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Day 26 - A List For My Younger Self

Level 10

Instead of boring you all with a lengthy essay, I compiled a list of ten items that I would tell my younger self, the final three of which are powerful quotes from two of my favorite thinkers of all time.

Without further ado, here are the ten things I would tell my younger self:

1) Find something you’re good at that you can’t live without, and do it at all cost. This is what you’re meant to give to this world and what will most satisfy you.

2) Your parents, teachers, and society, really, in fact, and without a doubt, don’t know everything, and neither will you. So, have fun, do point #1, and don’t take life too seriously.

3) Most importantly, be a good person, be happy, and always be grateful for good health. That we know of, we only get one life to live, so make the most of it and cherish every moment.

4) Be reasonably confident, above all, to protect yourself from stupidly confident people. (Note: This is a partial interpretation of Charles Bukowski’s quote, “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”)

5) Your “heart” feels what your brain cannot “know;” in other words, do not ever disregard your gut instinct about someone or something.

6) Going to a top-tier university, or having a well-paid “dream job,” are both overrated and loads of unnecessary, boring hard work if you’re not doing something that you’re passionate about.

7) Do not regret listening to and empathizing with people that do not know how to do the same back. This is anyone’s greatest strength, because you learn from listening to others. Vice versa, being willfully ignorant is anyone’s greatest weakness.

😎 Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. -Albert Einstein

9) He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. -Friedrich Nietzsche

10) Without music, life would be a mistake. -Friedrich Nietzsche

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OMG - This all the time!

Be reasonably confident, above all, to protect yourself from stupidly confident people. (Note: This is a partial interpretation of Charles Bukowski’s quote, “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”)

Then they see your doubt as weakness instead of your experiencing informing you that things never goes exactly as planned. At the same time I have been stupidly confident about something but thank Galileo for #7 in your list jamesd85 I listened enough to learn I was wrong.

MVP
MVP

Very good points and I could comment on several of them. The things about confidence hit home though. It's easy to get doubtful about yourself and seeing others that are seemingly so full of it (confidence I mean, but the double meaning is intended) can add to your own doubts. There is a difference between confidence and foolishness and knowing where that line is comes with wisdom.

Going to a top-tier university, or having a well-paid “dream job,” are both overrated and loads of unnecessary, boring hard work if you’re not doing something that you’re passionate about.

PREACH IT BROTHER

Level 10

Excellent post.   Right with you there about music.   'Without Music, life would B flat '

Level 9

You’ll never be happy until you find your passion. My father thought he wanted to go into business management. He obtained his degree and was given a great opportunity. In the end he was stressed, miserable, and unhappy. He left an opportunity to become JCPenney’s youngest store manager to pave roads where he grew up. He was never happier. Doesn’t matter what you end up doing. It just needs to be something that makes you happy. Each career decision I’ve made has reflected on this and each has been promising. No job is perfect, but there is one right for you.

Level 15

7) Do not regret listening to and empathizing with people that do not know how to do the same back. This is anyone’s greatest strength, because you learn from listening to others. Vice versa, being willfully ignorant is anyone’s greatest weakness.

Not sure if I heard this or coined it (I collect so many quotes it's hard to keep track), but this is akin to one I've used a LOT over the years:

We are living in a time where the full breadth of human knowledge and experience is available at our fingertips. In the "Age of Information", ignorance is a choice.
Level 14

Every single one of these points are fantastic. Well done on this article! Number 7 has always been a pet peeve of mine. I will never understand how people choose to be ignorant even after being directly educated on the subject. It drives me insane!

Level 12

"6) Going to a top-tier university, or having a well-paid “dream job,” are both overrated and loads of unnecessary, boring hard work if you’re not doing something that you’re passionate about."

Didn't graduate from University and if I did and followed that path, I'd be stuck in a career that I would despise.

Level 9

+1 for #6.  I'm still paying off student loans for a degree I have never used.  I wish I had spent that time getting real world experience and tech certifications. 

Level 11

#3 I would spin a slightly different way, in that whilst they dont know everything, and neither will you, you should still listen to their advice and guidance.  Age does bring wisdom in most cases, value their opinions and news, but use it to formulate your own.

I say this because of the age old adage of "School days are the best days of your life".  No-one realises how true this is, until you're much older looking back upon those days thinking what if?!?

#10 words to live by, the rest gets a big Amen!!!

11.     Don't talk about fight club. 

Wouldn’t that be the first rule

Level 10

#8 - Splendid: Words on Marble.

Level 10

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Wasn't it Nietzsche that also said, "God is dead!" Into which God replied, "Nietzsche is dead!" Lesson, pick your battles wisely.

As for #3. My life goal is for everyone who has met me, no matter how brief or trivial, to say about me, "Yea. He was a nice fella."

Tonight I watched the Wayne Shorter receive a 2018 Kennedy Center Honor. 

I did not know how wide a career he had...I just knew him from Weather Report. 

I am not a reader of Nietzsche but I do like music. 

RT

Level 10

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?

— Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Section 125, tr. Walter Kaufmann[1]

MVP
MVP

Sadly there are too many people in this world that make this is an impossible goal, but don't ever stop trying!

MVP
MVP

From several articles I have read recently, so called 'millennials' are having the most trouble with 9) He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. -Friedrich Nietzsche

With the privileges of this generation being so much more available than ever before, the expectation of short cuts to 'flying' can bring them crashing down to earth.

So much of this list resonates, great post!

MVP
MVP

6) Going to a top-tier university, or having a well-paid “dream job,” are both overrated and loads of unnecessary, boring hard work if you’re not doing something that you’re passionate about.

Agreed! I wasted a good couple of years on something I had limited interest in.

Level 13

All good points. 

But didn't Douglas Adams teach us that the trick to flying is to fall towards the ground and MISS! Easier said than done, the ground is HUGE!

Level 13

Number 1 is the hardest...how many people can truly say they love what they do...

Level 20

Doing what you like and liking what you do can't ever steer you wrong.

Ten EXCELLENT choices!  Thank you for sharing them.

Level 10

I love being a professional DJ and Music Producer here in Europe as well as being able to work in IT for a company like SolarWinds. Had I chosen to become a lawyer, as I had previously planned in my late teens early 20s, I don't think I'd be loving what I did very much at all. You are right, it is a fine line!

Level 14

Also.  Don't eat the yellow snow.