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What I Wish I Knew At Age 23

Here's everything everyone wish they knew at the age of 23. If it's good advice, hit the upvote button. The number next to it indicates the age the author wrote it at. Feel like there's something missing? Add a new message!



Hey 23 year old, negotiate your salary, you are worth more than their lowball offers.
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Hey 23 year old, start putting even a small sum of money in funds, like index funds or ETFs, with a long term outlook. Add more money every now and then, possibly every time you get your salary. Keep all earnings there, learn the wonders of compound interest.
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Hey 23 year old, discipline will take you further than motivation ever will
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Hey 23 year old, Don’t invest yourself in the relationship you know not gonna last respect your time and heart
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Hey 23 year old, be thankful more often for everything you have, and for what others do for you.
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Hey 23 year old, Don’t pass up the opportunity to go abroad before you hit 25
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Hey 23 year old, Stop planning things. Things never go according to plan. Take every good opportunity that comes to you and go along with the flow. Everything will work out if you take it one step at a time.
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Hey 23 year old, It's never too late to put yourself out there. Get on those dating apps, meet people, and most importantly have fun.
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Hey 23 year old, nobody really knows what they're doing, we're all just sort of pretending
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Hey 23 year old, learn the technical skills but remember the soft skills such as true listening, collaborating with others and effective communication will take you farther away as a professional and in life.
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Hey 23 year old, Fight for your own success and don't focus on making other people succeed, they will use you and forgive you as soon as they succeed.
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Hey 23 year old, start reading and leaning about personal finance planning so you can start saving for your future. The sooner, the better and no school teaches you about it. Start with The Wealthy Barber from David Chilton.
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Hey 23 year old, Don't focus on following your passion. Instead find something you are really good at. You'll love excelling.
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Hey 23 year old, You have to advocate for yourself in your professional life, no one will do it for you. No matter how much your co-workers like you, the reality is that they're busy worrying about their own professional lives.
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Hey 23 year old, Don't assume and expect anything. Don't assume that a person who you consider a friend, will reciprocate same feelings with you. Don't be too nice. Set clear boundaries. Mental health is super important. Prioritise, read, gain skills, think big.
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Hey 23 year old, Your manager's promise that he'll handle all the phone calls and emails sounds great, but you should ask to take on some of it yourself. You absolutely need to know how to work with clients and partners, and you'd be better off learning now.
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Hey 23 year old, If you don't like your town, move now before you get too settled into a job and circle of friends. It will always be lingering as the unpleasant background in your everyday life.
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Hey 23 year old, Hey
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Hey 23 year old, Don’t worry if you feel like you’re floundering/not making progress on your career while your friends are. It’s a not a sprint and it’s not even a race. Your entire 20’s should be focused on exploration in all areas.
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Hey 23 year old, use dating apps to make friends and not to chase sex or relationships. The latter will come easily if you become good at making friends.
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Hey 23 year old, Never the underestimate the power of financial knowledge! Literally everyone can get their finances straight and save a lot of money for the future. Just invest some time and you will see what is possible.
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Hey 23 year old, It’s ok to not have everything figured out yet.
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Hey 23 year old, yes, you’re young, but very quickly you won’t be. Start planning some realistic goals and expectations for yourself. Start moving towards them now. Even if you change your mind, you’ll be miles ahead of others and can pivot your focus. Start now.
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Hey 23 year old, Start investing into your retirement now. Don’t wait until you’re 40 something. 20 years goes by quickly. If you start investing (smart) now, you’ll be in great financial shape for retirement.
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Hey 23 year old, 1. Don't sweat the small stuff. Everything works out just fine. Life doesn't Happen TO you, it happens FOR you. 2. Live life to the fullest. Live in the moment. Life is shorter than you think. 3. Travel. As much as you can
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Hey 23 year old, Done with undergrad? Cool! You got that out of the way early! But other people may not have the same priorities or financial stability you do. You can be proud of your accomplishments without feeling superior to others.
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Hey 23 year old, Wear sunscreen.
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Hey 23 year old, Choose books over digital screens and you will not need to google "how to look/sound smart" ever again.
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Hey 23 year old, Kindness is free, sprinkle that shit everywhere. Your life and career are long, it will pay off in the end.
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Hey 23 year old, Mistakes you're making now won't matter in a few years.
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