What would you say to yourself if you could go back and tell your younger 18 year old self something you know now that you wish you knew then?

You may be thinking that’s a bit random.

But, there’s a bit of a thing on a blog I follow, The Players Tribune,

where athletes of pretty much any sport get on and tell their story in their words.

Cool blog if you’re interested.

But this thing has taken off. Where athletes write a letter to their younger self just giving them a bit of advice

– opportunities to take up, opportunities to pass on

and just tips about life and appreciating your loved ones cause you never know when they’re not going to be here one day.

So I was thinking about what I would say to my younger self.

Of course you could be here all day if you wanted to tell your younger self absolutely everything that you’ve learned over the last 15-20 years right?

So I won’t bore you with an essay.

But there’s a couple of big things I’d love to say to my 18 year old self

* Back yourself 

* Tell your family you appreciate them and love them more than you do

* Spend more time with your Dad cause he’ll be gone before you know it and get to appreciate everything he did for you 

* Don’t stay in a situation that you’re not happy with just because it’s comfortable

– you’re going to work for a few arseholes – back yourself and get out when you get the chance. In fact, make a chance yourself cause no one is going to hand you anything.

What’s the worse thing that could happen? You don’t have enough money to go out on the piss this weekend?

* You’re going to start a business down the track, make sure you surround yourself with a mentor/coach from the start who can take you to where you want to go and someone who has been there before with the runs on the board.

Don’t wait until you’ve been around for 5 years before doing something on a bigger scale that makes you uncomfortable. The change will be worth it.

* Don’t get sucked into fancy dreams and schemes. Plenty of people are going to want to take advantage of you. Be careful who you trust.

* Finally, I’d say when you get an opportunity to change something back yourself.

Don’t wait for the ‘perfect time’ cause there never is a perfect time.

Actually there is, the perfect time is right now.

So what would you say to your younger self if given the same opportunity?

Cheers,
Daniel

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