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What were 5 things you wish you knew as a senior in high school?

I am just now a rising senior in high school. I have too many questions to ask and not many answers, but I realize now that I am at a golden opportunity (not many responsibilities) in my life to make big changes and preparations for a successful life in the future. How can we avid teenagers reasy to take on the future better prepare for life?

My love life has been less than exciting. Despite putting in an inordinate amount of effort, I have, only this year gotten my first kiss, an endeavor which ultimately ended the first inklet of a relationship I ever had.

I have taken many leadership roles for clubs and a nonprofit organization that is working on a penpal program between China and the US.

I enjoy investing and learning about the stock market.

I play tennis and rock climb.

I enjoy Photography and Videography.

I enjoy hanging out with my friends.

The point of this whole description really was to express the diversity of my interests-- and presumably the diversity of everyone's interests--and to express my dilemma. Where should I focus my attention to best prepare me for the future? What five things that you know now looking back would you tell me? What five things do you regret doing or not doing looking back? Which aspects of your life do you wish you had focused on?

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  • Jun 13 2013: What's wrong with having a mind and interesting activities. Okay, so the monkeys aren't impressed by nerds - Are you impressed by them? People have different personalities. Keirsey may not be a Promethian , but he was a Marine Fighter pilot in WWII and a psychology prof. Hopefully he is happy and semi-retired. He wrote a book which has been augmented You Don't Understand Me Sounds nerdy enough for any of us. It's about Myers-Briggs, and you can learn so much about yourself and who you want to be around.
    Secondly, and this is enough homework. Read some of the better NLP books. Start with Boothman and Michael Brooks. Each have several good books. That may be all you want to read, but if you want more success in communication and selling yourself there is so much more. I would be careful in choosing a trainer as you probably don't want to be a therapist. That's enough homework. Of course, you can always contact Merlin in Wales at Crown House. Okay, they have a facility in America. I haven't looked at the book yet, but they do have an emotional intelligence meets NLP book All their books are excellent.
    • Jun 14 2013: The only Keirsey book I can find is Please Understand Me.
      Thanks for the reading list!
      • Jun 14 2013: It is very dry but helpful. Two others Go to alibris.com and look for authors Nicholas
        Boothman and Michael Brooks. Also, look at www.nicholasboothman.com That's a start Crown House is available on the net too. as is Rintu Basu. Cheers.

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