Anthony Milewski is the Chairman of Nickel 28 – a battery metals focused investment company with a focus on metal streaming and royalty agreements.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
Eastern Washington. It is an amazing place for a child to grow up. I spent my time in the outdoors free from the stress and problems of a large city.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
Time is one of the only finite resources in our lives. It passes incredibly quickly. Make sure and reflect on how you spend your time, you don’t get it back. If there is something you want to do, achieve, change…there is no better time to start than now.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
I don’t like the advice to simply “follow your dreams”. Too often I think that is interpreted to mean that you don’t have to work hard to succeed. I do not know anyone in any profession who is successful that does not work extremely hard to achieve success. It doesn’t matter if you are an athlete, an executive at a large company, or an entrepreneur, there is no substitute for hard work and dedication.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Attention to detail. Goal setting. Planning. Finishing what I start.
What is your morning routine?
I like to get up early. Check my email and text to make sure nothing urgent came in from a different time zone and then go for a run. I find that if I don’t exercise at the beginning of the day I never find time for it and I don’t feel as good.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
Meditation. Take even a few moments out of the day to find yourself.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
A key to being productive is being organized. Everyone needs to develop their own system, however, you have to have some sort of system to stay on top of the various balls one has in the air and in order to make sure that you can keep on top of the details of your life. “Failure to plan is planning to fail.”
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
This is a really difficult question as different books have impacted me at different times. Instead of a particular title, I would note that I enjoy reading history books and finance books. Humans are prone to living their lives in patterns. This pertains to the mundane, such as your morning routine, but it also pertains to larger issues that affect all of humanity. We are facing serious environmental and social issues around the globe, and in order to best address these issues I believe we need to start by looking at our past and contemplating how we got to where we are and what we can do to learn from both our successes and our failures. This is true on a personal level as well as for all of humanity.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
“The Earth is the one thing we all share in common”