Some simple advice for young people

advice-for-young-peopleIf you’re looking for some simple advice for young people then here are some of the things I wished I’d known when I was 18.

Learn these lessons as soon as you can. As you travel along life’s highway, you’ll find them all really useful.

1. Be kind:

It’s easy to make judgements about people and we’re all guilty of doing it, at least occasionally.

The problem is none of us can really know what challenges other people are facing in their lives at any given time. Some people can have very tough lives and they may be really struggling. It’s not always obvious to the rest of us.

So be kind to everyone you meet. It costs you nothing but it can mean the world to someone who’s facing a particularly difficult time in their life.

2. Value friendship:

Our friends and loved ones are our most precious possessions.

Work is important, of course, but it’s not as important as people. If you were to drop dead tomorrow, an employer will replace you in a heartbeat. However, you can’t be replaced by the people to whom you matter most.

So value friendships and family, and make sure you make time for them. Never be too busy working to miss out on spending some quality time with your friends and family.

If you’re ever seriously ill, it will be your friends and loved ones who take care of you, not your employer.

3. Value your time:

Now, you’ll often hear someone say, “Oh, I would love to do that if only I had the time.”

And yet we all have exactly the same amount of time, i.e. 168 hours each week.

It all comes down to what we choose to do with our time and how we prioritise those things that matter to us most.

Time is simply a resource like money, albeit it’s more important than money. You can get more money but you can’t get more time, can you? None of us can do that, can we?

So you must learn to use your time wisely. Time is a precious resource, so you must develop effective time management skills.

You must recognise that you can’t do everything but you can be selective about what you choose to do, within reason.

High-value tasks should always take precedence over low-value tasks.

And remember this; the most effective time management tool is the word NO.

Just because people ask you for a piece of your time, it doesn’t mean you’re obliged to give it to them. Be very selective about how you allocate your time.

Think of the word NO as a baseball bat.

Whenever someone makes a request that would not be the best use of your time, then NO is the means by which you can whack that request right out of the ballpark. Always be polite, of course, but be firm too.

Being busy is not the same as being productive. And your aim, always, should be to be productive.

Check out my Top 10 Tips for How to Manage Your Time.

4. Mindset matters:

Whether you realize it or not, your mindset matters and by that I mean, it really matters a lot. When I refer to mindset, I’m referring to how you think, whether you’re positive by nature or otherwise.

You’ll never experience a positive outcome with a negative attitude. And you’ll never, ever impress anyone with a negative attitude either. No one is impressed by negativity, trust me. And no one wants to spend much time around negative people either.

There’s an old saying, “Believe you can and you will!

This is absolutely true in my experience.

Succeeding at anything requires you to believe in yourself and believe you can achieve anything you set out to achieve.

Yes, you’ll have setbacks. Everyone does. It’s true, it won’t be easy. It never is. And it doesn’t matter what others think. There will always be negative people trying to rain on your parade.

As long as you believe you can, and you’re determined and prepared to work hard, then almost everything is possible. Other people succeed and so can you.

So think positive and take every opportunity to reinforce your self-belief.

And take care of your mental wellbeing too, by avoiding negative people and all the exaggerated scare stories we see and hear constantly in the media.

5. Never fear making mistakes:

The problem with classroom learning is that much of it depends on learning facts and figures and regurgitating everything you’ve memorized in an exam. At the end of it all you get your certificate, diploma or degree but what have you actually learned? Probably, not much I would guess.

Remember this; memorizing is not the same as learning.

The other way we’re often misled when we‘re young is that we’re told that making mistakes is a bad thing. That’s rather sad because it’s not true.

What you will learn from the mistakes you make is actually far more important to you than anything anyone can tell you in a classroom. You’ll never forget those things you’ve had to learn the hard way.

Life isn’t called the ‘School of Hard Knocks’ for nothing.

If you believe in yourself and your ability to use your own judgement and you accept that you’ll make mistakes occasionally, then you have the ability to cope with just about everything life throws at you.

Just make decisions to the best of your ability and knowledge and then, if they don’t work out, just look for the lesson and learn it well.

Despite anything people will tell you to the contrary, there’s nothing wrong with making mistakes because that’s how you gain experience and that’s how you’ll grow in character. Just don’t make the same mistakes too often.

Making mistakes is how you gain that valuable commodity known as experience, so they’re essential to your personal development.

6. Read more:

In the modern age, a good education is essential. That doesn’t mean you must have a formal education necessarily. Classroom learning doesn’t suit everyone and there are many ways to learn.

One of the best ways to learn in my experience is to read.

Read all the critically acclaimed novels by the most respected authors. And not just authors from your own country. Read novels from writers around the world. Translations for the best novels are always available in many languages.

Read non-fiction too. The reading of non-fiction is the basis for self-improvement.

If there are subjects that you find interesting, then by reading you can become an authority on those subjects over time. And becoming an authority is a great way to increase your earning potential.

In my experience, the most successful people are all readers. So make sure you set aside at least 30 minutes each day to read.

Read one book a week and over a year you’ll have consumed a ton of knowledge.

And remember; learning is a lifelong process. You must keep learning for as long as you have the energy to pick up a book.

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     (a) Blinkist:

If you haven’t got enough time to read non-fiction books, you could try Blinkist.

Blinkist is a great way to consume book summaries to get core insights on relevant topics without all the detail. And you can read or listen.

So you get all the key ideas from non-fiction bestsellers in minutes, rather than hours or days. And they have a library of over 5,000 non-fiction books

Not only that, Blinkist has teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from popular podcasts too.

So in as little as 15 minutes, you can gain an understanding of the content of a best-selling book or a popular podcast.

Blinkist is self-improvement done the smart way. So, turn your smartphone into a classroom and your commute to work into a learning experience.

Consume one book a day with Blinkist and in one year you’ll have consumed a Phd’s-worth of knowledge and made yourself a much more valuable commodity.

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     (b) Audible:

Audible is another great way of consuming books. With Audible you get the full book but in audiobook form.

Essentially Audible is an online audiobook and podcast service that allows users to purchase and stream audiobooks and other forms of spoken word content.

And there’s a FREE 30-day trial offer.

So you can try it for a month and see if you like it, with absolutely no commitment to extend beyond the trial period if it doesn’t suit you.

Listen to the world’s bestselling books and enjoy original podcasts too. You can choose from an incredible selection of Audible originals, podcasts and audiobooks to download. It’s definitely worth trying, surely?

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Audible is another great way to turn your smartphone into a learning tool and turn your dead time into productive time. In your car and when you’re commuting to work on the bus or the train, you can be building your knowledge or enjoying bestselling novels in audiobook form.

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7. Write more:

In those far-off days when I wore the clothes of a much younger man, I always had a problem with writing. I never quite knew what to say or how to say it.

It left me feeling slightly inadequate and believing that this was just something at which I was very bad.

As I progressed up the career ladder I struggled with the written word for quite a while. I didn’t realise that my real problem was a lack of practice.

However, I’ve learned over the years that the more I practise writing the better I get at writing. I may not be perfect but I’m a lot better at it now than I was, that’s for sure.

Being able to express yourself clearly and concisely in writing is an essential skill to develop and the best way to develop it is to practise, practise and practise.

Writing is about communication and communication is one of the most important skills for you to develop if you have any ambition for getting on in life.

Take every opportunity you can to write. Start a blog, or write for a magazine, or write to a pen pal, just do whatever it takes.

The more you write the better you’ll get, I promise you.

8. Practise public speaking:

Speaking in front of a crowd, even a small one, can be daunting, especially the first time.

However, this is another skill best developed with practice.

It’s also a skill that is essential the higher up the career ladder you progress.

So take every opportunity to practise. Read a lesson at your local church, or join the Toastmasters, or become an after-dinner speaker or whatever you can to get plenty of practice.

It’s another essential skill best developed early in life.

9. You’re not your job:

advice-for-young-peopleWhenever we meet someone new, we’re often asked what we do for a living.

Our response to that question is that we’re a lawyer or an engineer or an accountant or whatever. This can lead us to think that our identity is defined by what we do for a living, at the present time.

And indeed, other people can often pigeonhole us in their perception of us by what they think we actually do for a living.

However, we all have many dimensions to our personalities and we’re not defined by our jobs alone.

I may be an engineer but I’m also a businessman. Equally, I’m a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a cousin, a friend, a blogger, a Samaritan, et cetera.

And I’ve been many things in the past too, including a Board director, a student, I’ve worked in retail, I’ve worked in the gaming industry, I was once a school caretaker, I’ve lived and worked in many countries and so on.

I’m a multidimensional person and so is everyone else.

We’re the sum total of all the things we are and all the things we’ve done and the experiences we’ve had.

Our identities and experience are not, and should not, be limited by the job we’re doing at any given time.

10. Learn to manage money:

The problem with classroom learning is that very little of what you actually learn at school, college or university is of much real use to you once you leave the formal education system.

They teach you about things you’ll never use and yet, they fail to teach you about things that will really matter to you in the real world.

Things you’ll never learn at school include:-

  • What constitutes a decent income?
  • How to earn a decent income?
  • How to budget to cover your outgoings
  • How to apply for a mortgage
  • What is insurance, what does it cost and why do you need it?
  • The difference between saving and investment.
  • Asset classes and how to invest?
  • How to build wealth and financial independence.

It’s essential that you learn how to manage money. And it’s essential that you learn as much as you can about money as soon as you can.

Being young, it’s very easy for the money coming into your life to disappear as quickly as it arrived. However, I can tell you that mismanaging your money is the way to the poorhouse. Learning to manage your money effectively and building wealth should be your primary aim.

The building of wealth is the way to financial independence. And once you’re financially independent then you get to choose what you do and when you do it.

11. Know when to walk away:

Sometimes things just don’t work out. You try hard to make them work and you do your very best. However at some point, you must recognise that to invest any more time and effort into whatever it is, is simply not the right thing to do.

If something just isn’t working for whatever reason, then it’s better for everyone if you just draw a line under it and move on.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a job or a bad relationship. If it’s making you unhappy, if you just can’t make it work, then you don’t need any other reason to decide enough is enough.

Yes, your decision may cause some upset at the time but everyone will be happier in the long term.

Never be afraid to move on when you think it’s necessary.

12. Find a mentor:

When you’re young and starting out on your career, you don’t have to make all the mistakes yourself.

It’s a legitimate strategy to learn as much as you can from the experience of others. I wish I’d found myself a decent mentor early on.

An experienced, non-judgemental, friendly ear with whom problems and their potential solutions can be explored on a regular basis.

Find yourself a decent mentor as quickly as possible.

Having a mentor is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength and a sign that you’re willing and able to learn from others.

Learning is a lifelong process. No one starts out as the finished article. And anything you can learn from a wiser, older head can only help you navigate the choppy waters of life and work.

And don’t be afraid to ask someone to be your mentor. If nothing else, they’ll be flattered you asked and they’ll probably be keener to help you than you might imagine.

13. Trust your instincts:

Your gut instinct is a better barometer than you might imagine too.

If it feels wrong, it usually is wrong. Certainly, it’s likely to be wrong for you.

Then again, regardless of anything negative you’re getting from other people, if your instinct tells you, you can do it, then have a go. Chances are you will succeed.

Your gut instinct is your friend.

14. Rise to the challenge:

As we negotiate the stormy road that’s life, the challenges we face can often seem daunting. And we can often wish for something a little easier.

However, by rising to the challenges we face, we grow as people. We learn and we build experience. And as suggested earlier, experience is a valuable commodity.

If we’re solving the hardest problems, we’ll be stretching ourselves as much as we can.

We add value to others, and therefore increase our income, by solving problems for others.

If you become the ‘go to’ person for solving the hardest problems then you can earn a very good living, I promise you.

Don’t be afraid to tackle the hardest problems. You can only gain from the experience.

15. Nurture your network:

There’s an old saying that says, no man is an island. Human beings are social animals and we need each other. Your network of friends and business contacts is important and it can be very useful to you.

However, it’s not about take, take, take.

A network must be nurtured and you must give before you can reasonably expect to receive. By doing favours occasionally, you’ll always get help when you need it.

So value your network, help people when you can, socialise with people and take the time to build lasting relationships.

16. Schedule some ‘me time’:

Life can be all-consuming if you’re not careful. When you have a demanding job and a family, it can all be quite stressful at times.

You can burn out very quickly if you’re not careful.

Work and family are important, of course, but that shouldn’t mean you damage your health and well-being or the relationship with your family in the process.

So make sure you factor into your schedule a little ‘me time’ on a regular basis. And make time for your loved ones too.

It’s not just a good idea, it’s essential.

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7 inspirational quotes about experience

Education is a fine thing but absolutely nothing beats experience.

There is nothing anyone can tell you that will be more valuable to you than doing it for yourself, getting your fingers burned and learning from the experience.

You’ll forget many things you were taught in a classroom but you won’t forget your mistakes, mishaps and the experience you got from them.

So don’t worry about making mistakes for mistakes can be pure gold, providing you don’t repeat them too often.

From mistakes, you’ll get experience and experience is a valuable and much sought after commodity.

As a hiring manager, I value people with experience. The more experience you have the less likely you are to make mistakes whilst you’re on my payroll. So it’s good business to hire for experience I think.

However let me add, I’m not dismissing the value of education. I can tell you now that education is important too dear reader.

Learning is an investment in you and it can pay great dividends.

The higher your level of education, the more you can earn potentially. Learning is a lifelong process, so don’t forget you must always keep your knowledge current.

And if you have both experience and knowledge then you can go as far as your ambition and determination will take you.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about experience to reinforce today’s message.

Quotes about experience:

  1. The only source of knowledge is experience. ~Albert Einstein
  2. Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. ~Oscar Wilde
  3. Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. ~Paulo Coelho
  4. People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. Experience is the teacher of all things. ~Julius Caesar
  6. If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience. ~Mao Zedong
  7. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~Helen Keller

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