What would you tell your 20 year old self today?

If you had the ability to have a conversation with your 20 year old self today, what would you say? What advice would you give him?

I’m sure it’s a little different for everyone. I’m not even sure if my 20 year old self would have listened to me anyway…

But here’s a little of what I would tell him:

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff: This statement speaks for itself. Sometimes you can get caught up and worry about the things that really don’t matter. When we are younger, we tend to put too much emphasis on things that won’t matter in 10 years.
  • Don’t worry about what people think about ‘you’. It’s none of your business. Here is another mistake many people make at a younger age. Everyone wants to fit in and we tend to say and do things that don’t reveal are true selves. It’s not who you really are in the inside. Be yourself!
  • Get as much education, early on, as you can: Even if it’s self-education: Never stop learning. Education will open up doors for you that would stay closed otherwise. Like my Dad told me when I was a kid, “An education is something someone can’t take away from you.” Knowledge is king.
  • Save money. I know it’s hard to save when you’re just getting started but it’s something you just have to do. Even a small amount will add up later. You’ve heard the expression, “Save for a rainy day.Well I’m here to tell you, it’s going to rain!! 
  • Take care of your body: The way you take care of your body today will show itself later on down the road. Smoking and drinking too much now, can lead you to health complications later in life. In fact, don’t smoke at all.
  • Do everything in moderation. This goes for working, partying, and everything in between. It’s just a good habit to get into. It makes for a better and balanced life. YOU can do too much of anything.
  • Keep your options open: Keep an open mind. Opportunities show themselves in many different ways. You have to expose yourself to others and their way of thinking. You don’t have to agree with it, you just have to listen. You may be surprised of what opportunities arise from this strategy.   
  • Move to a big city for a little while: Especially if you come from a small town. I’m not saying that one is better than the other, but living in a different environment will definitely open your eyes up to new opportunities and how much bigger your life can be.
  • Show gratitude in everything you do: Gratitude is something that comes from the heart. It makes you feel better and an easy way to do it is, by giving back to the community you live in. Give or volunteer at a church, a soup kitchen, or boys club. It doesn’t have to be grandiose, you just have to do something. Your reward will come in the way you feel.
  • Keep God in your life: This can be a touchy subject for many but for me, it has what sustained me my entire life. You may find yourself alone one day. It may only be temporary, but the day will come that you will need something to lean on. God has been my pillar.

I would also tell my 20 year old self to try to live life to the fullest. A little cliché I know, but it’s so true. Focus on today and make the most of your talents. Everyone has something unique about them to offer the world, you just have to be willing to find out what that talent is and put it to work.

Bob Theriot is the author of the book ‘Pounding The Pavement’ – Tools, Techniques and Inspiration for Succeeding in Sales. He is also a Gitomer Certified Advisor, which authorizes him to sell and deliver Jeffrey Gitomer’s body of work both online and in the classroom. Bob was trained personally by Jeffrey Gitomer. To hire Bob to conduct a workshop or training session for you or your staff or for more information, tips and advice from Bob email: Bob@BobTheriot.com. You can also visit his website at http://www.BobTheriot.com

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