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Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Young

Below are some short Things I wish I knew when I was Young concepts you may draw upon for inspiration in your writing.

Truth and facts are essential pursuits
Don’t worry too much about what other people think of you – it’s a waste of time
Don’t put off today what can be done tomorrow – tomorrow is not guaranteed
Let it go – you cannot change what occurred – learn and do better next time
There’s no such thing as an overnight success – work hard toward your goal and maybe you’ll succeed
Believe in yourself, or nobody else will
Don’t burn bridges – most anyone can impact your future
However, do not tolerate liars, cheats, disrespectful, or offensive people
Money is not the most important thing – a good life lived makes an impact
Don’t be afraid to speak the truth – never compromise your integrity
Be yourself – if you’re a conformist, you’ll never stand out
Be yourself – you cannot make the right kind of friends for you … if you’re not you
Be yourself – the most likable version of you is you
If you seek only to fit in, in time, you will not understand yourself
Don’t be in a rush to grow up
Look for the good in everything
Its never too late to start taking care of yourself
Failure does not define you
If you don’t try, you cannot fail
Forgive others, don’t hold onto resentment – resentment only hurts you
Be authentic, be vulnerable – truth results in connection with people that are right for you
Enjoy the simple moments
There are a thousand ways to say anything – choose your words
Everything in life is on a bell curve – seek to be above average in all facets of life
Life can only get more complex – seek to keep things simple
The decisions you make today will impact tomorrow
Don’t always go for the bigger money – seek to build experience and knowledge
Do not resist change – life is change, you’re better off leading change than letting change lead you
Some rules are meant to be broken
The world mostly wants to extract money from your wallet
Confidence is not built on lies
Always push your personal envelope – stagnation will destroy your spirit
There are only virtuous circles and downward spirals – nothing stays the same
Value your friendships – be a good friend
Not everyone will like you – that’s okay
You are the 5 people you spend the most time with — be careful who you surround yourself with
Don’t change your dreams for someone else
Don’t change someone else’s dreams to satisfy you
Take care of things yourself
Seek win/win results
A fast buck today is not an investment in tomorrow
The anticipation is worse than the actual event
You cannot control others; all you can control is you
Learn to live with and accept uncertainty
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
You teach people how to treat you
Your thoughts create your reality
Do some crazy stuff – life’s too short to keep it safe all the time
Have compassion for others – compassion builds connectedness
It’s okay to ask for help – occasionally
Understand how important your credit rating is
Have an emergency fund and keep building it – eventually, you will use it
Take responsibility for your actions
Understand the difference between urgent and important
See your dentist regularly
Don’t take yourself too seriously
Listen to your gut – failure to listen to your gut will lead to bad outcomes
Regret is wasted time – learn from the past and do better next time
Read, learn – never stop improving yourself
Buy quality – avoid cheap junk – then take care of your stuff
Don’t buy so much junk – get what you need and has real value
Do not make excuses
Invest in your health
Be as fearless as you can be
Life Goes Fast – live each moment
Time goes by more quickly as you get older
Don’t believe everything you hear/see
Seize the day
Don’t let societal pressures drive you – do what you are set on doing – but do something
Compound interest – understand it
Eliminate, simplify, automate – be more productive first by eliminating low-value activities, simplify the activities you need to do, automate where you can
Hang with people who are better than you
If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time
Quit tanning
Procrastination is your biggest enemy
Make exercise a priority
Map out a five-year plan
Start saving for your retirement as early as you can
Accepting help doesn’t mean you’re weak
It’s okay to be selfish sometimes
Cut out toxic relationships
Be forgiving of yourself and others
Doing the right thing is often more difficult – do it anyhow
It’s okay to say “no”
Don’t compare yourself to others, your journey is your journey
Focus on being successful, not looking successful
Your body is your greatest gift, take care of it
Hard work beats talent
Planning is critical – even though little turns out as planned
Sometimes you just have to dive in and figure it out as you go
Don’t “act” like an adult/parent
Dress well – look sharp
Speak well
If you don’t take risks, you can fail, if you do nothing, you get what you put in
Get your sleep
Live below your means


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