13 March, 2012

Self improvement

No, I'm not talking about crappy not-even-worth-the-paper-they're-printed-on books.
A few days ago, I've stumbled upon a very interesting post here. It's about what advice you would give to a 10 year older self.
I realize that it won't apply to everyone, but from my point of view, we have some important life tips over here.

Here are my top 3 picks. If you go with them, you'll be more than fine in your life (provided that you don't go crazy before ).
#10 – For the most part, what others think doesn’t matter.
This is, in my opinion, by far the most important. You cannot live your life expecting to make everyone happy. It cannot be done. Better people have tried it and they failed. 
You need to set your priorities straight in life,  what do you want to do, who do you want to spend the rest of your life with, etc, and then you can know who's opinion really matters. Life is not a closed circle. People enter and exit your affection zone, so try not to waste your attention on those that don't deserve it.
And as long as you're happy with yourself, you are on the right road.

#8 – Nobody knows what you’re thinking unless you tell them.
Communication. Really, really, really important. You need a raise, you have problems in your relationship, you have a huge crush on really pretty lady?  Then go talk to them - your boss, your girlfriend, your crush, whoever -.  Keeping it to yourself won't help at all. Nobody can read minds, no matter how much they advertise it. :P

#4 – Invest in yourself.
The best investment there is. Learn a new programming language, learn a new skill, learn a foreign language, etc. It will prove it's worth in the long run. New skills are always marketable, whether you're looking for a job or a girlfriend.
Advantages in job hunting:  
- the immediately visible one: the more skills you have, the more chances of finding a job you get.
- shows the employer that you can learn new things and that you're open to discover new things
- makes you less expendable if you can do more than one thing in the company. Versatility is and will always be a plus. 

The rest are also important, and I recommend you to read it all on the original post.

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