Advice to My Younger Self

You see who you are by reflecting on who you were. One way to practice self-reflection is to give advice to your younger self. I’ve done this a few times over the years. I do it to comfort myself by feeling smart.

My self-counsel retains a consistent theme even though time passes.

I'd give advice to my younger self, but I wouldn't listen. Image of a donkey.

Advice to my younger self:

#1. Knowing

I’d give advice to my younger self, but it would be futile. He didn’t listen to anyone because he knew everything. And the things he didn’t know didn’t matter. But if I felt foolhardy, I’d say to my thick-headed younger self, “You don’t need to be the smartest most talented person on the field. In fact, you aren’t.”

Confidence with openness surfaces when you get over yourself.

Openness lifts you higher than over-confident knowing.

#2. Winning

My first time at bat was a disaster. I hit a line-drive homerun. After that, I always batted in the top of the hitting lineup. Usually I hit fourth, clean up. I was lucky my first time at bat in Little League. I didn’t learn how to hit until I became a Little League coach.

Don’t swing for a homerun every time.

The need to excel at everything is a leech. The honest way to say you need to be the best at everything is to say you need to be better than everyone.

You carry the indelicate smell of skunk when you must win everything you play.

#3. 10x living

Everything isn’t a competition, but if you must compete live a 10X life.

  1. Express gratitude 10x when you receive it 1x.
  2. Show honor 10x when you receive 1x.
  3. Give love 10X when you receive 1x.

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