If you are over 40, what 3 pieces of advice would you have for your 20 year old

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  1. grinnin1 profile image69
    grinnin1posted 12 years ago

    If you are over 40, what 3 pieces of advice would you have for your 20 year old self?

  2. Kebennett1 profile image60
    Kebennett1posted 12 years ago

    Live a healthy lifestyle, Begin a savings/retirement plan and get life insurance!

  3. MichaelWriter profile image60
    MichaelWriterposted 12 years ago

    I'm not quite 40, but here's my advice so far to my 20 year old self: 1) find what you love and do that for a living/career; 2) don't stay in one job for more than 5 years because it's better to have a diverse set of experiences; and 3) concentrate your energy on those things and people that matter directly to you.

  4. onegoodwoman profile image69
    onegoodwomanposted 12 years ago

    Looking  back at me, when I was 20!

    I barely remember her, yet, I was there.......I sought to overcome.

    Dirty diapers, heating water on the stove top, wondering,...........should I buy gas to get my hubby to work, or diaper rash cream for my baby.

    Yes, in pain, I remember myself at 20.

    It seems so long ago..................I  was a wife, a mother.........

    Learn , earn, grow..................

    speak up for yourself...................and most importanly, learn the things that are worth speaking up for, and weigh them against, the things that you need to let go of.........

    The cost of diapers vs milk...................these things matter

    burned hamburgers...........not so much.

    Today, I would say to such a young mother or person..............

    today will end..........tomorrow is the choice that you make for yourself.........Invest in it.

  5. leroy64 profile image64
    leroy64posted 12 years ago

    Ask her out, you know who I am talking about.

    Take a few more art classes.

    You don't have to follow advice, especially unsolicited.  Even if they mean well, the people offering it do not have to live with the consequences.  Even advice from your parents can go horribly wrong. .

  6. wandererh profile image69
    wandererhposted 12 years ago

    I am who I am because of the choices I made and the path I took and while I didn't plan to get where I am right now, I am actually happy that I am where I am.

    I don't regret for a moment any of the choices that I made but if I were to give 3 pieces of advice to my 20 year old self, in fact, to any 20 year old, I would say:

    - Get out of your comfort zone.  Do things that make you uncomfortable.  You will make mistakes, but try your best not to make the same mistake twice.

    - You are at your physical peak right now and it's downhill all the way from here.  Some things in life can be postponed until later but if you have something physically demanding on your list of things to do, sooner might be better than later.

    - Start learning about how to make money and how to grow your money now.  The way to being financially secure is not through a job but through knowledge and prudent investments, and learning how money works.

  7. PAPA-BEAR profile image61
    PAPA-BEARposted 12 years ago

    Listen carefully to all opinions before you make choices.

    Believe in yourself and who you want to be

    Never avoid a problem try and solve it

  8. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 12 years ago

    I would tell myself (as if I would listen) to stop goofing off and get that education.  I lived in an area where it was affordable but spent too much time playing and not taking the opportunities seriously

  9. Hawkesdream profile image67
    Hawkesdreamposted 12 years ago

    Ist I would say, follow your heart in all things. Love, work whatever.
    2nd Be happy in whatever you choose to do, if you are not happy it becomes work.
    3rd, set aside a percentage of all money that comes your way and forget about it. There is nothing so important that you cannot put away 10% of all income.  Your lifestyle will adjust to the money in your pocket.

    Here is a story that will illustrate the point.
    A gentleman dies leaving a princely sum of 21/2 million in his bank account. His neighbours and friends could not understand it, they reflected on how generous and helpful this man had been.
    Whilst sorting out his paperwork they found a book detailing all his income and expenditure. They were amazed to find that if he had found a pound, he had deposited 10% in his savings.
    Its the small amounts that add up, the large amounts take care of themselves.

    So, look ahead 20 - 30 years and try to predict what savings you would accumulate in that time. Don't forget the interest. How much do you have? Ahouse? new car? the possibilities are endless.

    After all, when you are 40 - 50 years old, you are not old. You are just the right age to sit back and enjoy life as you are currently doing.

  10. cobrien profile image59
    cobrienposted 12 years ago

    Slow down, go back to school and don't marry him!

  11. haikutwinkle profile image60
    haikutwinkleposted 12 years ago

    1) Overcome your shyness
    2) Have courage
    3) Just Do It!

  12. Mala Srivastava profile image60
    Mala Srivastavaposted 12 years ago

    I would tell myself to be patient, work hard to achieve my goals, and never to give up on hope. There is no substitution for hard work in life. We need to keep trying harder to make things work. Determination and perseverance are the two things that one needs to achieve success.

  13. feenix profile image56
    feenixposted 12 years ago

    The three pieces of advice that I would give to my 20-year-old self would be the following:

    (1) Always live within your means.

    (2) Do not ever take shortcuts.

    (3) Floss.

  14. athena2011 profile image59
    athena2011posted 12 years ago

    1. Develop an attitude of gratitude

    2. Accept each day as a gift and make the best of it

    3. Focus on positive things and people and stay away from the negatives.

  15. miss_jkim profile image76
    miss_jkimposted 12 years ago

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  16. profile image0
    MP50posted 12 years ago

    1: Never pee into the wind.

    2: Always buy comfortable shoes.

    3: Make sure you have a cosy bathroom to read the newspaper in.

  17. seekingpeace91 profile image59
    seekingpeace91posted 12 years ago

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  18. xethonxq profile image67
    xethonxqposted 12 years ago

    1) slow down
    2) think before you make that stupid decision..."just because you can now"
    3) start saving your money

  19. CARIBQUEEN profile image63
    CARIBQUEENposted 12 years ago

    Never judge others
    Enjoy every moment as time is fleeting
    Do not waste time worrying over petty stuff.

  20. profile image0
    Sri Tposted 12 years ago

    1. Love yourself at all times regardless of all opinions. 2. Do not accept any limitations. 3. Create your own positive world and ignore propaganda media conditioning.

  21. Dale Hyde profile image81
    Dale Hydeposted 12 years ago

    Listen more carefully to the elders. Don't do drugs and alcohol and spend more time reading!

  22. larcaustin46 profile image68
    larcaustin46posted 11 years ago

    Advice to my younger self regarding gaydar, Dell Computer stock, and following my heart... read more


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