Things You Wish You Learned When You Were Younger

Two great Quora threads came across my inbox this morning that I thought were worth sharing.

What’s the most inspiring thing that you learned, but wished you had learned when you were much younger?

Some answers that stood out:

I am enough.

I am enough of a human being, of a parent, of an employee.

I am enough pretty and enough smart, I am enough intelligent and enough creative.

I am the way I am and I don’t need to apologize for it.

Pair that response with Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown, or watch her brilliant TED Talk

That EVERYTHING is your choice.

It may not feel like it, but you can actually decide what you want to do at every moment of every day.

The only reason you don’t is because you are afraid of consequences and you think that you “need” all of the things around you, people around you, and authority above you in order to eventually be “allowed” to live the life that you will enjoy.

No one will give you the life that you want.  They will keep it for themselves if they ever find it.

YOU must give yourself the life you want.

You must create every single aspect of it.

Ultimately, you are completely responsible for everything you choose to have or not have in your life.

Viktor Frankl, the Holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search for Meaning says:

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

You ALWAYS have choice. Learn more about Frankl here.

A few standout answers from: What are your favorite unconventional life tips?

If one person calls you a horse, call him an ass. If another person calls you a horse, punch him in the throat, if another person calls you a horse, it might be time to look for a saddle – one or two people might try to decieve or mock you, but if everyone tells you the same thing, they are probably right.

If you ever catch yourself complaining “this always happens to me,” that means you are doing something wrong

Fear is not a choice. Giving in to fear is a choice.

Nothing really matters as much as you think it does. No, really.

I can’t change people, but I can change people. (I can’t change people, but I can change the groups of people with whom I choose to associate.)

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