Ten things I wish I could tell my 16yo self about the real world. There are no participation awards.

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There are no participation awards.

If I could go back in time knowing what I know now and tell my 16 yo self the most important things I have learned about the real world, what would they be? What nuggets of wisdom or eye opening morsels of knowledge could I share with myself. To be honest if I could go back and give myself a real world wake up call I would.

I’ve been playing around with whether or not to post this series of articles because to the uninitiated it may appear that I have developed a cynical and bitter edge since beginning the blog so many years ago, but there are things that no amount of champion talk and positive thinking will change. Sometimes I wish I had just had somebody to tell me like it is.

So here they are, over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing with you ten things I wish I could tell my 16yo self about the real world starting with;

There are no participation awards. If you really want something then you are going to have to work fucking hard for it and even harder to keep it.

Hard work will beat talent where talent doesn’t work hard.

There have been plenty of times when I’ve sat at my desk saying to myself why is nothing happening for me. Well it’s not enough now to be talented, you need to work really hard and go out and push hard for what you want. The chance that success will drop in to your lap like a Kardashian sex tape is nill. Most of those people out there that you think got lucky actually had to get out of bed every morning. Luck is the result of making opportunity and you don’t get lucky just because you think you deserve it.

Work hard, believe in your abilities even when nobody else does. It’s not enough to just show up, you gotta stand up and be counted. You won’t regret it.