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You're 18 again: What do you do differently?

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  1. gentzalli

    gentzalli Junior Member

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    so Im turning 18 in a few days, and I just wanted to see some of the experiences some of you went through and how they've affected you today. What would you differently (if anything at all)? What advice would you have for an 18 year old today?
     
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    Stay in school! Get a good education for the future, a education you can always fall back on cuz believe me, you couldt deal with the life I had.
     
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    i would have planned to start my business earlier....
     
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    Nothing because the things I currently have (loving family, kid, somewhat financial stability) trump anything I could have achieved if I took a different route.
     
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    Hard to say, unless you have a few hours.

    I was in the military when I was 17, been introduced to the world of heavy drinking too.
    I played rugby and thought I had an air of invincibility at times.

    At 18 consider yourself a man, not a boy though. You're old enough to smoke, drink, get married and vote in the UK.

    Best thing you can do is work hard, play hard, enjoy life and respect your peers who earn your respect.
    Most of what you want to do, has been done before, but pick 1 path and go for it.

    Life's too short, so travel while you can and enjoy it. Once you get settles/married and have kids your life will change.

    Remember you're a long time dead.

    Happy 18th too.
     
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    I'm staying away from that!
     
  8. RightFootFanatic

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    I would second this, this can be a door opener even if you run your own business.

    Apart from that not that much, as it made me who and where I am today, but I wouldn't put so much time in anger, conflicts and stuff.
    That's just lost time you never get back, but that's something I realized the day as a buddy passed away that has almost the same age.

    Be open, if you can try to meet people allover the world when you can travel, that brings you forward as a decent man.
     
  9. gentzalli

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    Thank you!

    Do you think the military is a good option for most 18 year olds? It interests me because of the life lessons it can teach you and the mental toughness it can bring.

    Thank you. The thing is, I'm not really passionate about anything that school has to offer, I like doing things for myself. What I mean to say is that I don't know if I'd be doing any subject out of pleasure.

    Do you think I should go to school anyway? Even if I don't enjoy it, is it still advisable? I'm not really sure I can even afford it at this moment
     
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    Universities here in Germany offer guest semester with reduced costs and also "testing hearings" for a couple of weeks so you can check it out. Don't know if thats an option where you are.
    Germany also offers support and sponsorships for foreign students, if you're thinking about to see the world this could be a great start. You could find heads-up here:

    http://www.internationale-studierende.de/en/home/
    http://www.eduserver.de/

    Also we have so called "integrated students", students working parttime for companies that pay for the universities. Anyway compared to the US for example, higher education is cheap.

    Education is always worth it to go for, it can be tough like anything in the world can be. But we have a saying here, once you had the money in hand you won't return to school.
    So if you have a good paying job / business and build your live on it, you won't ditch that for school and beeing un- / less paid most likely.

    I believe that educated people bring society forward. I highly recomend that you think about trying things out. You're young and if you can aford it, try some school stuff, interships or whatever you like and won't bind you for long term.
    That's one of the benefits you have as a young one, trying, failing, figuring stuff out and succeed.
     
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    Yes and no. Depends which country you're in.

    I have several friends who are ex Royal Marine Commandos who have since set up in business and doing very well for themselves.
    It's one of the hardest courses you can do, it also gives you a confidence and self believe.
     
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    I'd have started meditating and saving my money. And stayed away from useless gold diggers + fake friends.
     
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    It is the best time to decide about your future. Because this is the best age for learning anything which you want. Remember one thing Do Always that what your heart say and which helps you to stay happy
     
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    Don't cam on naughtychurch :0
     
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    What I would do the same:
    - get a full-time job and live at home with my parents and save money and learn about web-based business model
    - become intellectually curious and interested in psychology, philosophy, biology, and of course business, and always learning to get a broader perspective about life.

    What I would do different:
    - Create better habits and daily routines
    - Work out and stay healthy
    - I would not waste my hard earned money and would only move out when I had established online income sources successfully.
    - I would realize earlier that other's opinions don't matter. It's your life, do whatever feels right for you and not what your relatives or friends think you should do.
    - I would not move with my girlfriend to a new city with no plans (would probably stay single so I could focus on work and not waste time, but hard to regret it since I did feel lonely at the time and she was a great girl)
    - I would not go to college and not take on student loans (instead I would move to South East Asia earlier and live in a low cost foreign country and learn a new language. Helps you grow up a lot and gives you a broader perspective. I wish I did this at 19 instead of 24 (I'm 25 now), then I would be 5 years ahead now).
    - I would not move to New York for 3 years or any other expensive city when I could live in a low cost country.
    - I would be more productive and get shit done so I could start earning money earlier.
    - I would start saving at least 10% of what I earned strictly for long term investments and wealth and never touch it, and let the interest it earns earn more.
     
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    If I could turn back the clock, I would have left home earlier and got a place of my own and or gone to university.
    I started to work (employed) when I was 17 and was still living with my parents until I moved in with a girlfriend when I was 22.
    Should have tried to be independent and lived on my own terms for at least a couple of years.
     
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    I would have come out the closet earlier and made a better exit with balloons and glitter and things, instead of getting caught hanging out the back of someone in the bushes at the end of the garden.
     
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    Don't go to university unless you KNOW FOR SURE what you want to do, it's in a scientific field and you have ideas of what company you want to work for when you graduate. Anything else is an insane waste of money and time.
     
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    More advanture
     
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