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What I wish I had known when I was 22

I saw a challenge in Slideshare to share ones advice to graduates. Here’s

what I wish I had known when I was 22

When I was 22, I was just returning from living outside my home and my country for a year. I had not finished University, since I skipped it. I didn’t know what I wanted in life. But I had the passion. Here’s what I wish I had known

1. I am usually right
I wish I’d known that it was a right thing to choose an experience of a foreign country instead of going to study something that I didn’t care about. People around me said I was wrong. Life proved I was right. If you trust yourself, you most likely are right when it comes to decisions about your life.

2. Experiences beat theory
I have always chosen experiences over theory. I experience and then learn how I can use the theory to master my experience. Experiences are an advantages in job search, starting your business and building confidence. Except in medicine and some other similar areas, but still. Experience beats theory.

3. Learn as much as you can
I did not learn Russian properly, didn’t care about chemistry, math, sometimes I did not listen to fantastic people around me. That will come and bite you. The more you know, the more oportunities you have. The more unique you will be. Learn about everything, at least KNOW where to learn from. You can never know too much.

4. Put yourself to the test
It is good to have a safety-net, but at the end of the day you will never know how far you can go if you don’t try.

5. Don’t stress about not knowing what you want
It will come and go. Instead, use to the max what you have right now and pray that one day you will understand why.

6. Be physically active
If you start working, also start physical activity and use time for fun. Never let yourself fall into “only work” lifestyle. You’ll get sick. Active and balanced lifestyle will save you.

7. Forget the past
We all go through tough things in our childhood up to our teens and Uni. Forget them. Forgive them. Worrying does you no good. I know it is easy to say, but this is the only way to fly higher and reach your potential. Forget the past hurts and limitations that you have, instead focus on the decision to choose yourself.

8. Be great at failing
If you have never failed, you never have tried. If you never fail, you might constantly be afraid of failing. Neither one is a good thing. Some of my greatest achievements (that make me happy) come from failures. Not failing is the biggest misconception of our time. I wish I’d known to let go and fail more, because the more you fail …

 … the more you live and laugh and enjoy life and its’ surprises.

These are my suggestions. Do you agree?

Liisi Toom
walking lifestyle promoter, bloggerlifestyle coach

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