If I knew when I was 20 what I know now....

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  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Be physically attractive, flamboyant, able to drink, and have a stock list of references that impresses a certain segment of people who are interesting/influential personalities.
     


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    Change the age to 16 and I'd tell myself "stay the fuck in school you moron", and I'd probably kick my younger self's ass if he didn't listen.
     


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    CasinoRoyale Senior member

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    If saying short bear stearns or buy apple is cheating isn't saying anything that puts you in a better situation financially, emotionally or physically or whatever cheating? Where do we draw the line?
     


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    Eason Bicurious Racist

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    Change your major to something related to Education.
     


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    Change your major to something related to Education.

    Nah, I'm doing it the hard way and finishing my schooling, it's a waste of 2 years but I don't think I could handle uni without it.
     


  6. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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    How do you know? You are like 32.

    30, fucker. Not that there's a world of difference or anything, but I am clinging desperately to the end of my late 20s and have not fully accepted the start of my 30s.
     


  7. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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    If saying short bear stearns or buy apple is cheating isn't saying anything that puts you in a better situation financially, emotionally or physically or whatever cheating? Where do we draw the line?

    Kind of agree with you. People who impose rules like "Ok, you can go back in time and talk to your younger self, but you can't cheat!" are like people who complain that a transporter works a certain way in freaking Star Trek. When you're that far gone from reality, does it really even matter?

    If I had the ability to go back in time and tell my 20-year-old self something, damned right I'd be giving myself sports outcomes, lottery numbers, stock tips, etc. Biff's strategy from Back to the Future 2 was pretty much the ideal template for time travel.
     


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    If saying short bear stearns or buy apple is cheating isn't saying anything that puts you in a better situation financially, emotionally or physically or whatever cheating? Where do we draw the line?

    I think the point of the exclusions was that the OP is looking for advice that's useful for him, or at the very least useful without regard to what year you were 20. Saying "I'd have bought xxxxx stock" does him no good because that's probably not a good play anymore, but saying "I should have put more money into savings" is advice he can follow whether it's 1980 or 2015.
     


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    One piece of advice I'd give my 20-year-old self: bust your ass now, so that the rest of your life only gets easier from here. Having no life and doing nothing but work from 20 to 30 is totally worth having an awesome life from 30 to 100.

    study your ass off in school

    -Jeff


    Go to a big name school

    1) Study hard. I mean really hard.



    What? [​IMG]

    How about party hard, pick a humanities major at the local community college like Art History, and take time finishing it?

    Travel the world and be a Renaissance man?


    Isn't youth to be enjoyed instead of slaving away like the rest of the drones?
     


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    Isn't youth to be enjoyed instead of slaving away like the rest of the drones?

    It's a matter of perspective. You can have both if you do it right.
     


  12. Flambeur

    Flambeur Senior member

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    If saying short bear stearns or buy apple is cheating isn't saying anything that puts you in a better situation financially, emotionally or physically or whatever cheating? Where do we draw the line?

    Kind of agree with you. People who impose rules like "Ok, you can go back in time and talk to your younger self, but you can't cheat!" are like people who complain that a transporter works a certain way in freaking Star Trek. When you're that far gone from reality, does it really even matter?

    If I had the ability to go back in time and tell my 20-year-old self something, damned right I'd be giving myself sports outcomes, lottery numbers, stock tips, etc. Biff's strategy from Back to the Future 2 was pretty much the ideal template for time travel.


    I think the point of the exclusions was that the OP is looking for advice that's useful for him, or at the very least useful without regard to what year you were 20. Saying "I'd have bought xxxxx stock" does him no good because that's probably not a good play anymore, but saying "I should have put more money into savings" is advice he can follow whether it's 1980 or 2015.

    Jesus, are you guys serious?

    I just wanted to talk about general fucking knowledge and principles without turning it into a back to the future thread. Simple things that you know now that could have made a difference when you were younger. Discussing time travel stock tips wasn't the point obviously.
     


  13. Flambeur

    Flambeur Senior member

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    What? [​IMG]

    How about party hard, pick a humanities major at the local community college like Art History, and take time finishing it?

    Travel the world and be a Renaissance man?


    Isn't youth to be enjoyed instead of slaving away like the rest of the drones?


    It definitely is interesting that more than one person mentioned working harder academically. I actually mostly agree, but if anyone wants to explain why they feel that way, go ahead.
     


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    save some fucking money
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    Go to a big name school

    Save as much money as you can


    Does not compute. I'm assuming by big name school you mean T1 or T2 (be it undergrad, med, etc. etc.?). If so, unless you come from an extremely well-off family, there's no way in hell you'll be saving anything.
     


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