Teenagers are the future. You’ve probably heard that phrase before. It sounds corny and cliche and it kind of is. But there is a lot of truth to it. In the next 20 to 30 years, every major and important position in the world will be filled by today’s teenagers. The presidents, generals, and CEO’s will all be the 14 and 15 year old’s of today. In some ways that is scary, but in other ways, it just shows how fast time flies.
Having said all of that, it is important that future generations move forward not making the same mistakes as the generations that came before them. This is critical. We have to learn from our mistakes, otherwise we are doomed to repeat them (another often heard phrase). Today, we have dedicated our list to this endeavor. Of course, the advice you are about to read isn’t anything groundbreaking or Earth shattering. It won’t solve world hunger or cure cancer, but it will make the adjustment from teenage life to adult life that much easier. So if you know anybody that can benefit from this list, forward it to them because these are 25 Bits Of Advice Every Teenager Should Hear.
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Learn to cook
Or at least buy a crock-pot.
Start saving early
The earlier you start saving, the easier saving becomes.
Besides the obvious danger of skin cancer, you’ll look a lot younger when you’re 50 if you sacrifice that tan right now.
Learn to change your oil
And any other minor fixes on your car. Knowing how it works can prevent you from getting ripped off at the shop. Blinker fluid anyone?
Think before you speak
If someone asks you a question, take a moment to formulate your thoughts. Not only will it make you look smarter, your response will probably be legitimately smarter.
Learn to stay rational when faced with emotional situations
This will take a while. Start practicing.
Cut off toxic people
This doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk about it, but know that if someone is abusing you emotionally or taking advantage of you, it prevents you from accomplishing things and helping others. Know when to walk away.
Learn how to be confident without having a big ego
Confidence is attractive and will get you far, but once again, don’t be a jerk or a know-it-all. The most confident people don’t rub their confidence in other people’s faces.
Learn to have fun responsibly
Drinking and partying with your friends is fun for now, but don’t let it get to the point where that’s all you have in common.
Don't drink the college kool-aid
If you don’t like studying, go to a tech school and get a blue collar job. It’s better than having an art degree and $100,000 of debt.
Note: If you want to be a professional, by all means go to college. Just don’t think you have to go to the most expensive one. Community colleges can be a great way to save money.
Curiosity is one trait that will definitely get you farther in life.
Finish high school
But wait, didn’t we say not to go to college? What gives? High school is different. You can do a lot without a college degree, you’ll do barely anything without a high school education. And if you really want to go to college, get a GED. Don’t give up.
Don't be a doormat
This doesn’t mean that you have to be an alpha male either. Just stand up for yourself, and people will respect that.
Don't worry what your peers think
You won’t know any of them in 20 years anyway. And when you go to your 10-year reunion, it’s mostly the cool kids that have minimum wage jobs.
There have been actual cases of people dying because they used too much deodorant. Don’t do that. Take a shower.
Even if it’s only to find out that you hate traveling. You’ll gain perspectives that you never even knew existed.
Learn a bankable skill
Even if you already have a job, pick something else up. Blue collar skills can be very valuable and give you something to fall back on.
This should come with a disclaimer: know when to say no as well. Just be responsible. If you have important things to do, don’t go to that party or at least leave early. If you don’t have important things to do, force yourself to step out of your comfort zone and do something new.
Master your social skills
This will lead to better jobs, better relationships, and a more satisfying life in general.
Note: the only way to do this is to just do it and then learn from your mistakes.
Develop varied interests
This is actually one of the easiest ways to increase what we just mentioned – your social skills. Having a wide range of interests will allow you to interact with people more easily and find common ground.
Learn about nutrition
Yes, we know that a lot of nutritional information out there is pseudoscience, but there is some that isn’t. Learn how to take care of your body, and the quality of your life later on will thank you.
As with good nutrition, this is something that you will regret later if you don’t do it now. And this doesn’t mean to just exercise so that you can eat that cake. No. Exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
If you can do something in less than 5 minutes...do it now
Procrastination kills future possibilities.
You only get one set of teeth, and dentures are not fun at all.
Avoid amygdala hijacking
This is basically the term for when your emotional reaction beats out your rational reaction. This isn’t always bad, but quite often it is. Learning to control this is a major predictor of how successful you will be in life.