Simon Cowell, who celebrates his 50th birthday October 7, penned an introspective letter to his younger self published in the UK Daily Mail.
The essay, in typical Cowell form, is brutally honest, as the American Idol judge looks back at his career, from flying high in 80's excess, to having to move back in with his parents in the early 90s (when his professional luck turned for the worse), and back to worldwide fame and riches this decade. He shares a few maxims (based on life experience) with the younger, more arrogant version of himself.
"In the end, you cannot get rid of the house or the stupid white Porsche quick enough," Cowell writes to his younger self in the newspaper story. "You have hit rock bottom and it is, in a strange way, a huge relief. Yet the funny thing is, what you don't know, Simon, is that you will never again feel so carefree in your entire life."
Cowell continues telling the story of his rise, fall and rise again, writing: "You have made a lot of money by listening to what your heart and your head are saying. It took you years, but you got there in the end."
The moral of Simon's story? Not a bad one in these tough economic times: "What would you tell your younger self about all this? It sounds a bit boring but it is very important: only buy what you can afford. Simple as that. Carrying a debt is a much bigger burden than having nothing."