If you could go back in time and have a talk with yourself at 15 or 16 years old, what would Adult You tell Teenage You about life?
My first response to this question, of course, was that it's a moot point: It doesn't matter what I'd tell my 16-year-old self. Because I wouldn't have listened. I mean, I'd have pretended to listen. And I could take a test shortly thereafter and ace it. But odds are that none of it would stick. I'd go right back to buying CDs, computer games, and car-stereo equipment.
Still, it is something of an interesting exercise, if not a thoroughly original one. (Robert Kiyosaki, if you're reading, feel free to chime in here.) So if I could shred the space-time continuum, what might I go back and tell my high-school self? (As far as money and overall life issues are concerned, at least.)
- All the folks who tell you you can't make any money doing things you love to do? They're wrong. Can't find an opportunity? Create one.
- The mishandling of money and debt will cause more people more grief than just about anything else in their lives. It will be all around you, and while some people will spend a great deal of effort creating appearances, the truth and pain will be visible just beneath the surface. Learn from your own mistakes, but better yet, learn from the mistakes of others.
- Work hard. Learn hard. Look for problems and find ways to solve them. The bigger the problems you solve, the bigger your paychecks.
- We trade our time and our lives for money. Make sure the tradeoff is worth it.
- Load up on Microsoft stock.
And some snippets from the message-board banter:
Uplifting, ain't it? And this gem:
1. Stop chasing women. They are nothing but heartache and a financial burden.
2. Invest in yourself. Learn and use your money to apply to things you learn.
I don't know about his #1, but I'm all for #2. And finally:
I dunno. The poster in question probably copy 'n' pasted that one in from somewhere else. But I suppose I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt. And I'm certainly too lazy to go Googling for the original source, if there is one.
So how about you? Any useful nuggets you could have stood to hear back then?
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