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What one thing would you tell your younger self if you had the opportunity? Hacker News posed the question — borrowed from the Twitter@ayoungerme account — to its community and got some interesting results — some flip and some philosophical.

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“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:

And another:

So now it’s my turn: What one thing would you tell your younger self? Please post your answer in comments.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock user Pashin Georgiy

  1. Tell her how you feel.

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  2. Always take the blue pill, always.

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  3. Listen to your parents, they were right. Don’t waste time dating that asshold. Drink less, focus more. Save 10 percent of your earnings from your very first job!

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  4. You will rarely use almost everything you have, and you will never need almost everything you want. Reduce the cost of maintaining your real-world technical debt.

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  5. I like the way you turned out. You have a great thing don’t screw it up.

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  6. I love these comments. One of the responses on Twitter was “Don’t smoke. I’ll be the one who has to quit and it’s REALLY HARD!”

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  7. Fcuk more, less study, build more friends, buy domain of Us companies in each other country, brake up relations firts, be more egoist, never take a loan, save money, have a gay experience ;)

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  8. Matt Terenzio Thursday, July 19, 2012

    The winning lotto number will be . . .

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  9. Don’t. Give. Up.

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  10. Carolyn Parker Friday, July 20, 2012

    Learn early how to live within your means and protect your assets. And most of all, don’t let the outside world corrupt your goals.

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    1. bingo

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