10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 30

by Brandon Steiner May 02, 2013 0 Comments

Last Friday, we had a guest blogger from the Millennial Generation.

Today I'm bringing it back to the Boomers, with a guest post from Geri Brin, Founder of the exquisite website FabOverFifty.

Geri wrote a list of 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 30, which I'm posting here. And I wrote one for her blog, which I'm previewing below Geri's list; you can view my full list on her blog.

A little on Geri: Before launching"FOF" five years ago, Geri ran her own custom publishing and marketing company and was a long-time executive at Fairchild Publications. Like me, she grew up in New York (except in her case Queens, not Brooklyn). Geri graduated from NYU and curently lives in Manhattan.

It's interesting to see where our lists overlap. Clearly some things really are universal. (Don't forget to add your thoughts in the comments section!)


10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 30 by Geri Brin, 66

1. Angry people are unhappy people. Trying to assuage or please them won't lessen their anger. It'll only increase yours. Steer clear of them whenever possible.

2. Lying in the sun for hours, with baby oil (mixed with iodine) slathered all over your body, could lead to incurable - and fatal - skin cancer.

3. Your family is your biggest advocate.

4. If you're athletic, your body will reward you in the future.

5. Keep your friends close and your enemies as far away as possible. Good rarely comes from trying to turn detractors into allies.

6. Learning about economics and finances is a good thing

7. Never, ever do something for someone, expecting or hoping they'll pay you back.

8. I wish I had known that Brooklyn would become the hottest borough in NYC and property that you couldn't give away would eventually be worth a king's ransom.

9. If you have an idea that you know is brilliant, don’t let anyone stop you from exploring and developing it.

10. If you know you’re quicker, smarter, more passionate and kinder than your bosses, leave the company and start your own business.


10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 30 by Brandon Steiner, 54

1. I would have learned more about how my body works - and treated it a lot better. I would have eaten smarter. Growing up, I wish I had listened to the older kid in my neighborhood who was snacking on carrots and celery when I was eating all that candy and cake!

2. I would have gotten a lot more sleep.

3. I would have gone home for dinner more when my kids where real young – or at least left work a little earlier, some nights.

4. I would have learned how to pay a musical instrument and hopefully played in a band. (Having hobbies is really important as you grow older.)

Please visit Geri's blog for the rest of my list.

Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner


Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.

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