Life Lessons For The Next Generation

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    Feb 05, 2008 12:22 AM GMT
    At 20 years of age I am constantly pondering life. I want to know who I am, what to do, how to do it, etc. I have always had a hunger for learning from experienced people. So I want to know what advice you fellow RJers would give to a person just entering life.

    If you could start again, and take with you one life lesson or some kind of knowledge, what would that beicon_question.gif
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    Feb 05, 2008 12:32 AM GMT
    Education is a life long road.
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    Feb 05, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    1)GET YOUR EDUCATION!
    2) Do what you love, the money will follow!
    3) Live, Love and Laugh like it's your last day on earth.
    4) Travel the world, get to know your fellow mankind and give back to the world.
    5) Be healthy, exercise, eat well!
    6) Mentor someone.
    7) Don't be afarid of giving your heart to someone you love.icon_smile.gif
    icon_cool.gif Be kind and civil to everyone, you never know when where, why or how you may run into them again.
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    Feb 05, 2008 12:40 AM GMT
    Life will constantly be changing; accept, don't fight, this notion.
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    Feb 05, 2008 1:06 AM GMT
    Never, ever, ever regret anything you do, and don't make excuses for yourself. Just learn from every experience, good, bad, or otherwise.

    And always remember...there's always gonna be a tomorrow when you look back on yourself and say "man, I was dumb and naive! Look how far I've come!"
  • liftordie

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    Feb 05, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    always be conscious of the world around. take no day for granted. tomorrow is promised to no one. your friends are the most important asset you have. make sure that they KNOW it !!!
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Feb 05, 2008 2:56 AM GMT
    It is hard as hell to live a truthful life ...

    it is much harder not to.
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    Feb 05, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    awesome stuff here already

    ~ avoid negative, cynical people - tune in to the happy, fulfilled ones who are making a real difference, even if its only by being sincere and caring for the people right around them.

    learn how to give without expecting anything in return.
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    Feb 05, 2008 3:41 AM GMT
    Two things:

    1) Learn to listen. REALLY listen to people. Everyone has in him or her a fascinating story or two.

    2) Allow yourself to make mistakes. Fear keeps people down. Shyness is a form of that fear, but there are others. Conquering fear is all about giving yourself permission to fuck up.
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    Feb 05, 2008 3:46 AM GMT
    Don't sweat the small stuff - life is too shorticon_exclaim.gif
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    Feb 05, 2008 3:47 AM GMT
    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. -- Thoreau
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    Feb 05, 2008 4:04 AM GMT
    Some have already been mentioned, but worth repeating:

    1) Whatever it is you love most -- figure out a way to make your living from it.

    2) Have friends of good character.

    3) Pursue your dreams, no matter how grand.

    4) Know now that you'll make mistakes. Try to avoid them, but don't let them get you down.

    5) Don't ever let negative people hurt you. Don't let their cynicism and cruelty damage your spirit or your dreams. Ignore them -- then avoid them.

    6) Stay healthy. Lift weights and do cardio your whole life. Wear sunscreen. Eat oatmeal. Don't smoke, drink or use drugs.

    7) Always remember the conventional wisdom is often wrong. Question everything.

    icon_cool.gif Don't be afraid to question the existence of God. Even if the process is painful.

    9) Learn to think critically. Be skeptical (not cynical -- there's a huge difference).

    10) Visit the bookstore frequently and read a lot. Read the newspaper.

    11) Compliment others and look for ways to be kind. At the same time, always stick up for yourself and don't let people take advantage of you.

    12) Remember that evil exists, in part, because otherwise good people let it happen. Do your duty.

    One more thought: Albert Einstein once said "the most important decision you'll ever make is deciding if you live in a friendly universe, or an unfriendly universe."

    I recommend friendly. More importantly, I think he did too.

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    Feb 05, 2008 4:13 AM GMT
    Some good advice on this thread - especially the post from Little Dude right above me. Amazing - I would like to have had this post printed out and taped to my bathroom mirror back when I was in my teens or twenties!
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    Feb 05, 2008 4:27 AM GMT
    you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose. but don't try to pick your friends' noses.
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    Feb 05, 2008 4:31 AM GMT
    Thank you everyone. I appreciate all the advice. I hope some readers found this helpful as well.
  • medic

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    Feb 05, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    Do not wait until later to enjoy life, travel or "do those things in retirement". Live like retirement is now. Sometimes the tomorrow wished for, never comes. Live, love and laugh....
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    Feb 05, 2008 5:04 AM GMT
    Although everyone has already covered a lot of the good stuff.

    This one lesson should have been covered in high school and I assure you it was NOT.

    It is the most important financial lesson of all in ones life.

    The lesson is: SPEND LESS THAN YOU MAKE. (whatever you make)

    From making minimum wage (or less) to millions, one will always remain poor without the lesson learned to SPEND LESS THAN YOU MAKE.

    Master this lesson and you will never want for anything and everything you want will be within your grasp.

    The 1 percent of the population that holds 98 percent of the world's wealth know this lesson well although their descendants sometimes forget it from time to time and sometimes turn themselves back into poor people. ie. Mike Tyson
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    Feb 05, 2008 5:14 AM GMT
    This was said in another thread but I'll add my two cents worth:

    Wear sunscreen. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proven by scientists. That means that in 20 years when you are 40, I'll still look 25.icon_wink.gif
  • GQjock

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    Feb 05, 2008 11:19 AM GMT
    Do what you love

    and love what you do...
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    Feb 05, 2008 12:53 PM GMT
    .Rebel against society
    .Make mistakes and learn from them
    .Challenge your thinking, always
    .Don't let bitterness from bad experiences transform your view of the world
    .Question norms and the status quo
    .See your life in a broader historical perspective
    .Recognize your patterns and try to envision the results of them down the road
    .Rediscover who you were as a child
    .Never fear starting from scratch
    .Find creative outlets, hobbies or past times that give you a feeling of success
    .Don't base success on wealth and material gain
    .Help other people in ways both big and small
    .Be forgiving of yourself and others
    .Living every day as if it's your last sounds nice but it's a lie
    .Live your life like you have all the time in the world
    .Don't rush yourself, our society loves to rush us into decisions and look where it's led
    .Don't assume that what works for others will work for you
    .No matter how young or old, embrace your age because wisdom is timeless


  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 05, 2008 1:35 PM GMT
    Planned your life well. I make a lot of mistake especially financial during my younger days.I have thousands of dollar credit card debt and was constantly broke. I mean dont be Uncle Scrooge but plan
    your financial well. Have fun but be responsible.