Quelles sont les choses que vous auriez aimé savoir à 21 ans ?

Un thread sur Quora que j’ai trouvé utile, et dont je voulais garder trace, sinon partager le contenu que j’avais trouvé le plus utile. Bon, après lecture des points suivants, je suis sûr que plus d’un pensera que ce sont (pour la plupart) des banalités, mais je pense qu’il ne faut pas les voir comme « juste » des banalités, mais une sélection de quelques unes à retenir.

(bon par contre j’admets que les passages sur le voyage résonnent en moi de façon particulière !)

Et pour ceux qui cherchaient des bonnes résolutions, en voilà une palanquée.

  • For the love of your own life, Don’t smoke. If you’re already smoking. Quit. The excuse that work stress made you do it, is not worth it.
  • Get exercise to be part of your daily routine.
  • Travel. Seriously. As much as you can. Especially to conferences.
  • Food/Beverages: Learn, experiment, try out, taste all different types of foods. You eat 3 times a day if not more. Everyone on Earth follows the same routine, get to know food and you can break the ice in so many situations. Besides, its very tasty!
  • Cooking. Learn it. Its fun. You will get to enjoy food more and the company that comes with it.
  • Learn about Finances. Even if it might be boring, or not applicable immediately to you, learn about finances. To make money, you need to understand money, unless you luck out (which very few people do).
  • Start saving. Get into the habit of tucking a few Dollars every week. Try to build up savings for a rainy day.
  • Invest in property. As early as you can. Property in the long run, will always give you a profit.
  • Jan Visser point on Self-Pity – Cannot stress this enough.
  • Be Happy in whatever you do. If you’re not, why push yourself through it (be it life, work, personal relationships, hobbies, etc.)
  • Read. Read as much as you can, especially History and People. So many things will make sense to you.
  • Love the Outdoors. The more you are out and away from your desk, the greater the chance of enjoying life and meeting up with people (accidentally and/or by choice).
  • Dress/Attire. Learn to dress well. It pays back in multiples in life.
  • Frugality. Learn it early enough in life. You’ll thank yourself later on in life.
  • Management: Learn and read up as much as you can about being a Manager, Management Techniques, etc. Even if they may not be applicable to you right away.
  • Last but not the least, deliver on your word. For your word is worth more than your weight in gold.
  • Make sure you are doing the things you want to do, because at a later age you might not be able to do it any more.
  • If you are unhappy about your job, try to find a better one. You’re going to spend a lot of time at work.
  • Make sure you can be happy on your own, your relationship might not last. And if you are happy on your own, you will have more fun together.
  • Don’t care about what people say. Do care about what friends say.
  • You can take more life risks now than you probably ever will be able to again. Your whole life is still ahead of you, and most of the life choices you’ll make at this stage aren’t necessarily permanent.


  • You can take more life risks now than you probably ever will be able to again. Your whole life is still ahead of you, and most of the life choices you’ll make at this stage aren’t necessarily permanent.
  • It’s totally cool to go back to school if you need to. There’s no shame at all in picking up new skills.
  • Spend at least a year living and working in a foreign country. It’ll change the way you look at everything.
  • Money does actually matter, sadly. Try and have some kind of cushion: it’ll come in handy if things go wrong, but it’ll also come in handy forexperiments.
  • Read every contract before you sign it, and always think about what it means in the worst case scenario. (Seriously.)
  • Find happiness within yourself, not from other people, and certainly not from things. Unhappiness leads to terrible choices.
  • Related: know that your own value is no less than anybody else’s (but, conversely, isn’t more than anybody else’s, either).
  • Keep your body healthy. It might seem indestructible now, but it won’t, sooner than you think.
  • Don’t be tied down by cultural norms, traditions or what everyone else is doing. And flatly ignore your fear of missing out.

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