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What are 5 things you have learned that has completely changed your life?

I am still a kid, And I love asking questions, cause I believe that the best way to learn is through asking questions. And I love the TED community, its full of amazing individuals. So, What are 5 things you have learned that has completely changed your life?


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  • Jun 23 2012: My life would have been a lot easier if I had known these things earlier in life:
    1. Real estate agents, lawyers - basically anyone you do business with has their own interests at heart. Even a lawyer that is representing you wants to spend as little time as possible on your case even if it means you will suffer great consequences - it's all about the money. Same with real estate agents. They just want to close the deal quickly and if it means you will lose money, too bad for you. Many of them will try to sell you a house you cannot afford and don't care if you lose the house or have to eat pork and beans the rest of your life.

    2.Unfortunately there are parents that will deny anything bad they have done to you. Some people have egos that do not allow them to deviate from their definition of reality and that reality is of their making. There are even parents that claim they love you, but will not help you with homework or protect you from a person that is hurting you. Don't listen to words - look at actions.

    3.There are people out there who will be on your side. I hope you will find them.

    4.Save money. At least 10% of your income. If you are thinking about getting married discuss with your intended how they feel about finances. Live below your means.

    5. Try to live an honorable life. You will be one of the few. Our world needs such people.

    6. In most cases it is true that it is who you know rather than how much you know that has to do with you getting a job.

    7. If at all possible keep in touch with your family. They are your roots in life. Generally friends come and go, but family remains.
    • Jun 25 2012: Hi Sandra, I am sorry to hear of your mistreatment by professionals but wish you had used "some" or even "most".... .cause some of us have put our clients interests ahead of our own interests and been badly burned by our clients. It is a sad reality that we can not trust the 'world" in general.

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