What advice would you have wished your young selves to know?

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Cultivate balance in all dimensions rather than seeking out a stat to maximize.

In other words, for each pursuit (A) in life that can be measured by limitless degrees of achievement, try to discover another pursuit (B) for which the rate of progress in B diminishes with increasing rates of progress in A. Now properly calibrate the rates of progress in both A & B to optimally based on attributes about yourself, which you consider to be unique to you (or whatever). The result of this should be achievement in both pursuits coupled with "self discovery", the latter of which you will need in order to balance A and B.

Here's an example of where I think this could have helped me. In high school, I used to study math and physics recreationally (pursuit A) because I wanted to build expertise in these subjects. I think I could have balanced this with either more effort in humanities studies or even physical exercise, as for both I found myself correcting an underappreciation late in high school and in college. While I did get really good at math and physics, it took me longer to come to terms with a more honest view of those other two possible pursuit B's and how they fit into who I am.


I have posted this here before...

Don’t focus on the rat race - 1, 2, 3 years don’t make a big difference in the long run, $10, 20, 50k don’t make a big difference in the long run.

Focus on your journey. Get meaningful experiences that challenge you and make you a better professional and a human along the way, build meaningful relationships professionally and personally, look for enjoyment and happiness. Be kind to others - you will never regret it in the long run.


Wow. This is probably the best response I’ve seen to a fishbowl question. Thank you


To thine own self be true

Also agree with P1 above

- Partner One


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