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Old 09-13-2019, 03:00 PM   #1
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What would you say to an 18 year old you?

I would say , keep on going , work hard and life will come good for you.
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Old 09-13-2019, 03:14 PM   #2
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Dear 18 year old me,

you know you are not mature or responsible enough to handle a 4 year university right now. Go to junior college for a few years and get yourself together.

My dearest Grandparents offered me a full ride to college and with pressure from my parents I was convinced it's what I had to do. I wasted 2 years of their funds with failing grades and late nights before I left hanging my head. It wasn't until I spent a few years on a forklift that I decided that wasn't the life I wanted. I put myself through college the second time and graduated with a 3.85. I never missed a day or an assignment once the money and responsibility was on me. Everyone is different and has their own story to tell but I wasted a tremendous opportunity because I didn't have the courage to admit I wasn't ready.
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Old 09-13-2019, 04:35 PM   #3
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No college, move out of AZ to San Francisco and become a real estate agent or insurance salesman. Start buying houses, fix up a little if needed and rent out. I would give this advice to any 18 year old now as well.
I think i could have retired at 30 instead of 34 if I would have done it. With a lack of desire for the women there there’ wouldn’t be a lot of lonely nights.
Plus the weather is fantastic!
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Old 09-13-2019, 04:48 PM   #4
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Buy as much MSFT as you can on the IPO day.

As valuable as a lifetime's wisdom and experience are, most people need to gain those insights through personal experience. I could tell my 18 y/o self all sorts of things but my 18 y/o self would ignore most of it.
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Old 09-13-2019, 04:56 PM   #5
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Self I'd say, leave the cocaine alone!
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:09 PM   #6
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Follow Dad's advice.
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:12 PM   #7
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I would say , keep on going , work hard and life will come good for you.
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Old 09-13-2019, 06:49 PM   #8
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I can think of one moment during my 18th year when I wish I could go back and tell myself what to do. Sitting alone on the railroad tracks behind my apartment, facing a huge decision. (There were no trains in that town anymore, it was just a quiet spot to sit and think.) Looking back now, the "road not taken" was the right one. I paid dearly for that poor choice!

There were other times in my life when "two paths diverged." Of course, the ones I remember most are those where I (now) think I should have made a different choice.

On the other hand, who knows? Those decisions, or more often, failures to act, have made "all the difference" in getting me where I am now. I'm doing OK. It would be nice to be able to "travel both" paths. But I'm not sure I'd want to roll the dice, go back in time and tell my former self to try some of those alternate life choices.

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Old 09-13-2019, 06:53 PM   #9
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When I was 18, I wouldn’t have listened...like many/most 18 year olds? No harm in trying, but you’re probably doing it for yourself more than the 18 year old.

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As a parent of a teen, you try to help your son or daughter make good decisions. You provide guidance. You give your child facts. You explain the pros and cons. You talk to other parents. You think about how you felt when you were a teen, and the consequences you suffered when you made poor decisions. You think you have set your teenager up for success.

But then you find out that your teen has taken none of your advice and has done exactly what they wanted to all along! Moms and dads, while this is frustrating and upsetting, there is a reason teens behave this way. A significant part of your teenager’s brain, the prefrontal cortex, is undeveloped.

In fact, the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until age 25! This is why, even after you explain the dangers and consequences, your teen may still make poor choices. Her prefrontal cortex isn’t helping her, and so she all too often makes impulsive, “Woo-hoo, this sounds like fun,” decisions.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:31 PM   #10
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:32 PM   #11
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LEARN !!

i did all the wrong ( but unusual ) things

and it all worked out fairly well so far , mixing with criminals , drug users and gamblers gave me a great insight into the human mind ( at it's most seedy )

could i have done it better YES , but then i would have a huge bucket-list and no health to enjoy that list with .

i did pretty well for using all the wrong paths ( but at least they weren't crowded ones )



( PS , i have never played cards/mahjong/ for money , but have known plenty who have )
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:37 PM   #12
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Im with midpack. No way would I have listened.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:41 PM   #13
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Try to have a little more fun in college.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:49 PM   #14
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If I could go back in time and talk to my 18 year old self I would say, " the winning Powerball numbers for August 20th 1997(2 days after my 18th birthday) are 1,3,12,15,22 with a PB of 23". Then I would be FIRED at age 18.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:59 PM   #16
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Thank you for taking the Advanced Placement courses in high school that allowed you to go to our local university as a high school student. You saved me $2500 in future tuition.

Now go to Summer School every year as you can take the harder courses then that don't interest you. Take a maximum of 12-13 semester hours during the Fall and Spring semesters. You won't be placing so much stress on yourself taking a "light load" which gives you more time to work a part time job. And don't feel guilty for taking Journalism 101 & 102 and that graduate course in Driver's Education. Taking Golf for a P.E. may payoff better than you realize as playing golf is where may big business deals are made.

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Old 09-14-2019, 03:49 AM   #17
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Don't listen to your guidance counselor and teachers who are preaching nonstop that you must get a college degree or you will never amount to anything.
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Old 09-14-2019, 05:57 AM   #18
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Don't listen to your guidance counselor and teachers who are preaching nonstop that you must get a college degree or you will never amount to anything.
Now THERE's some advice my 18-year-old self would have taken!
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:45 PM   #20
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What I would tell myself: "Stop worrying so much. Your life will turn out OK. You will have a wife and kids who love you. You will be a multimillionaire".

And I would say back: "Stop BS'ing me. Leave me alone".
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