Things you should have done in the past

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  1. lamergod

    lamergod Senior member

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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?
     


  2. Reynard369

    Reynard369 Senior member

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    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.
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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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.
     


  4. Reynard369

    Reynard369 Senior member

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    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.
     


  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I had thought of that but was too busy with the Russian thing...
     


  6. Radagast

    Radagast Senior member

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    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.
     
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  7. bmathe02

    bmathe02 Well-Known Member

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    Should have prostituted my self for some quick dirty money.
     


  8. Master-Classter

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    wish I'd started saving earlier... seems kindof standard but still, wish I had.
     


  9. lamergod

    lamergod Senior member

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    You mean this one? http://www.styleforum.net/t/199684/if-i-knew-when-i-was-20-what-i-know-now
     


  10. Radagast

    Radagast Senior member

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    ^ Yes, that's the one.
     


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    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...
     


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    Smoked less weed and banged more co-eds.
     


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    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.
     


  14. MaxFlex

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    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... :)
     


  15. Lord-Barrington

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    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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