Don’t you wish you could go back to 18 and know what you know today? 

I think we’d be experiencing less stress and living a happier life in some ways. It’s safe to assume we would have done some things differently. I feel like I either didn’t have much wise advice or most of the guidance I did receive never penetrated my brain. 

Maybe I was hardheaded or simply a late bloomer. I’m really not sure. But I do wish someone would have branded some things into my brain so I would experience less obstacles and pain along life’s journey.

What do you wish a wise someone would have told you at 18? If you could go back in time, what would you have told yourself?

Here are a few things I wish I would have heard and actually lived out:



5 Wise Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me at 18

1. Take the time to discover and pursue a career that resonates with the heart.

I went to college just because my friends were going to college and to play sports. I had no clue about majors and couldn't care less about my future career. The only reason I chose a major is because I eventually, my advisor made me.

The reason I chose the one I did is because it seemed to be the only class I got something out of. It was psychology, and at the time, I enjoyed it more because I was trying to figure myself out.

I wish I would have had someone sit down with me or had the inclination myself to take a period and research tons of careers and see what interested me. I would have tried to figure out what my passions were. Finding a career that I absolutely loved at an early age would have been a blessing.


2. Hard work equals success. 

Successful people don’t normally just have success thrown into their lap. 

Successful people have worked their butts off in order to achieve goals. Whether it is career, sports, raising a family, etc., hard work increases the chances of experiencing success. 

Too many people complain about failures and are jealous of those who have gained success. However, they are not willing to work hard. Many expect things to be handed to them on a silver platter or get them instantly. 

Success does not work that way. I wish that at age 18, I would have equated success with hard work the way I do now. 


3. Invest in learning how to budget and save money.

I not only wish someone would have told me more about budgeting, frugality, etc., I wish they would have hounded me and pounded it into my brain day after day, week after week, and year after year. 

I bought into the credit cards, personal loans, and buying things I didn’t need to impress people who could have cared less. Years later I awakened to the mess I got myself into and made changes.

However, at 18, if I would have been financially wise, my life would be so different today. Learning to budget and save money is a big deal and we ought to be telling the youth of today that every day. 

If you want to learn more about finances, check out our sister site on Daily Finances - where we talk all about financial literacy. 


4. Expect setbacks and challenges.

I think I was naïve as a young adult, thinking life would be glorious all the time.

However, the wise reality is that life is not a bed of roses.

If we can embrace these truths at a young age and decide ahead of time to remain positive, we can more easily keep the head up. You don’t have to let setbacks keep you down or cause you to quit. You can learn from mistakes and move on, digging deep down to get through obstacles and challenges. 


5. Be who you are.

At 18, most people are still trying to figure out who they are, and society is right there trying to conform them into some status quo consensus of what is considered “normal”.

I wish I had people in my life saying, “Be who you are and be proud of it.” Diversity is a wonderful thing and to think that everyone ought to be “this” and “that” is immature. 

Whether it’s the way one dresses, career choice, sexual orientation, etc., be who you are and smile. 

You are uniquely you and are precious indeed.



What Advice Would You Give the Youth Today?

I’m sure there are lots of other things I wish someone had told me at 18, but these five ring the loudest. 

Perhaps as a young adult, we just aren’t ready to hear and take to heart solid advice. The good news is it’s never too late to start learning and implementing sound advice.

We can learn lessons all along life’s journey, and share them with others. Life is a continual journey of learning and discovery and that is exciting. 

Here’s to the rest of our lives full of wisdom, passion, hard work, peace, and immense joy.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio