I have often asked myself if I had the opportunity go back in time to talk to my younger self, what would I say?
Now with hindsight, what advice could I give the teenager who was so full of energy and whose world revolved around friends and football?
1: Stop wasting your time trying to fit in
All the boys that seem to have it all are nowhere to be seen today. While they spent all their time and energy maintaining a cool image they failed to prepare for later life. In the meantime, others were adjusting from being boys to becoming men.
Spend more time in developing yourself and learning new things
2: Plan more for the future. Your mind state is that you’re immortal which is great. Then put more planning into how you will enjoy your long life. Become more financially savvy and at all cost avoid debt. The rule is “do not eat or buy what you cannot afford today”. Stay away from credit cards until you have mastered their use.
3: Read a lot. Comic books are fun but add no value to your life. Get into the habit of reading self-development books ,make it a goal to read at least one book a month. Here is a list of books I wished I read in my younger years –
- Outliers: The Story of Success, By Malcolm Gladwell
- Think Grow Rich, By Napolean Hill
- Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson
- The Richest Man in Babylon, By George Samuel Clason
To be continued…..