They say free advice is worth what you paid for it. I believe that may over value it.
Nevertheless, understanding the power of “free,” I offer some of my own. I mostly aim this advice at those younger than me (is there any other type of advice?), but may be useful (heeding the “worth” warnings above) to all.
When young, ten thousand dollars and ten years may seem like an awful lot. Be aware that you can spend both with frightening ease. You may be able to earn back the money but you can never earn back the time.
Time is like a funhouse mirror. What seems close and looms large often is not. What seems small and distant is closer than it seems. The missed deadline will probably not end the world (or even get you fired), middle age, retirement, and, yes, your own death are rushing towards you faster than you could ever imagine. The answer to your childhood plea: “are we there yet?” is Yes!
When young you should read books about “great” persons; it may encourage you to become one. When older you should avoid books about “great” persons; it will only depress you that you never became one.
Do not get hung up on your stuff. The majority of your memories will involve people and events. You will not regret the big screen TV you never bought; you will likely regret the time not spent with family or friends.
It is less that you should not care what others think; it is more that what they think is probably not what you worry about.
Love your parents; if you don’t you will only become upset when you realize how much like them you have become.
Remember the phrase “One day we will look back at this an laugh,” In most cases it is true.
Courage is not something you have, it is something you do. Self-esteem does not come from being great, and it certainly does not come from being told that you are great. Self-esteem comes from small victories over all of life’s small challenges.
The religious say “we all have our cross to bear.” That may be true, but we also all have our gift to give. Finding that gift is where genius begins. Not all will find that gift (I still have not) but if you do, then sharing it will likely bring you the greatest joy of all. Indeed, like Jesus Christ, the cross and the gift may be the same.
[in case you are wondering, I am not particularly religious, I just like the analogy]
The past has its lessons, the future has it possibilities, but the now is the real gift (and that is why we call it the present).
Advice does not come marked “good” or “bad,” making that choice is one of life’s most useful skills. Indeed, I can offer no advice on what to do with the above. I do hope you enjoyed it though.