In Gold, a father talks to his son about not wasting his time and to live his life with purpose and focus.
Henry: Needless to say you’re a little shit. A spoiled rotten little shit. You’ve been given everything! Every opportunity rests at your feet and you squander it. Is there something I’m missing? You take all of this for granted.
When I was your age I had to work to pay for my own education. I grew up waiting on lines with your Grandmother so we could get food stamps. You know what food stamps are? Money coupons to be able to buy groceries at the supermarket cause we had nothing. Kids would make fun of me at school because my shoes had holes in them so bad you could see the white sock underneath and that too had its own holes. Times were tough but we got on with it.
I’ve built my own company with my own two hands day and night, around the clock. When your mother became pregnant I refused to do it any other way but the hard way because that was the only way I knew we were going to have a shot at giving you a good life.
We weren’t staying in the gutter!
You’re eighteen years old. You have your entire future ahead of you. Not for long. Trust me on that. Not for too long, son. Youth expires. What you do now is what will count for later. What you do now will make all the difference later in your life.
You get your act together. Stop wasting time and playing games. Live your youth but don’t waste it. You don’t want to wake up at forty and be nothing. These next twenty years are gold, son. It’s up to you to polish it, protect it and use it to create more gold.