On the eve of my 33rd Birthday I have taken some time to reflect on the things I wish I could tell my 16 year old self, if I could:
Enjoy school, especially the holidays
Before you know it, life has passed you by and you will find yourself daydreaming about “the good old days”. Enjoy the “pressure” of team sports and exams. Enjoy every minute of the holidays.
You know those fairy-tale stories women tell each other about pregnancy? Chances are that only 10% of the population actually experience them during their pregnancy. The rest of us experience pain, anxiety, lack of confidence and many sleepless nights!
Childbirth is painful and ugly
It’s not pretty at all. It hurts badly. It can kill you. Ultimately, it’s worth it.
Managing finances is horrific
That’s horrific with a capital H. I really wish you could learn about elements of Financial Planning like starting a Retirement Fund from the age of 18.
Buying a house is not that important
Some may disagree with me but I honestly feel that the time of “buy one house and die in it” will be over by the time you turn 22. Buying a house is really not that important; planning to buy two or three for investment purposes is.
Readers become Leaders
It’s a fact! Read more!
Respect Mom and Dad more, they have feelings too.
Being a Teenager can suck. What sucks even more is not being able to fully understand the pressures and emotions Parents go through. Give them a break, their stresses are bigger than yours.
Take an extra History Class.
It may seem boring to a 16 year old to learn about the history of our world, but trust me, the knowledge will stand you in good stead as you get older.
It’s ok to not win every fight.
I know that it’s important to you (now) to always be right….as you get older, you will realize that it’s not that important at all. The art of communicating effectively, is.
Money can be made as quickly as you can spend it.
Start your Entrepreneurship Journey sooner, trust me.
During your Entrepreneurship Journey, people will take advantage of you.
Don’t trust all that say “I’d like to do Business with you”. Money will be lost, relationships will be tested. Some “Industry Leaders” will turn out to be fakes. Having said that, success comes to those that work hard for it, keep persevering.
Learn to network, effectively.
Don’t be afraid to start a conversation first. Listen, genuinely. Pay attention to all in the room. Learn to spot the opportunists from the authentic ones. Always follow up.
People will always feel overly entitled to their opinions, it’s best to just keep your mouth shut sometimes.
Especially on Social Media (something that will become a leading communications tool). Learn to keep your opinions, at times, for those that you trust implicitly.
Bullies exist, sort them out yourself, quickly.
You will be shocked to know that bullying comes in many different forms. Stand up to those that treat you incorrectly. Make your voice heard and more importantly, educate those around you about the types of Bullies that exist.
When your engine light turns on, sort it out!
When you ignore an engine light for too long, it becomes a much bigger bill to pay at the end of the day.
Parenting is hardcore.
It’s guilt. It’s pain. It’s constant worry. It’s no sleep. It’s irrational thoughts. It’s fierce protectiveness. It’s pure love. It’s conflict. It’s every emotion known to mankind amplified and more. It’s also 100% something I would suggest you do!