I’m lucky to have all 4 of my grandparents still living. I’m lucky to have two parents who love each other and are not divorced. I’m lucky my family taught me the value of saving.
  4. When I was 10, I wanted to be a statistician for an MLB team. While I didn’t make it to the MLB, I’m a statistician at a bank! 🙂
  5. I got 4.0 one semester in high school and one semester in college. Otherwise, it was my GPA was usually between 3.5 and 3.9.
  6. I’ve lived in 2 states in the U.S. I’ve lived in 9 different buildings – 3 houses in childhood, 5 apartments/dorms during college, and my current house.
  7. If I could re-live one day of my life, I’d go back to my 22nd birthday. My friends showed up all wearing Hawaiian shirts and when we went out to the bar, everyone knew who we were 🙂
  8. My favorite non-fiction book is The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson. My favorite fiction book is The Alchemist.
  9. I had a chest full of hair at 15. I still can’t really grow a beard due to my blonde hair.
  10. My house was built in 1900.
  11. When I was 14, I hit a home run during a baseball game over the fence. I slid into second base. Upon getting up, the other team’s shortstop walks up to me and says, “Hey man, you hit it over the fence.” Oops!
  12. I’m reading 75 books this year to increase my perspective on the world. I’m through 30 so far!
  13. I’ve only been out of the United States one time and that was to Canada for a few days.
  14. I have 4 sisters and a great supportive family. My great grandpa is 93 and I saw him on Easter. He is still kicking it!
  15. The heaviest I’ve ever been was 177 pounds. I’m currently about 160 pounds.
  16. I’ve never smoked a cigarette, a blunt, hookah, or anything. When I was 16, I had a collapsed lung (spontaneous pneumothorax for the doctors in the house). I’m healthy now, though, as a result, I’m careful with my intake of air.
  17. I have 10 books sitting on my side table waiting to be read in the room I’m sitting in writing this answer, and 14 books in the other room on a different table.
  18. I never drank coffee until this year and now I really enjoy it.
  19. The most cash I’ve ever had in the bank was $19k.
  20. I’m starting a Kombucha Tea Subscription box service with a business partner. We are launching June 1st. Right now, we are working on the website, creating a kickstarter, and working on marketing and content creation. I have no idea how this will go, but LIFE IS A LEARNING PROCESS!!! Super excited on this endeavor.
  21. I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in about 20 seconds. My personal record is 9.91 seconds. I own 11 different cube puzzles (2×2 – 7×7, Pyraminx, etc.)
  22. My favorite food is shrimp. I love blueberries as well.
  23. The most I ever bench pressed was 265 lbs for 1 rep. The most I ever squatted was 340 lbs for 1 rep. I can touch rim in basketball, but have never dunked.
  24. I’m 5′8″. I haven’t grown since I was 15.
  25. My love language is acts of service.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Happy Birthday to me!

Do you have any suggestions for me in my 25th year?




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Comments 29

  1. Happy birthday Erik. Looking at your pictures elsewhere, I thought you are a lot taller than 5’8″.

    My advice for your 25th birthday is to never stop believing in yourself and your ability. Keep on going no matter how tough the situation is. You’ll need this motivation when you encounter obstacles from time to time.

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  2. Happy Birthday Erik. Great list, looking through yours made me think a bit about what my own would say; a fun exercise!

    My advice for you is to always remember your “why?” for every side of life. If you’re dreading working on some project, take a minute to think about why you started it and what it will help you to accomplish. Life’s too short to lose your inspiration and drive. Most of all, enjoy life!

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      Thanks Ryan for stopping by. It was a fun exercise, I think I’ll try and add one each year 🙂

      That’s great advice, there must be a why for everything you do.

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  3. I might recommend you remove the where born info. Social security numbers are not random, an unscrupulous person can use mat based on your city and date to predict your social security number.

    Happy birthday. My advice, remember to enjoy now as well. Hard driven folks like yourself can get too held up on a goal and miss today. Yolo isn’t a good idea either, the medium should be the goal.

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      Hey FTF, thanks… I removed it.

      I’m fairly laid back for how goal driven I seem on paper. Though I do spend a lot of time on myself, I realize balance is key. Thanks for stopping by

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  4. HAPPY Birthday, Erik! Thanks for sharing your random facts.

    Advice – Make sure you stop and smell the tea leaves (see what I did there 😉 ) as you are only 25 once. Don’t rush progress…let things happen, and they will.

    Wishing you all the best!

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      Hey Amy, I appreciate the advice. Each day, I try to have about 15-30 minutes of time where I just walk around and appreciate life. I tend to do this either at work (go for a long walk over lunch) or if it’s the weekend, go to the lake/beach.

      Have a good day – thanks for stopping by.

  5. A very happy birthday to you, Erik!
    My advice to my 25 year old self would be to try not to take myself to seriously. I think that’s the best tip I can offer.

  6. Happy Birthday!

    That is a pretty solid bench and squat for 160.

    My advice, don’t forget to find you a woman while you’re hustling. It sounds cheesy but a great woman can do more for your life than anything else.

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      Hey Grant, thanks for the advice. I’m definitely looking – just need to be patient and keep an eye out for a good one! 🙂

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      Hey Max, I appreciate your comment and thanks for stopping by. I’m looking for a great wife, just need to be patient and persistent!

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  7. Happy Birthday! Just had mine a few weeks ago as well. Love the transparency in the article as well as the site itself. Easier to comment with your readers. Don’t worry, I have been stuck at 5’10 since about 8th grade and haven’t grown since either. Although I can grow and rock a fantastic beard haha. Cheers!

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  8. I’m sooo late for the party, it’s almost embarrassing to comment! But Happy belated Birthday anyway!

    Being 25 is awesome! Especially when you’ve already accomplished so much 🙂

    Keep up the great work and hopefully another 25 years from now, you’ll have 50 new things to share with fellow bloggers 🙂

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      Thanks for stopping by Adriana! No worries on being late to the party, I took a few days off as well!

      Who knows where we will be in 25 years! Still blogging I hope!

  9. Happy belated bday!

    My favorite food is shrimp. I love blueberries as well. – For this the second one is good due to the antioxidants 🙂

    I try to limit my shrimp because of the cholesterol, although I go crazy with the coconut shrimp at Red Lobster every now and then. I remember I was in London during my 25th bday for work, but was lucky as I flew in my newly wed wife to join me for the weekend! That was many years ago.

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      Thanks SMM – It’s too bad that shrimp and blueberries don’t really go together…. or do they! Time to start a trend!

  10. Happy (belated) Birthday!
    I really enjoyed this post – everything about it gives off positivity; you’ve got a great life attitude. Good luck on your Kombucha endeavor; developing side hustles like that is super exciting.

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