Life is an experience and the greatest teacher ever. However, sometimes with particular bits of information, we might have made different choices in life. For example, I was quiet and shy when I was in high school because I feared having conversations with people I didn’t know all that well and worried what people thought of me. In college I over compensated and was a jerk. I would get into verbal battles (and some not so verbal) in an attempt to tear people down to make myself feel better. This on some levels continued up until a few years ago. (Maister can agree and sometimes the old me would come out and I was not a nice person...) But neither extreme made me happy and I was in and out of relationships without finding a stable situation. So I immerged myself into information that would make a better person because I had finally realized that the only person that I could change was me.
Looking back on things, I think my life would have been much more fun if I had taken the principles that I know live by and had them when I was in both high school and college. I know that I would have made many different decisions. Now that I am a dad of two little boys, (one that has the same Choleric / Melancholy personality as I have), I want to make sure that they at least have the same information that I wish I would have had when I was their age.
What information do you wish you would have had when you were younger? Do you or did you work with a mentor that helped you learn many of life’s lessons early on? What are you doing to help younger generations learn from your mistakes?