TIME TRAVEL

After finishing high school my youngest sister Ingrid bombarded me with questions: “I am afraid about the future!” “I don’t know what to do!” “What should I do?” “Basti, if you could travel in time what advice would you give to your younger self?”

Honestly, I didn’t know the answers. Even though I finished high school a while ago, I struggle with the same uncertainty.

I decided to reach out to older more experienced people and asked my mentors John, Florian, and Conor. They shared their wisdom with me and I want to share it with you.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

John told me: DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU!

“What if I fail?” “Am I going to look bad If things don’t work out?” “What are other people going to think?”

This is something that can hold you back from going after what you want.

But, the truth is that people don’t care! If you try something and you fail, people aren’t going to be sitting around and talking about it. People are busy and have other things to do.

Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “We wouldn’t worry about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.”

On the other hand, what you think about yourself is the only thing that matters!
What are you going to think of you, if you don’t go after what you want? What others thought about you or about your regrets?

Take smart risks and go after what you want!

Florian added: DON’T TRY TO PLEASE EVERYONE!

Remember that you only need 51% to be the president. In some countries even less…

Don’t try to please everyone, because you will end pleasing no one, including yourself.

Conor advised: PATIENCE!

If you want a baby, you have to wait (at least) 9 months. There is no way to get it faster. Add another 14 months until the baby starts walking; a couple of years until kindergarten, school, university… things take time!

What mostly reduces your quality of life, is being in a rush to achieve certain things.

Have Patience! Things will work out.

Immediately, I shared these insights with my sister. She felt relief and so did I. Thanks, guys!

The bonus point is that I finally realized, what advice I would give to my younger self.

ASK QUESTIONS!

Don’t be afraid to ask.

As Simon Sinek would say: “you don’t have to know all the answers and you don’t have to pretend that you do.”

Finally, maybe it is not possible to travel in time, yet. But, there is something that you can do today!

There is someone younger in your life; your children, your grandchildren, your nephew, your niece. Someone younger, who needs to hear your advice. Share it!

“Merely do it!” “Done is better than perfect!” “Regret is the worst!” “Dream even bigger!” “Memento mori!”…

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I’d love to know your advice! Please post it below so I can learn from you and share it with my sister…

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