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10 Things That Every Young Person Should Do To Make The Most Out Of Life

10 Things That Every Young Person Should Do To Make The Most Out Of Life

You’re young once only, how do you make the most out of it instead of wasting time only on the unnecessary parties and drinks all the time? Feross Aboukhadijeh, a web developer, designer, and Stanford computer science graduate, who has a company StudyNotes that helps students learn faster and better, shared on Quora what a young person should do to life.

1. Prioritize learning.

  • Learn the 10,000 hour rule.
  • Start early.
  • Read a lot. 2-3 hours a day, at least.

2. Don’t talk about doing stuff. Do stuff.

  • The world is full of so many talkers, and so few doers.
  • Too much planning is as bad as no planning.
  • “Posting about your plans is shadow of Done
  • Make stuff while your brain is young and fresh. The brain gets slower as you age.
  • 3. Figure out what you like. Try to become the best in the world at it.
  • If you start early, you will have time to change your mind.
  • Don’t worry if it’s not “prestigious” or won’t make you a lot of money. If you’re good at it, you’ll make it prestigious.
  • Read “How to Do What You Love” by Paul Graham.

4. Experience stuff.

  • Watch epic movies/books/music.
  • Go on adventures (road trips, travel to other countries).
  • Talk to interesting people and really LISTEN.

5. Spoil yourself on the stuff that matters.

  • Eat well, sleep well, drink (water) well.
  • Buy a good bed (you spend ⅓ of your life in your bed).
  • Buy a good computer (since you will spend so much time on it).
  • Similarly, good chair, keyboard, mouse, etc.

6. You may ignore the opposite sex until you are 20.

  • At the very least don’t feel bad if you don’t have a girlfriend/boyfriend before age 20. You’re not “missing out” — in the grand scheme of things, it’s not very important.

7. Try to work hard to get into college.

  • In high school, try to get all A’s — even when the class is unpleasant.
  • University is such a formative experience, you’ll make lifelong friends and business partners, and learn a ton about yourself.
  • You’ll want to do this at the best possible school you can get into.

8. Don’t worry about your grades once you got into college.

  • Once in college, don’t worry about grades (caveat: unless you plan to go to grad school, especially law or PhD programs, or apply for a competitive job).
  • Optimize for learning and personal happiness.
  • Find time for side projects.

9. Be genuine. Be nice.

  • Being a generally nice person will make you so many awesome lifelong friends.
  • Being genuine is freeing since you can just be yourself with everyone you know — you won’t have to worry about keeping lies straight in your head.

10. Learn to delay gratification.

  • Ability to delay gratification predicts future success.
  • Those who succumb to pressures and do what’s immediately satisfying miss out on later satisfaction.
  • Ex: Kids in high school who partied every night are bagging groceries at Safeway now, while those who delayed that “fun” for just a few more years get to work at their dream job for the rest of their lives

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10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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