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Things you should have done in the past

post #1 of 19
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Have you guys ever regretted doing something back when you were a teenager that would help improve your career or life now?

I have been thinking about my past and I kind of regretted not networking myself better and I should have gotten in to stocks earlier.

What are yours?
post #2 of 19
I should have done at least one internship when I was in college. Ideally two. One at a publishing house and one at a literary agency. It just kinda slipped my mind, and now I'm behind the eight ball somewhat. Luckily I have good work experience, so that should hopefully make up for it.
post #3 of 19
I should never have started cooking meth and probably that Russian prostitute ring, now that I look back on things, was better left alone.
post #4 of 19
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I should never have started cooking meth and probably that Russian prostitute ring, now that I look back on things, was better left alone.
No, what you should have done was started cooking meth, then written a TV show about it, moved to Hollywood, sold it, and made millions and garnered lots of awards.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I should never have started cooking meth and probably that Russian prostitute ring, now that I look back on things, was better left alone.
No, what you should have done was started cooking meth, then written a TV show about it, moved to Hollywood, sold it, and made millions and garnered lots of awards.

I had thought of that but was too busy with the Russian thing...
post #6 of 19
There was a thread awhile back about advice you would give to your younger self. I can't seem to find it but if you can dig it up I recall there was some good insight in there.

Career: I would have job shadowed anyone who would have let me. I definitely was very naive about what working life would be like.

Personal: Would have never started drinking. I've never had an alcohol problem but when I lay down the pros vs cons of drinking, it's starkly obvious I would have been better off abstaining. I still haven't given it up though.

And I should have finished the last grade of Royal Conservatory Piano. My sister who finished the whole program makes a nice side living teaching piano.
post #7 of 19
Should have prostituted my self for some quick dirty money.
post #8 of 19
wish I'd started saving earlier... seems kindof standard but still, wish I had.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Radagast View Post

There was a thread awhile back about advice you would give to your younger self. I can't seem to find it but if you can dig it up I recall there was some good insight in there.
Career: I would have job shadowed anyone who would have let me. I definitely was very naive about what working life would be like.
Personal: Would have never started drinking. I've never had an alcohol problem but when I lay down the pros vs cons of drinking, it's starkly obvious I would have been better off abstaining. I still haven't given it up though.
And I should have finished the last grade of Royal Conservatory Piano. My sister who finished the whole program makes a nice side living teaching piano.

You mean this one? http://www.styleforum.net/t/199684/if-i-knew-when-i-was-20-what-i-know-now
post #10 of 19
^ Yes, that's the one.
post #11 of 19

2 things. 

1. Study a lot harder. I'm a pretty smart guy(or so I've been told) but never had the discipline to study properly. So while everyone else was doing their homework and studying for exams, I was off dreaming up devices for landing on the moon and other very fascinating, but utterly irrelevant things. 

 

2. ALWAYS have at least 2 months worth of money saved somewhere. Having experienced a meltdown of my personal finances to critical levels(we're talking 10 USD and a bag of rice being all my worldly assets), that's something I never EVER want to experience again. Alas, the money is soooo easily spent. especially if you seem to have a lot of it...

post #12 of 19
Smoked less weed and banged more co-eds.
post #13 of 19

Calling out my ex on Twitter. We could have been best friends and probably have worked it out but I had to make that stupid remark on Twitter. Lost my best friend to it.

post #14 of 19

When I was a teenager and started my first part time job my dad sat me down and told me about the "wonders of compound interest" and if I start saving now I could be rich in my 40's.  Needless to say I had more immediate uses for the cash on the weekends and oh well... 

 

So two weeks ago I sat down with my oldest son (16 y.o.) and explained to him the "wonders of compound interest" and I saw the same disinterested look on his face my Dad saw  back then.  Oh well, at least he can't say I didn't warn him... :)
 

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by MaxFlex View Post

When I was a teenager and started my first part time job my dad sat me down and told me about the "wonders of compound interest" and if I start saving now I could be rich in my 40's.  Needless to say I had more immediate uses for the cash on the weekends and oh well... 

So two weeks ago I sat down with my oldest son (16 y.o.) and explained to him the "wonders of compound interest" and I saw the same disinterested look on his face my Dad saw  back then.  Oh well, at least he can't say I didn't warn him... smile.gif

 

There's a reason everyone regrets not saving more when they were young and yet no one can get their kids to do it. I just think it's way too hard for a kid, who breaks his back mowing lawns or flipping burgers, to take what little cash he/she makes and not want to go out and spend it.

I found it way easier to save when I started working a white collar job. Back when I was doing manual labor and a 10 hour shift ended, you're so euphoric all you want to do is go out and blow all your cash to forget your exhausting and crappy work day.
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