I'm also 23. And as hard as I work, there's still so much slack for me to pick up. It's definitely all about self discipline. And if you have friends you hang out with, you're going to have to learn to say "no" sometimes... actually, quite often most likely...
And you can't give up. You have to make the decision that you're either going to win or die trying. It's a big commitment to make, and I think it takes some real soul searching.
@Griffin it's good to hear you manning up. Most people don't get to that point. Most people just live in constant denial and complacency . Every penny you spend frivelously is hurting your chances of success. And likewise, every second you spend away from your business is hurting you. And time is even more valuable than money. The three things you need to invest are:
Money, Time, Thoughts...
One of the biggest investments people overlook is the investment of your thoughts. You become what you think about. And there's only so much room inside your head for thoughts. Also, once you think something, it's basically impossible to get it out of your head, and it can be tremendously hard to even bury it. Something could be free, and it could take up no time at all, but it could cost you a lot of your thoughts.
Say your girlfriend breaks up with you.. or you just saw an ad for a really cool movie... or there's another girl you think is cute or something... all these things take no money or hardly any time away from you, but they take your thoughts. So now, you're thinking about why your gf broke up with you, and your think about the good ol days. You think about that cool movie and who you should invite to see it with you; what you will wear, should you invite that girl you think is cute?? etc.... and all those thoughts are wasted, because they could have been used thinking about music and business related ideas instead.
I believe a Zen saying goes something like "You have to empty your cup before you can fill it". Ever heard of "Think And Grow Rich"? It's true, you think yourself to success. Your actions simply follow your thoughts.
And that's why I spend so much time talking with you guys. Since I have like no friends I hang out with anymore, I have a hole in my social life. But I choose to fill it by talking with you guys where everything stays relative. But even more than make new friends and networking, talking about all these things with you guys keeps my own mind in the right place.