When you have a teenager in the house there are a lot of things you want them to pass on to them so they can avoid many common pitfalls. Unfortunately, a lot of times teens are not interested in listening, but you can throw out a few words of wisdom now and again and maybe something will stick.
With my own kids, I really want them to take challenges and not be held back by the limits of their own mind or their own peer group. There is a big world out there to go and explore and if they want something they need to take action to make it happen, and not sit around waiting for permission.
In life, if you get the big things right the smaller parts can fall into place. It is important to get the strategy right otherwise you could experience years of frustration. Kids today have so many amazing opportunities to travel, create an online business or follow the traditional route of a university.
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Life doesn’t always work out according to your plan, sometimes your plan A will blow up and you will need to have a plan B or C ready and pivot.
These are things I wish I had known sooner rather than later. Follow these 10 tips and your future is golden.
Ten things every teenager should know
- Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.
- You become like the five people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.
- All great achievements require time.
- The only limits that exist are the ones in your own mind.
- Ask yourself, will this matter a year from now?
- No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
- Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring.
- In school you are taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.
- Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
- Don’t expect to see a change if you don’t make one.