If you could go back 15 years, what would you do differently?

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I was watching 17 Again and I got to thinking, if an opportunity like that arose, going back in time 15 years but with all your knowledge from today, what would you guys do differently?

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Jul 20, 2018

Not wasted my time in long term relationships I knew long term I wasn't sure of and bone more bitches for longer.

Also have gotten into online entrepreneurship sooner so I could've had lots of money be working anywhere in the world and boning bitches all over the world.

Some of the best times of my life was when I did this for about 6 months.

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Jul 20, 2018

Invest in Amazon

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Jul 20, 2018

Any point being in a long term relationship when I'm 18? My girlfriend goes back on what I say a lot and she just does disrespectful shit and doesn't want to change.

Jul 20, 2018

Get out.

Dude don't ever believe that your best days are behind you, thus that you will never find somebody else better down the road. It's not worth it, she knows she probably can't do better.

Jul 20, 2018

No, none whatsoever (seriously).

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Jul 24, 2018
Wolfofgeorgestreet:

Any point being in a long term relationship when I'm 18? My girlfriend goes back on what I say a lot and she just does disrespectful shit and doesn't want to change.

Run away!

Jul 29, 2018

Fuck what everyone else says just tell her you want an open relationship

Aug 2, 2018

This may be too cynical of me, but honestly what is the point of being in a long term relationship as someone so young? Neither of you entirely knows what you want (presumably) and you're more likely than not shutting yourself away from potentially positive life experiences. If you have a counter argument feel free to give me one, that's just my take on it.

Jul 20, 2018

Maybe buy some cryptos and sell in December 2017...

But more realistically, if I could go back I would have taken high school more seriously.

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Jul 20, 2018

My high school was a joke haha, how would that have impacted your future?

Jul 20, 2018

If I would have paid a quarter of my attention to my studies (which was all on sports and girls), I would have gotten into a much better college and paved my road much smoother.. but it will forever and always be #StateSchoolBoiz till the death of me.

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Jul 20, 2018

Not take on a massive student debt load and get better grades. Probably a bit intertwined.

Jul 20, 2018

1) enjoyed college a bit more instead of working so hard (work smarter, not harder) 2) be less of an ass in college i.e. not so fratty

Jul 20, 2018

How was being in a frat?

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Jul 20, 2018
theaccountingmajor:

How was being in a frat?

it was fun, but eventually we were kicked off campus/the chapter was closed because we had a bit too much fun.

Jul 20, 2018

How many girls did you get in undergrad?

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Jul 20, 2018
theaccountingmajor:

How many girls did you get in undergrad?

you ask a lot of questions

Jul 20, 2018

Indeed, no need to answer though lmao

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Jul 20, 2018

Leave it to a guy named "theaccountingmajor" to ask about body count twice on the same thread lol

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Jul 20, 2018

Probably would've focused on not following stupid people and doing dumb teenaged shit. Just fun and inspiring teenaged shit, like bodybuild, eat good foods, actually save my hard earned dollars, take all the trips I could (even if it's in an old jeep overland), explore more (fishing, natural finds, camping), stay away from debilitating things like weed and alcohol, take academics very seriously, set more goals and achieve them, etc.

I feel like I had half of a great teenage experience. All of those things above I could've had, because I was working, was physically attractive but not outstanding, and was smart. But then I took it for granted and missed out on more opportunities. I probably stunted my own growth a little bit, messing around with stupid stuff. There's a lot to be said about living everyday fully and taking the little things in more.

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Aug 3, 2018

wow, these are really great points

I tried to do most of them (had a fun with good friends/colleagues, did some sport, saved my money not to spend on stupid things, left my country to start new journey, did some trips I can, only invested time on good relationships (friend, girlfriend, etc.), stood away from smoke/drug/alcohol, graduated from respectable school, always took my academic very seriously, achieved good results. Now after all these years, I still couldn't achieve my goal of getting good IB/PE job I wanted to, so when looking behind, I don't really know what I could change except few minor things, it is really damn when you can't identify where you did mistake or is it just a way it had to be?

Aug 3, 2018
torres657:

wow, these are really great points

I tried to do most of them (had a fun with good friends/colleagues, did some sport, saved my money not to spend on stupid things, left my country to start new journey, did some trips I can, only invested time on good relationships (friend, girlfriend, etc.), stood away from smoke/drug/alcohol, graduated from respectable school, always took my academic very seriously, achieved good results. Now after all these years, I still couldn't achieve my goal of getting good IB/PE job I wanted to, so when looking behind, I don't really know what I could change except few minor things, it is really damn when you can't identify where you did mistake or is it just a way it had to be?

Something as specific as banking is a narrow window with the sheer high numbers of applicants. I'm sure there are people who did the opposite of you and messed around similar to me a bit and still got to a top BB. I think "never too late" is just illogical, but in your 20s trying to get where you want to go might not be too late. It may not be the path that is easiest, but I would say keep pushing and change things going forward based on your own strengths or what's most comfortable for you.

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Jul 20, 2018

wow this hit home hard....you articulated what I've been thinking for years but had a tough time putting into a complete thought..

So torn between what my ideal high school experience wouldve looked like. I dont necessarily regret some of the dumb teenager shit me and my friends did because I think thats a part of the experience but I just wish I had more true inspiration during high school. Thats when you are probably in your most malleable form and its a very good time to find out who you are and what you're really passionate about since you still have a decent amount of free time but also are smart enough to make calculated decisions.

Saving my hard earned money would definitely be my biggest regret, i actually get sad sometimes thinking about the things i've wasted money on.

Jul 24, 2018

Taken UMBC money line

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Jul 29, 2018

Leicester City parlay for the Premier League.

5000:1 payout.

Jul 29, 2018

Nah. You take the line on the Howard/UNLV game. That pad out 450:1.

Or the Leicester City Parlay. But I'm partial to CFB... so there is that.

Jul 24, 2018

1) Start university at an age of 19-21 rather than at 27;
2) I should of went STEM in University - a commerce degree is equivalent to an arts degree;
3) Filter out the friends that have zero ambition and no vision; and
4) Traveled more.

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Jul 24, 2018

I woulda taken my college money and bought bitcoin in 2010 when i saw it for under $1 and retired before i graduated.

It was worth less then Venezuelan currency.

Then I woulda bought an online biz and been a secret baller in 3rd world countries until I was 30 then prob move back to the US.

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Jul 25, 2018
differentialequations12:

I woulda taken my college money and bought bitcoin in 2010 when i saw it for under $1 and retired before i graduated.

It was worth less then Venezuelan currency.

Then I woulda bought an online biz and been a secret baller in 3rd world countries until I was 30 then prob move back to the US.

Even better - borrow bolivares to purchase bitcoin. DOUBLE WHAMMY

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Jul 24, 2018

Nothing.

On the semi-realistic maybe could have done.... I would have dropped out of college and went to work as intern at fb sophomore year. That was when they went fro ivies only to top 20 schools.

On a why was I lazy and didn't do this. I heard about bitcoin in the very beginning and thought it was neat. Back when I could have downloaded a program and mined a coin for a few pennies. I read the overcoming bias blog where the likely sakamoto - hal Finney posted. Even looked at a link to mine back then but got lazy and didn't do it. Likely would have lost the coins or sold for $50. I'm still in the camp this is cool code but I do not see a use case today for digital coins.

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Jul 29, 2018

Nothing. No point in regretting what you did in life. Life is too short for that. Just live in the present and have a good time

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Jul 29, 2018

Pretty sure most users on this website weren't even born then

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Jul 29, 2018

On top of investing in BTC. I'd stop eating chicken and other hormone ridden products and exercise more frequently.

I'd also take more personal risks (women for example) and save more.

Jul 29, 2018

This would put me at 13 years old.

Outside of finance things. I'd take more chances with girls, ditch the bad foods, actually lift weights to maximize my genetics, and focus on school more.

On the financial side of things. I'd do what everyone else would do with the 15 years of knowledge. Forget it, I'll just pick a social media platform and become the founder of it. Then I'd hire the founder in this reality to some entry level position.

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Jul 30, 2018

Probably tell my 13 year old self to stop being so damn weird, listen to less Metallica, wear less black and focus more on baseball and pitching.

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Jul 30, 2018

Everything. Get better grades and SAT scores in Highschool. Go to a better college, or atleast get a better GPA. Then I wouldn't be in this situation now, where getting into a decent MBA will be a pain in the ass.

Aug 10, 2018

May I ask your college/major/GPA?

Aug 14, 2018

Sure. Sorry for taking so long to get back. I went to VMI. Civil Engineering and ended with a 2.9... some pretty bad grades along the way and lots of summer classes, although my last 3 semesters my avg was above a 3.0.

Jul 30, 2018

15 years ago... I'd be in high school still. It would have been too easy knowing what I know now:
- get better grades
- participate in a sport
- play fewer video games
- stop hanging out with dumbasses
- get into a much better college
- travel more while in college
- get whatever dream job I'd have dreamed of if I did all this

These topics are pointless in many ways, not least because you can't change the past. It's just an exercise in dwelling on your mistakes, which if you have done / are doing something about, are all pointless to keep thinking about. Focus on the future. The question you should ask is not what you'd do differently in the past, but what do you intend to do differently going forward?

I'm personally on a pre-30 game plan. I've dedicated this year (29) to doing all the little things I said I'd do in my life but never did. Getting totally shredded, quitting substance abuse in all forms, consistently meeting my budget and lifestyle goals, fixing my appearance, dating a whole lot more, positioning myself for the HF job I want, and generally putting myself in a position to execute on my long-term goals.

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Aug 1, 2018
Kassad:

15 years ago... I'd be in high school still. It would have been too easy knowing what I know now:
- get better grades
- participate in a sport
- play fewer video games
- stop hanging out with dumbasses
- get into a much better college
- travel more while in college
- get whatever dream job I'd have dreamed of if I did all this

These topics are pointless in many ways, not least because you can't change the past. It's just an exercise in dwelling on your mistakes, which if you have done / are doing something about, are all pointless to keep thinking about. Focus on the future. The question you should ask is not what you'd do differently in the past, but what do you intend to do differently going forward?

I'm personally on a pre-30 game plan. I've dedicated this year (29) to doing all the little things I said I'd do in my life but never did. Getting totally shredded, quitting substance abuse in all forms, consistently meeting my budget and lifestyle goals, fixing my appearance, dating a whole lot more, positioning myself for the HF job I want, and generally putting myself in a position to execute on my long-term goals.

I don't think it's pointless. In reality, you can't go back and change things you did or the wrong choices you made. But everyday is a new day. The most successful people say "no regrets" and "I wouldn't change a thing". Of course not. It all worked out great for you, and maybe you made the best decisions you could. But then some of those same people will commit bad acts like rape, assault, murder, overusing drugs, drinking and driving incidents, neglect of their children, or even just infidelity to someone they love. The people who do dumb shit at one point in their lives but go down the road and are in a better position, have reflected on the mistakes they made, and learned from them to do differently. You can't change the past except in the sense that tomorrow, today will be the past, and you have to live everyday as if you want to do more in a better way.

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Aug 2, 2018
iBankedUp:
Kassad:

... which if you have done / are doing something about, are all pointless to keep thinking about.

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Jul 31, 2018

1) Buy bitcoin
2) Start learning about fin-ants sooner
3) Buy more bitcoin
4) Have the capital today to start my own family office
5) Ferrari 488
6) Models and bottles

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Aug 2, 2018

Attend a target elementary school

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Aug 2, 2018

I'd have liked to find a better middle ground between work and play, still looking to find that sweet spot to this day.

Aug 2, 2018

Differently? Pretty much everything.

  • Not waste 3 semesters in pre-med to then realize you love investing
  • Bite the bullet and go to a target school despite hefty student loans to have access to better job opportunities
  • Find WSO sooner
  • Do internships every summer

I can think of a long list. But hindsight bias is 20/20 am I right?

Aug 3, 2018

Two large things

Never get married. Or at least not consider it until about my current age (40s). Nothing will change your mind, your outlook and your finances more than a divorce. Just plain awful and was a terrible time in life. I wouldn't marry until at least 40 and I would never be a females first husband. Let someone else break the "Disney princess" fantasy on their dime. I want to be the second or third husband when she's learned to behave a bit.

Think about joining the military. I was pretty ignorant about the military and things like officer versus enlisted when I graduated college. If someone had taken the time to explain that to me I would have very well considered it. Happiest man I ever met was a 20-year retired military. Still young, fat pension and tons of skills.

Overall I don't regret many choices, I'm very happy with where I'm at but the above two would have improved my life.

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Aug 3, 2018
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Aug 14, 2018