Hindsight is 20/20 - Advice I'd Give My Younger Self

Earlier this month, we had a show called "What I'd Tell My Younger Self"  

If you missed it you can download it (using any computer or mobile device) here or listen on iTunes here.

Since that show, I've thought a lot about what I WISH I would have done.  I thought of additional advice I'd tell msyelf or any current teenager would listen to.  Though there has been a number of thoughts running through my head, I'm going to narrow it down to 5 things.

1. Fail faster. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Do the best you can, but when mistakes happen, learn and grow from them.  And, while we're at it, don't internalize them.  Your past failures don't mean you create a new future!
2. Enjoy being a kid and a teenager. You have the rest of your life to be an adult.  I enjoyed college and high school A LOT.  That said, I can see the areas in my life where I was so excited to be independent and "adult" that I missed some opportunitys to play a little more.
3. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Independence is good, but be willing to learn from others and realize when you don't have to go it alone.  And it doesn't make you weak if you need to ask questions, it proves that you're moldable and willing to learn.
4. Don't let fear hold you back. Do it. I know this is easier said than done, but I've learned a powerful truth in my life: Regret feels worse than failure.  There are a lot of things I DIDN'T do because I was scared and I missed some pretty cool opportunities.  If you ask yourself, but what if I make a mistake?  What if I fail?  Refer to number 1 above! ;)
5. Find your favorite forms of exercise before your body totally revolts and doesn't want to do any of them...Ha!

I'd love to hear, what would you tell YOUR younger self.  Share with us on Facebook!

-Michelle

Michelle McCullough is a speaker, strategist, success coach, serial entrepreneur and show host. In addition to The Living Room, Michelle also has a solo show called Make It Happen.  She's the managing director for Startup Princess, an international organization for women entrepreneurs.  She loves God, is married, has two kids and her secret love is sugar cereals. Find out more about Michelle at her website, SpeakMichelle.com

 

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