Time Travel Instruction Set

My good friend wrote this same post, which I enjoyed, so I decided to try my hand at a list. Below I’ve written a list of ten ideas for the ten year old me ten years ago.

  1. Learn whole-heartedly.
  2. Feel curious about everyone.
  3. Make fear Ur training partner.
  4. Power through embarrassment, shame, guilt.
  5. Cultivate gratitude.
  6. Find the opportunity in every moment.
  7. Cherish the time U have with Ur friends and Ur family.
  8. Remove addictions, build habits.
  9. Laugh at everything, especially Urself.

With more elaboration

  1. Learn whole-heartedly. Don’t ever learn something half-assedly. If U do, later U will realize when U need to know it, but not know it. This will cause regret. Just learn everything. Ur brain has the capacity. Trust me, U still remember so much stupid trivia about systems U don’t interact with anymore, such as Magic: the Gathering.
  2. Feel curious about everyone. U may think that shyness saves U time in human interactions, because U only interact with people U deem high quality, but really U just miss opportunities.
  3. Make fear Ur training partner. Follow it or hunt it. If U don’t choose situations where U feel afraid, U stay complacent and stagnant.
  4. Strike a balance.
  5. Power through embarrassment, shame, guilt, and other fourth circuit socio-sexual emotions. They can serve other people, but U don’t need them. Society uses these emotions as brakes on what would otherwise turn into an out of control acceleration of innovation. As an innovator U will shrug off these feelings and keep working.
  6. Cultivate gratitude. Appreciate all U have, thank everyone who helps U.
  7. Eradicate negativity from Ur mind. Find the opportunity in every moment. Sometimes U just have to shift perspectives to find it.
  8. Cherish the time U have with Ur friends and family. U don’t know how much of it U will get in the future.
  9. Remove addictions, build habits.
  10. Laugh at everything, especially Urself.