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Morgan Bakies

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If you could give your twenty-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Why?

Hello! I'm an undergraduate student who was truly inspired by Meg Jay's talk, "Why 30 is not the new 20" so I wanted to see what the TED community has to say. I turned twenty in March and I want to make the most of my next decade of life. How did you spend your twenties? Was this the defining of your life? Currently, I see endless opportunities, but I'm scared for the day they will disappear.

So if you're above twenty, what advice do you have for your past self? If you are twenty-something, what do you tell yourself everyday to be the best you can be? And if you're under twenty, what's one thing that you hope your twenty-year-old self will remember about adolescence? Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing what you have to say!


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  • May 27 2013: Be confident. Act on your ideas, not on your fears. If you can't escape from your fears, get help.
    Trust your instincts. Don't stay in jobs and relationships you don't like - you don't have to. Make ten year, five year, one year, six month, one month, one week and one day plans, but have fun - life is short. Take your dreams seriously.
    All this I would tell my 20 year old self, because that is what she needed to hear, but you might need to hear something else. That's the thing!

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