I am fifty-seven years old today.

As I have done for the last twenty years, I plan to spend the day at the beach surrounded by family.

Birthdays don’t bum me out. I look forward to them. They are a time to celebrate life.

And that is what I plan to do.

I will make time today for myself, my work, and my friends and family.

Which is a microcosm of where I find myself in mid-life, seeking and largely finding a balance that keeps me healthy, happy and engaged.

And this blog is a big piece of that and I appreciate the role that all of you play in my life.

#life lessons

Comments (Archived):

  1. aminTorres

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Tom Labus

    Have a good day at the beach! Happy Birthday

  3. Mike Zamansky

    Is say go out and have a great birthday but it sounds like that’s the plan already!

  4. awaldstein

    Happy Bday Fred!It’s been a great summer for natural Pet Nat’s.I will raise one to you this evening!Enjoy!

  5. JimHirshfield

    Did you apply sunscreen liberally? Happy birthday!

    1. fredwilson

      yes, my mom and wife both remind me to do that

      1. JimHirshfield

        Glad you’ve got that covered

  6. LIAD

    I remember your birthday posts before you turned 5-0 .Time flies when having fun .Have a beer on the AVC posse today.

    1. fredwilson

      might be a glass of white wine, but i will do that.

  7. JamesHRH

    All the best, Fred.

  8. Alex Iskold

    Haha @JimHirshfield:disqus – keep an eye on whats really important 🙂 . HBD Fred!!!

  9. Tracey Jackson

    Happy Birthday Fred. And I hope you have a dry Jeep to drive around in!!!

    1. fredwilson

      not yet, but getting there. my yoga mat also got soaked. i keep it in the jeep. made mysore challenging in a good way today. slip siding away!

  10. narcluf

    Happy Birthday ! Thank you for these daily posts – I appreciate them a lot

  11. Daniel Sun

    All the best Fred, have a wonderful day!

  12. Victor Izmaylov

    Happy Birthday!

  13. leigh

    It’s funny to think I’ve been reading this blog for over 15 years (?) ish. I feel like I’ve watched your kids grow up. Time flies. Have a great birthday 🙂

    1. fredwilson

      yeah, they are all up and out of the house now.

  14. Gregg Freishtat

    Happy Birthday. Enjoy the beach.

  15. cedricbellet

    Happy birthday! I’ve been reading this blog for *gasp* at least 6 years now, and I’ve learnt and grown a lot in the process.

  16. Yb927

    Happy Birthday Fred. I’ve been (mostly) silently reading this blog consistently since it was launched in 2002. So On this your birthday – I want to say a profound thank you for your enormous dedication to the Herculean Scale of the blogging project which has touched and changed so many lives in its depth, consistency, scope, humor, breadth, intelligence, compassion and reach. It has been such an important and constant thing in my life that even when I don’t read it for a few days or weeks – just the knowledge that it’s there and that you are dedicated to the daily task of writing – is a huge comfort and guide. Like the Northern Star. I can’t tell you the how much I’ve learned from your thoughts (and the Gotham Gal’s), stories, links, videos, instruction, view on life, travel, appreciation for life. So on this your birthday I want to come out from the shadows of a “passive reader” and say a BIG thank you for all that you do and write to wish you (and all of us) many many more years of great writing and thinking and life.

    1. Dave Wilkes

      Agree 100%

    2. fredwilson

      thank you

    3. Mark Essel

      Right on, always enjoy checkin’ in when time allows. Dig this group and Fred’s commitment to sharing, and collective ideas.

  17. Paul Williams

    Happy Birthday big fella….. I’m only a few months behind you 😉

  18. Vinish Garg

    Happy Birthday Fred. Your blog tells a lot of how you have structured your lifestyle, around disciplines, methods, lot of fun and hard work, and of course sharing and learning and sharing with folks and community. Enjoy the day.

  19. Mac

    The Heinz one. Enjoy!

  20. Chimpwithcans

    HBD FW! Enjoy and thanks for the blog.

  21. Gayatri Sarkar

    Wish you a very happy Birthday. I learn a lot everyday by reading your blog. I appreciate the fact that you take time out of your busy schedule to write this blog. The new generations of VCs like me finds a great mentor in you through your blog. Thanks for the great legacy.

  22. William Mougayar

    Since you like art, here’s one from Jennifer Yane. “Youth is a gift of nature. Age is a work of art.”

    1. fredwilson

      i love that

  23. Guy Lepage

    Happy birthday sir. Enjoy the beach

  24. Amar

    Even the words in your post radiate a sense of confidence, calmness, acceptance and optimism. Happy birthday indeed.

    1. fredwilson

      those words are good ones. i appreciate you saying that.

      1. Amar

        Fwiw, your vulnerability and sense of security in who you are; is what allows you to be so transparent. That transparency has given me the opportunity to learn and grow from afar. I will always be grateful :-)A suggestion, you should consider getting a world class editor/interviewer and turn your AVC posts into a book.

  25. Thierry Ascarez

    Joyeux anniversaire Fred!

  26. B Tenneson

    Happy Birthday-Life is meant to be fun and enjoyable-livin the dream….

  27. TeddyBeingTeddy

    We appreciate you Fred! Happy bday

  28. Ali Deniz Gülaçtı

    hbd mr wilson, wish you many more happy & peaceful years with your loved ones.

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  30. Nick Terzo

    Sending wishes for a remarkable day and year ahead. Thanks to you for your continued generosity in sharing with us all on this blog. Enjoy.

  31. Boris Wertz

    Happy b-day, Fred!

  32. Jeremy Robinson

    Happy BDay Fred! Thanks for your positive contagion in this blog about all you learn and enjoy in your life. It’s enjoyable to be in the nosebleed seats being a fan of your journey.

  33. jason wright

    “The tragedy of growing old is not that one is old but that one is young.” – Oscar Wilde.Always be young. Never be tragic. Hope the weather is good.

  34. DJL

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the dedication and thoughtfulness required to publish daily on AVC. Having some form of “required daily reading” is a great way to start the day.

  35. Joe Marchese

    HB… enjoy the moment

  36. kidmercury

    happy birthday!

  37. Jose Maldonado

    Happy Birthday Fred!! Thank you for all your insights and mentor ship in both life, tech and business. I’ve been a big fan of your blog for the past year and a half, it’s helped me grow as an individual and as a leader. I particularly loved the quote “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”, it’s radically changed the way I manage both myself, my projects and others.

  38. BillMcNeely

    Happy Birthday Fred! Thanks for providing advice, how to and mentorship to both your home run hitters and the bench warmers

  39. PhilipSugar

    Happy Birthday!!!It is a good time to have fun with family. This weekend my SIL was in from Paris, we always make it a Birthday weekend (no matter when in the week it falls) I as usual did the cooking: Saturday: New York Strip, Garlic Mussels, and fresh Amish Corn on Sunday: Maryland Crabs, Applewood Smoked St. Louis Ribs, and smoked Jalapeños with cream cheese and bacon.People say you shouldn’t cook on your birthday but I hope you share a good meal with your family however it makes you happy. (cooking makes me happy)

    1. LE

      Happy Birthday Fred.If you want to live to a ripe old age don’t eat what Phil does (sorry Phil I guess if in moderation it’s ok but wow how do you digest all of that???)New York Strip, Garlic Mussels, and fresh Amish Corn on Sunday: Maryland Crabs, Applewood Smoked St. Louis Ribs, and smoked Jalapeños with cream cheese and baconThat said anything in moderation. But how do you eat some of those things? I’d be in pain if I even came close to ‘smoke Jalapenos with cream cheese and bacon’. Or the ribs for that matter.Sorry much of this is out of jealousy also I have to admit because I simply can’t tolerate eating either a large amount of food or even certain foods. That said the upside is I maintain 100% perfect weight with zero effort.

      1. PhilipSugar

        My inspiration is a neighbor I had. I think worrying about it is worse than doing it. Think of your Dad yup camps were not good for him. I had a neighbor (WWII Vet) that smoked two packs of Lucky Strike un-filters (nails as in your coffin a day), bottle of Jack Black Scotch as well. Strong as a horse until 98. Would work with me. Sure he went hard, but compared to a slow death?? In your sleep fine.

        1. LE

          My Dad’s doctor (and this is back when I was growing up) would say ‘the triglycerides won’t kill you but the worry will’.I just found that Dr’s med school graduation (1937):…The doctor died in 2000 at the age of 88.I will tell you the funny thing about cigarettes. The health issues are the net result of usage. Nobody ever says anything about the upside of usage. Obviously the question is if people didn’t smoke what other unhealthy activity would they be doing? How many times have you seen Wawa people catching a cigarette? Note in my area you mostly see lower class people smoking. A hanging air freshener I finally figured out means ‘I smoke’. As do those stupid things hanging over windows to prevent rain from coming in when someone is venting cigarette smoke.With the food you obviously get a great deal of pleasure both out of eating but also cooking and planning to eat. (So does JLM and for that matter so does Gotham Gal, right?)So I am not discounting (to my smoking point) the upside of the fun that you have. [1]Obviously most people don’t have the genes or the luck to smoke like your neighbor did and live that long.By the way last point is there is a big area between ‘die in sleep’ and the suffering of medical issues brought on by a bad event (which honestly I don’t kid myself about and I don’t also consider myself a foolish health nut or obsessed in any way shape or form).[1] You also know that I invented the theory of ‘flip the reward system’. So what I am telling you is that when I am able to resist the temptation of eating more than a sliver of cake I actually get a bump from that and a positive feeling. I get pleasure out of that abstinence that most likely rivals your pleasure from eating.

          1. PhilipSugar

            I am just saying that guy was putting in fence posts and hunting a month before he went down.

      2. Lawrence Brass

        There are a lot of myths about food but when eating the type of food Phil describes, which I love for celebrations, I always pair with a good and thick cabernet sauvignon. To close, tea with peppermint or aniseed. It works for me.No “perfect weight” for me though. 🙂

        1. Vasudev Ram

          Is the Chilean diet close to the Mediterranean diet? Read that the latter is healthy, same for French, even though they have a lot of butter and fat. Maybe the red wine helps.

          1. Lawrence Brass

            If people limited themselves to “ensaladas”, maybe. But not really. Central Chile food has Spanish roots, which is more greasy I think. And people also like to bbq. It is a mix.I don’t have evidence, but wine helps.

        2. Vasudev Ram

          “Thick?” Not clear. (I don’t know much about wine.)Aniseed – what part – the seeds?

    2. Vasudev Ram

      Where are the carbs and veggies (for a balanced diet), except for the corn? Or did you have it but not mention it?And if it’s sweet corn I have read it is not so healthy. Other cereals and even potatoes may be better.Also, HFCS in food products (processed ones at least).…No criticism, just interested. I keep reading about what people in other countries eat.

      1. PhilipSugar

        We have more organic vegetables than you can imangine from my garden. Tomato’s peaches plums peppers just not as sexy. 🙂

    3. Lawrence Brass

      I can understand that happiness. I think that it is a beautiful way to give, selecting and cooking food for the ones you love. To feed them, to please them, to share with them.. nervously expecting their verdict through the expression in their faces, after the first bite.

  40. Jeremy Shatan

    Happy birthday, Fred! Thanks for your inspiring, interesting and informative thoughts – look forward to many more!

  41. Lawrence Brass

    Happy Birthday! .. and thank you.

  42. Robert Heiblim

    Happy happy Birthday Fred!

  43. george

    Happy Birthday and continued Harmony…

  44. Stephanie Artner

    Happy Birthday Fred 🙂 wishing you a beautiful day with your family on the beach. Thanks for sharing your gift of writing with us on a daily basis. You inspire me to do the same.

  45. Faye Hall

    Happy birthday Fred! Love your blog! Many many more!

  46. lynnerae

    Happy birthday, Fred! Enjoy your special day, and adding my voice to all of the others here in appreciation of the ‘gift’ you give all of us every day…!!

  47. Kabir Kadre

    Happy birthday Fred! Thanks for taking us all along on your journey. 🙂

  48. mplsvbhvr

    HBD Fred – enjoy the R&R.

  49. Erin

    Happy birthday, Fred!

  50. Jim Borden

    Happy Birthday, Fred!

  51. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Just remember, old punks never die. They just stand at the back. Glad to see you’re still in the mosh ;-P

  52. K_Berger

    Happy birthday! Thanks for all the work and love you put into this every day.

  53. bob

    happy birthday fred. perhaps gotham gal should be out shopping for a new jeep ? enjoy

  54. Emi Gal

    Happy birthday, Fred!

  55. Adam Parish

    Thanks for sharing, even on your birthday.

  56. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS:SPOILER ALERT!Let me tell you why you are here. 1:20…———-The idea of celebrating the date of your birth is a pagan tradition. In fact, many Christians didn’t celebrate birthdays historically, because of that link to paganism. Pagans thought that evil spirits lurked on days of major changes, like the day you turn a year older.…Captain Obvious!#UNEQUIVOCALLYUNAPOLOGETICALLYINDEPENDENT

  57. Phil Hayes-St Clair

    Happy birthday from downunder Fred! May this year be your best yet.

  58. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS:Paganism is synonymous with America’s holidays and celebrations origins.Captain Obvious!#UNEQUIVOCALLYUNAPOLOGETICALLYINDEPENDENT

    1. Vasudev Ram

      Are you Celtic or Teutonic?

      1. creative group

        Vasudev Ram:We personally are not of European (Scottish, Irish, Welch or German) origin but there are several within our group who acknowledge those ethnic descriptions.You assumed because we defined Paganism that we adhere to the pagan culture? You would be wrong. We abhor pagan anything.Captain Obvious!#UNEQUIVOCALLYUNAPOLOGETICALLYINDEPENDENT

        1. Vasudev Ram

          I did not assume anything.I was pulling your leg, my friend.Pagans are cool guys, BTW ;-)Have a good day.

  59. RichardF

    Happy Birthday Freddy boy!

  60. Vasudev Ram

    Happy birthday, Fred.

  61. Terry J Leach

    Happy Birthday Fred! You opened a door of learning about VC and more thanks years ago and you keep going strong. May you find balance in all things for years to come.

  62. Verlton Gordon

    Happy Born Day Young Man!

  63. denmeade

    Happy Birthday. I hope you have a lovely day. Thank you for all the ideas and insights you share.

  64. ShanaC

    happy birthday fred. may you have many more

    1. Vasudev Ram

      Didn’t see you around here for a while, Shana.

      1. ShanaC

        life has been complicated for me

        1. Vasudev Ram

          Hope things get better for you soon, if there are issues.

  65. Richard

    Happy Birthday 57 vs 75, a lot of runway, the new middle !

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  67. Ram Ramdattan

    Happy Birthday Fred- Thank You for all you do and share !

  68. tgodin

    I hope you’ve been having a great day, Fred. Happy Birthday.

  69. howardlindzon

    how many times have you peed today. pretty much all that matters now

  70. Adam Sher

    Happy birthday, @fredwilson ! Thank you for sharing your blog with us.

  71. Cyril Nicodème

    I rarely comment here even though I read your blog everyday. Happy Birthday Fred! You are right looking forward this day, and you are absolutely right to enjoy them!Have a nice day! 🙂

  72. WA

    Happy belated…and to you – what so many others here have said.

  73. Ram

    Belated Happy Birthday Fred. You have made a big difference in my life with your daily posts. I was introduced to your post 6 years back and have been following consistently. You are one my life mentor, I gain lot of knowledge from your post and try to use it my life . I really got introduced to Start up world from your posts and even worked for a Start U. Thank you Fred for all the wisdom you provide.

  74. JIE DU

    Happy Birthday Captain.

  75. Russel Russel

    I’ve never made a comment here, even though I’ve been reading for the past 3 years without missing a post. I’ve never been on social media whatsoever and never will, so this may be my first and last comment on the internet.Here, I’ve learned about entrepreneurship, relationships, wealth creation, and giving back. Here, I wanted to settle down and have a family because I saw the unconditional love you give to your wife and kids. Here, I became an optimist and believed that I would change the world for the better one day.Thanks so much for sharing all these valuable lessons in life. Happy Birthday. I love you.

  76. Matt Pinover

    Happy Birthday, Fred! I am new to venture and love reading your blog. It was recommended to me by a friend about a year ago and I have since recommended it to anyone I’ve come across looking to get into VC. Thank you again!