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Old 05-14-2016, 09:14 AM   #61
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Not sure there is a way to avoid this problem totally, but I would be very careful about what properties are near yours when you buy. That vacant lot zoned residential doesn't necessarily have to stay residential! That beautiful farm next to you will probably be subdivided into what? That cute greenhouse that's been there for decades will be torn down and turned into what??
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Old 05-14-2016, 10:36 AM   #62
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I'd tell my younger self to worry less and stop chasing tech stocks (2001 anybody?) LOL.
I'd also tell her that even though her romantic partner professed a great interest in learning about building wealth, to consider that past may be protocol. Leopards can't change their spots - but somehow you just never expect them to head to a casino soon after exercising their stock options.

I'd tell my really much younger self to study Psychology rather than Business lol
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:50 AM   #63
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I would tell myself to listen to dad when he BEGGED me to stop the work/martyr syndrome. There will be NO rewards for the missed family events, the holidays, the weekends,the weddings....... He was so correct. Complete waste of so many man-years at work for nada.....
Making up for it now however......
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:33 AM   #64
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(1) Move to a place you really want to live, rather than deciding where to live because of work; (2) pick a job that you will enjoy doing, rather than chasing pay and prestige; (3) ask out any girl you like -- she will probably say "yes" and it doesn't matter if she says no; (4) pay attention to your stress level; don't let it get too high -- it really is corrosive; (5) even when in a good job and things seem to be going well, always have one eye out for other opportunities; (6) spend time with your parents whenever you can -- you will miss that time when they have passed away; (7) stick rigorously to index investing; (8) think hard about whether you want to have kids, and when (there's no right answer, but don't just "let it happen"); (9) insist on work-life balance; don't let your company rob you of family time; (10) exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet; (11) spend time with friends.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:39 AM   #65
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Probably stick to index investing.
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My (nearing) 70 year old self would tell my 20 year old self. "You know you are going to get old. You just have no idea how fast it all happens. Whatever you think you might like to do in this short life, DO IT NOW! You may never get the chance if you wait." YMMV
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my (nearing) 70 year old self would tell my 20 year old self. "you know you are going to get old. You just have no idea how fast it all happens. Whatever you think you might like to do in this short life, do it now! You may never get the chance if you wait." ymmv

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I just wish I knew now what I thought I knew then.
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Old 05-24-2016, 04:09 PM   #69
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This forum is a wealth of knowledge and is one of my favorite places to hang out. Having said that, for all you retiree's, what is a couple of things that you would go back and say to your younger self if given the chance?
Not known for brevity or a couple of things... My recollection of 27 years of retirement, here.

Sharing 23 years of Frugal Retirement

Maybe one or two words of advice, but mostly just history.
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