By Adam Braun
Our lives are often a result of the influential experiences we encounter, and, in my case, each significant event played a role in creating the trajectory of my life’s ambitions. If I could go back to my 17-year-old self, I would tell him these three things.
+ Being you is more important than being cool.
There are so many different points in life when you’ll be faced with attractive and appealing opportunities that may not be totally in line with your values. This is especially true in your teens and 20s as you’re just beginning to really discover yourself. Deep inside each of us lies a core of values and beliefs. These should always be the things to guide you in your decisions. Listen to them and have faith they will not steer you wrong.
+ Surround yourself with those who make you better.
Young adulthood is a challenging time. You’re constantly surrounded by many different kinds of people. Making friends and finding where you fit in is both exciting and daunting. Surrounding yourself with those who support your growth, rather than those who will criticize it. Consistently spend your time around those who teach you, inspire you, and challenge you to become the best possible version of yourself.
+ Read the signs around you.
Your calling in life isn’t just going to be laid out in front of you in black and white. Discovering your purpose is a creative blend of aggressively seeking it and patiently let it come to you. The world has a funny way of guiding you to important choice points, and then providing subtle signs that you can choose to embrace or ignore. If you think the world is trying to tell you something, I believe that it usually is, so follow the signs and live your way into the life you seek.
While there are many mantras to live by, I think these three are an essential place to start. these truths serve as guidance throughout the many decisions and crossroads that you will inevitably face ahead.
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