“If I only knew then what I know now.” Depending on your age, I’m guessing you’ve said that to yourself quite a lot.
Taking its cue from the Twitter @ayoungerme account created to crowd-source responses to this question, Hacker News posed the same query — What one thing would you tell your younger self if you had the opportunity? — to its demographic and got some interesting responses. Some facetious, some most definitely not.
For example, user Mindcrime responded:
Assuming you mean some general life advice sort of thing, and not something like “The Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, bet on the G-men” or something, then I’d say: “Don’t over value the whole ‘good things come to people who wait’ thing. Be really f%!#ng aggressive in going after what you want, life is short, don’t wait around.”
or something to that effect.
IsaacL added his own practical take: “It’s like the guy said in ‘The Graduate’ when asked for career advice: just one word, ‘plastics’. For my younger self, the word I’d use would be ‘smartphones.’”
Another participant, JoeDoyle23, also stuck to business. He would tell the younger JoeDoyle23:
Someday Apple stock is going to be less than $5 a share. Buy lots of it and hold on to it until you have the ability to talk to your younger self. :)
And there were some snappy exchanges. When Majorlaser said: “I am 21 now, but I would tell my 18 year old self to spend less time reading reddit/digg and start building more stuff. And also, finish your projects and focus,” Ralith responded: “Your future self asked me to tell you to spend less time reading [Hacker News] and start building more stuff!”
Some of the Twitter responses touched on technology:
Don't outsource mobile/web app development to India—
A Younger Me (@AYoungerMe) July 19, 2012
Learn to focus but have fun | Leave home at 18 | Listen more..to mum | Take risks | Learn to code Dammit! | It will be ok:)—
A Younger Me (@AYoungerMe) July 17, 2012
So now it’s my turn: What one thing would you tell your younger self? Please post your answer in comments.
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