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What life advice would you give to a 17 year old?

Det här inlägget på Quora berättar väldigt bra vad jag försöker förmedla till mina elever och barn. Jag brukar i och för sig ha en tidshorisont på tre år och tala om hur bra man kan bli om man lägger ett par timmar om dagen. För den tiden anser jag att de har om de fokuserar. Och tre år är en tid som är lättare att greppa.

What life advice would you give to a 17 year old? by @ToddBrison

Answer by Todd Brison:

You are probably going to hate what I’m about to tell you.

If you are 17 right now, what if you decided you are going to follow an interest you have for the next 20 years?

Here’s what your life would look like at 37:

  • You would be a true master of your craft
  • You would be able to mentor people and grow your influence
  • You would be doing something you love every day

Before half your life is over, you will reach a place most don’t find in their lifetimes.

The advice I’m supposed to give is “have fun! Live life! You’re only young once!” That is true. Here is another thing that is true:

The sooner you start building the life you want, the easier it is to do so.

I don’t want you to do whatever you want for a while between the ages of 17–37.

I want you to be able to do whatever you want every single second from 37–107.


Last night I ate possibly the best cake I’ve ever had.

“Who MADE this?” I asked.

“Our daughter Lily,” said another couple at the table.

“Do you have business cards??” I asked Lily, joking.

“Yep, I sure do,” she said.

Turns out Lily has been making cakes and selling them to fund her half-marathon this summer. She is 12.

Money is not everything. But it certainly opens doors which would otherwise be closed.

There is not an age limit for earning an income. Start now.


Is 20 years too much a commitment? Okay do this instead:

> Find something you are sort of good at.

> Then do it every day for 30 days.

> Move to the next interest. Do that for 30 days.

Despite what career lore suggests, specialization is not the only way to success. You are more than one thing. People who can do anything they want from 37–106 are typically really good at more than one thing. They are irreplaceable.

A master in animation is called an “animator.” A master in animation AND storytelling is called “amazing.” A master of animation and storytelling and business is called “Pixar.”

Be Pixar.


By caring about what you do, you are already ahead of 75% of the people you will work with.

Here’s the funny thing about caring – it’s a domino.

Don’t know the answer? If you care, you will find it.

Make a mistake? If you care, you can fix it.

Don’t like how your team does business? If you care, you can change it.

Passion is derived from massive amount of action based on an interest. You typically don’t just wake up and have it.

Build a passion for something and keep it burning. The career/money/people to help you will come.

(See Also – Dear Young People Looking for a Career – Do This)


The people you surround yourself with build your habits, your mindset, and your values – directly or indirectly.

> Be around people smarter than you – they will make you smarter.

> Be around people richer than you – figure out how they did it.

> Be around people braver than you – courage is contagious.

> Be around people older than you – perspective is irreplaceable.

All of these have the underlying effect of humility. With a dose of humility and the right people, you can be unstoppable.


Try something for me.

Exhale for as long as you can, and then try to walk around before taking another breath.

Spoiler alert – you won’t be able to do it.

The 24/7 hustle thing is a myth. Even if you’re doing something you love every day 15 minutes a day for 20 years, the momentum and consistency you build from that will be enough for a great career.

Fun is dull without work. But work is abysmal without fun. Humans were made to balance both.


I don’t know if you noticed, but machines are kind of taking over the world.

Why buy a person when you can buy a robot? Robots can do everything cheaply, perfectly, and endlessly.

Here’s what people uniquely offer (for now):


There are three steps to infinite ideas:

1 – Find problems everywhere.

2 – Find solutions everywhere.

3 – Connect as many as possible.

You are a digital native. This means you have a completely different mindset when it comes to what can be done.

Show us what is possible.

Show us your world.

What life advice would you give to a 17 year old?

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Spelandet förändrar hjärnan

En stor andel ungdomar tillbringar mycket tid framför datorn och de snabba belöningarna förändrar hjärnan vilket leder till att konventionell analog undervisning fungerar dåligt. Det leder till många dropouts i skolan och stora problem för samhället och individen.

What are small changes you’ve made resulting in a big difference in your life?

Answer by A Quora admin:

I exchanged my smartphone for a feature phone with my Grandpa.

Until a year ago, I was like many, a smartphone fanatic, crazy about Android and apps; how life will be very easy. I owned a Samsung Galaxy Ace, and I was in my sophomore year in college.

During my vacations I was having a regular chat with grandpa whom I was trying to convince to buy a good phone (probably a smartphone) since his feature phone was a year old at that time. He on the other hand started thinking about it, and I left it there. A couple of days later, out of the blue, I thought about exchanging my smartphone (which was in good condition) for his feature phone (a Nokia). He did not have any objections apart from surprising look he gave me for my rather out-of-character-sort-of decision.

Before completing the official exchange with witnesses (my sister and parents), I checked his Nokia phone for any damage. Apart from minor scratches it was an absolute tank.

This is the phone.

The Nokia beast.

How has my life changed?

This phone is ideal for a person who wants quiet and peace in his/her life. A very good phone for checking the time and date.

I have stopped checking Facebook and Twitter notifications and the neck is more straight. I charge my phone once a week. Whenever I feel stressed or bored I play the built-in Sudoku game which frankly relaxes me great deal.

I started interacting with people directly rather than WhatsApp.

I listen to people when they talk instead of fiddling with my phone.

But it does not end here.

How has my Granpa’s life changed?

Being by himself for most part of the day he plays some of the games I installed for him, and he loves it. Plus he has started accessing the news and sometimes stays more updated than me. He merrily takes photos and videos of his other grandchildren (my cousins) who are still toddlers whenever he meets them.

Overall it’s win-win.

What are small changes you’ve made resulting in a big difference in your life?