What 10 leaders wish they had known when they were 22

If there was one piece of advice you could go back in time and give your 22-year-old self, what would it be?

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Jun 9, 2014 7:54PM
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 LITTLE VITO ON MATH
> A teacher asks her class, "If there are five birds sitting on a fence, and
> you shoot one of them, how many will be left?" She calls on Little Vito.
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> He replies, "None. They will all fly away with the first gunshot."
> The teacher replies, "The correct answer is four, but I like your
> thinking."
> Then, Little Vito says, "I have a question for YOU. There are three women
> sitting on a bench having ice cream: One is delicately licking the sides
> of the triple scoop of ice cream. The second is gobbling down the top and
> sucking the cone. The third is biting off the top of the ice cream. Which
> one is married?"
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> The teacher, blushing a great deal, replied, "Well, I suppose the one
> that's gobbled down the top and sucked the cone."
> To which Little Vito replied, "The correct answer is 'the one with the
> wedding ring on', but I like your thinking."

Jun 10, 2014 10:09AM
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Even if we could go back and give our 22-year-old selves advice, it would have done no good.

I have found out that you can't tell anybody anything.

We all have to learn for ourselves.

Jun 9, 2014 7:46PM
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I would never have sent my kids to college. I would have had them get an apprenticeship in the trades.
Jun 10, 2014 9:23AM
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Don't marry someone who argues for the sake of arguing. It just adds another degree of difficulty to whatever it is you're trying to accomplish.
Jun 9, 2014 7:57PM
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LITTLE VITO ON ENGLISH
> Little Vito goes to school, and the teacher says, "Today, we are going to
> learn multi-syllable words, Class. Does anybody have an example of a
> multi-syllable word?"
> Little Vito says, "Mas-tur-bate."
> Miss Rogers smiles and says, "Wow, Little Vito, that's a mouthful."
> Little Vito says, "No, Miss Rogers. You're thinking of a ****."job.
Jun 10, 2014 12:13AM
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Not one of these leaders said anything worthwhile, except the one who said to travel.
If I knew at 22 what I know now I would have bought land in Key West and be a billionaire by now...
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I'd have dealt with my mental health issues, gone to a community college for art not an over priced art school and done more to follow my dreams instead of giving up.
Jun 10, 2014 6:19AM
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Suze Orman has made of career of stating the obvious.  She's such a sheister.
Jun 10, 2014 8:28AM
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Who knew that being a career liar and a thief would someday lead Obama to being the president of the United States of America?

Jun 10, 2014 9:01AM
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I would have avoided getting mixed up with the party scene. I thought it was cool at 22 and it took me 23 years to fully discover that it was a waste of time, energy and money. I would have avoided going into a teaching career (40 years) and gone more high tech as technology is less draining and annoying than people. I would have disassociated myself from politics, organized religion and professional sports as I spent too much time arguing about things that never made me one red cent.  It was  G.B Shaw who said "youth is wasted on the young"."
Jun 10, 2014 1:37PM
Jun 10, 2014 12:07AM
Jun 10, 2014 6:17AM
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"How to find the perfect hairpiece."

- Donald Trump

Jun 10, 2014 8:08AM
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Oh sure ! 
Just keep blaming me for everything !!
Jun 10, 2014 9:10AM
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What I know now that I wished I knew at 22, I can't name all the mistakes I made from choosing someone else to marry, taking a much different career path and not to waste all my time in college taking courses that I never needed to help me achieve what I have now. If only my older self could have gone back in time and approach my dumb naive young self and grab me by both shoulders and shook some sense into my thick scull and say to me, "Don't go there and make all the mistakes, you will later regret!" 
Jun 10, 2014 5:47PM
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"What would you tell your 22-year-old-self"? is a question as useless and meaningless as, say, "What two universes would you simultaneously live in?" The reality in which these questions are asked does not permit a non-frivolous answer to either of them.

 

What IS sensible is to hope that a person has at a young age--at 22 years, if you like--the experience, perhaps a single event (often extremely traumatic)--that causes that person to intend to live their life with one and only one goal: Live With No Regrets. If one has the good fortune to have the searing insight and commitment to live their life thusly (and it will be fortune, a turn of the existential cards, not someone telling them), a single life goal of No Regrets will tease out for the rest of life all that THAT person needs to say and do, and to not say and to not do. It will be an inner voice without price, with no ability to be wrong. In the most meaningful sense, failure will not be possible for that person.

 

Researchers have determined that of the elderly who are approaching death, for those of them who express regrets there are a recurring top 5 regrets. Number 5 is regret for not allowing themselves more happiness. Number 4 - regret they did not stay in better touch with friends and family. Number 3 - regret for not being more candid and expressive with those around them. Number 2 - regret for the time on their clock and the time in their mind devoted to money. And the number 1 regret: Regret that they didn't have the courage to be the person they should have been; but rather became what they were told to be, what they were expected to be, what others wanted them to be.

 

Anyone who adopts, at 22 (say), the serious intention to do one and only one thing with their life or to die trying--to Live With No Regrets--they will find as they turn to face their final evening that they did everything they were supposed to do and needed to do and really wanted to do. They have no regrets.

 

Now, is that running the table or what?

Jun 9, 2014 7:16PM
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The one scene in the Graduate where the older mentor mutters,
"plastics" to Benjamin Braddock -  I would substitute "Equities".

Jun 10, 2014 8:29AM
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Deepak Chopra - "the invisible thread, fragile as it looks..."  IF IT'S INVISIBLE YOU CAN'T SEE IT!

Also, "alternative healer" is another name for snake oil salesman, or bullsh!t artist, if you will.  He just repackages Buddhism with one hell of a markup on the price.
Jun 23, 2014 7:48PM
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Invest my 5,000 dollars in apple in 1993


Jun 23, 2014 10:04AM
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Marry someone you respect, not someone you pity.

Take a career self assessment test on your 16 year b-day.  Set the course.  Work hard.

Give to charity, but don't volunteer.  People always want more of your time than you are willing to give - put that extra energy into you and your family.

 

 

 

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