It doesn’t matter how old our kids are – be it 2, 5, 10, 18, 25 or 40 – being a parent is all about protecting them, giving them guidance and sharing advice you have learned over your lifetime. At first, it is stuff like “don’t eat playdoh” and “don’t swallow lego.” Then they go to school, and it gets a little bit more intense, stuff like “bullies are just bored, so ignore them” and “when they go low, we go high.” Then it gets to more technical stuff like “pay into your pension pot as early as you can” and “don’t underestimate the power of a good lawyer.”
As such, we have compiled a list of advice that we should all pass onto our children at some stages in their life. Whether they listen or not, who knows, but it is our parental duty to at least try.
- Do what you love doing. Life is incredibly short and so we should do our very best to fill our time with joy. Do a job you love. Find hobbies and keep doing them. If it inspires you then go for it. Be persistent with it and, who knows, maybe one day it will become your income.
- Relationships are not easy and love can seriously hurt. However, it is totally worth it. There is little worse than shutting yourself off and feeling nothing, even if it does mean you avoid a broken heart. Go for it. Leap into it. Give it your all. If it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out. There are 7 billion people on this planet. Your odds are good.
- Play the hand you were given instead of comparing it to everyone else’s. You aren’t those people; you are you, so it is a pointless exercise to complain about it. All you can do is the very best with what you’ve got, which will bring you a huge amount of satisfaction in the long run.
- If you can hire people to make your life a little easier then do. A good accountant could save you money, a good doctor could save your life, and a good lawyer could save your bacon. If you don’t know where to start, try Medler Law Firm LLC, they’re pretty on it.
- Be a people person. Through yourself into friendships. Be interested in other people. Take in interest in what they do, who they are, of their dreams and fears, and if they ever need you to help them out, go above and beyond. People helping people is one of the most incredible things anyone can do, and you will feel that in your belly.
- Be financially-savvy from the very moment you make your first dollar. If you get yourself a paper-round that pays ten bucks a week, then save two bucks. One of the most vicious things you can ever know in life is debt. So be money smart and know the small things can add up. Make a packed lunch, don’t go to Costa or Starbucks. Pay into a pension pot early on and listen to what your Deloitte advisor tells you.
- Life isn’t about how hard you can hit; it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; that’s how winning is done. Sylvester Stallone is a wise man.
- Don’t concern yourself with how others think of you. There are so many different perspectives. There is how others perceive you, how you think others perceive you, the reality versus the reception and a load more. The only one you should concern yourself with is how you see you. You should also try and be a better you today than you were yesterday. Oh, and you’ll be surprised at how little people think about you.