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Regardless of our age, the life we live right now affects the rest of our moments to come.

Everyone has pitfalls along the way, but if we can learn from others, why not!? Whether you’re 20, 50, or even 100, here are 20 important lessons we should all learn:

 

#1: YOU ARE #1

“You need to put yourself on the list! Your needs and desires are important and if you’re not paying attention to them, you can easily lose yourself along the way.”

-Lisa Martin, 46, New Brunswick

 

 

#2: IT’S OK TO BE SINGLE

“It is not absolutely necessary to be in a relationship with someone. By yourself can be much, much better.”

-Valarie Stewart, 58, Ontario

 

 

#3: DON’T SPEND FOOLISHLY

“Had I invested in property…bonds, maybe some stocks…I would have been financially stable in my later years, especially after spending 15 years in prison for illegally making money.”

Randy Kearse, 49, New York

Motivational speaker & author (feat. on The Colbert Report & the Discovery Channel): Randykearse.net

 

 

#4: CONFIDENCE

“I was a lot cooler and better looking than I thought I was at the time…looking at old pictures and then running into people 20 years later who told me so, [I] changed that.”

-Terri Monture, 50, Ontario

 

 

#5 TIME GOES BY FAST

“I wish I would have realized how quickly the years truly go by….I would have left the dust and dishes a lot more and spent more time with my son.”

-Anna Katriina Grawbarger, 49, Ontario

 

 

#6: TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR LIFE

“Life’s point is to love more and hurt less. To do it, claim 100% personal accountability and responsibility. Own it all.”

-Steven Shewach, 43, Oregon

Men’s relationship mentor: Lovemorehurtless.com

 

 

#7: FINANCES MATTER

“I would have put more money into energy and technology…I would have liked more coin to invest.”

-Bill Reid, 50, Ontario

 

 

#8: BE ASSERTIVE WHEN PEOPLE PUSH YOU

“I wish I would of spoke up more instead of accepting the status quo about things.”

-Neil Ballantyne, 35, Ontario

 

 

#9: GO AFTER YOUR PASSION dream

“Follow your dreams even if they change the path you are on at the time.”

-Pamela Odd, 48, Ontario

 

 

#10: REFLECTION LEADS TO WISDOM

“I’d say that if a 20 something knows to challenge & reassess their opinions/beliefs periodically then they are on a lifelong path to wisdom.”

-Brian Robinson, 40, New York

Radio host: @RobinsonShow

 

 

#11: JUST GO FOR IT

“What one person can do another person can do…I was never encouraged to go to University because of financial woe…you always think what might have been!”

-Bridget Meaney, 59, Newfoundland

 

 

#12: LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION

“Ignore your brain, listen to your gut!”

-Wade McNeice, 48, Ontario

 

 

#13: AKNOWLEDGE KINDNESS

“The receptionist who gave me the only hug on my way out [after being fired]…I should’ve told her how much that hug meant to me. A simple end to 6 years, but it meant a lot. I’ll never forget it.”

-Prash Jadav, 31, England

Blogger: @Prash_Jadav

 

 

#14: BEING YOURSELF=NO REGRETS

“Stop wasting time worrying about what others think of you. Be true to yourself and you will have no regrets.”

-Sue Slean, 50, Ontario

 

 

#15: YOU DICTATE YOUR HAPPINESS

“I wish I would have known myself better. How much influence my attitude has in how my life runs and how the rest of the world responds…that I am the only person responsible for my happiness and that I deserve it all but is my job to work for it.”

Patricia Calderon, 49, California

Radio host and blogger: Pacawellness.com & Becausewomenareamazing.wordpress.com

 

 

#16: THAT GUT FEELING…IT COUNTS!

“Above all else I wish I had known enough to really listen to and trust my insight/ intuition. I’ve participated in people pleasing and setting my soul’s purpose aside with the reasoning that either I ‘owe’ somebody, or that my reasoning, or someone else’s reasoning, was in fact superior to that still small voice inside me.”

DrKRunFit, 54, Georgia

Blogger: @DrKRunFit

 

 

#17: STAND OUT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS

“There’s nothing wrong with standing out – unless it’s because of your semi-nude selfies on Facebook. Post responsibly.”

-Bonnie Petten, 50, Nova Scotia

Blogger: Bonniepetten.blogspot.ca

 

 

#18: THE OUTCOME ISN’T SET IN STONE

“Just because you made your bed does NOT mean you have to lie in it!”

-Angie McFadden, 38, Ontario

 

 

#19: DON’T DELAY DECISIONS

“[I] wouldn’t procrastinate on doing things, making good choices and following through with choices”

-Danny Middleton, 42, Alberta

 

 

#20: FINANCIAL KNOWLEDGE

“Something I wish I knew in my 20’s was the power of financial discipline….Like millions of other Canadians I quickly developed a credit rating through borrowing. Millennial’s face the toughest job prospects in fifty years and have a sluggish economy in which to earn a living. Financial literacy and discipline is one thing that will make your life easier.”

-Cameron Field, detective sergeant ( Toronto Police Service), Ontario

 

 

Comment: which lesson do you find the most powerful?

 

 

 

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20 things they wish they knew in their 20’s

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