As a kid, Julian’s Mom made him grow a tree to teach him patience.
She made him swim 10 laps for an ice cream cone.
Today, Julian is a world-class athlete, serial entrepreneur, and now, soon-to-be bestselling author.
Discover how seemingly small and unimportant decisions have a huge and often unexpected impact on your life.
1. The Tree story – Learning delayed gratification .
2. The Swimming story – Ice cream as a reward
3. The Gymnastics story – Finish what you start
4. The Sandwich story – Outselling the school cafeteria
5. The SAT story – Studying the dictionary
6. The Saving story – Monopoly in real life
Julian Hosp is an entrepreneur and business owner, originally from Austria and now residing in Hong Kong. He is the author of the new book, “25 Stories I Would Tell My Younger Self.”
Julian is now 29 years old, and he settled in Hong Kong 3.5 years ago. He originally left Austria at the age of 16 to attend school in the United States. He says he as always a rebellious child growing up, and had a strong sense of adventure.
“I just wanted to leave (Austria) and do something different”
His mother had a huge influence on him. She grew up after the Second World War, when resources were scarce.
Julian’s mother wanted to instil the same hard working mentality in him and his sister. One time, when he had to grow a tree from a seedling a school project, his mother wouldn’t let him quit when other children did. She made him water it consistently, and after 8 to 9 months, Julian started seeing results with the tree coming out of the ground.
“Today when I want to give up, I think of my mom saying that nature is going to take care of you, it’s going to work, and you have to believe”
His mother disagreed with giving children something for free. She wanted him to giving something in order to get back in return. When they went to the community swimming pool, in order to get a treat, Julian’s mother would have him swim ten times back and forth first.
“I learned that nothing in life comes free. You have to give value to get back.”
The idea of delaying instant gratification for results is an important one. Julian and Bolaji discuss the “Marshmallow Experiment”, a study where children were placed in a room and offered a marshmallow, or the opportunity to wait 20 minutes to get two. In following up with the kids, it was discovered that those that practiced delayed gratification during the experiment were much
more successful in life.
Julian’s first experience with entrepreneurship happened unintentionally in junior high. He and a friend started buying sandwiches in bulk to sell to classmates, at a lower cost than the cafeteria food.
“Later on, I looked for a problem in a market, found the solution and gave my best to execute”
“Spotting problems is not so difficult, the harder part is finding the solution
Julian believes that instead of just studying, kids should learn “how” to study. When he came to America at 16, he didn’t know English and only had a few short years to master the language and write his SATs. To do this, he literally studied the dictionary and studied 10-12 hours a day leading up to the exams (Julian nearly maxed out in Math and English, finishing in the top 1%).
He learned about the value of money at as a young child from his mother.
“She had a really clear value of money. She was a saver. I just always realized that saving is not going to make you rich, it’s going to be a good foundation.”
Cartoon: Asterix and Obelix
Video Game: He didn’t play them (his dad kept him busy, teaching him to be active)
Family Tradition: Before sitting down to eat, his family said thanks for what they had
Embarrassing Moment: At the age of 8, he wanted to dress up for carnival. His mother died his hair red, but it was a colour that stayed in his hair for months.
Julian’s new book is released Sunday, November 15th. For the first two days, it can be downloaded for free.