Reflection is a key step of anyone’s growth and is something you can revisit anytime throughout your life. We asked members of the LenovoPRO Community who are small and medium business owners and professionals, what advice they would give their younger selves. Here’s what they had to say:

Assia B.

Learn: You don’t have to know everything. It’s ok to learn, to ask questions and use google.

Connect with people: it is the most important investment you can make for your future.

Enjoy: These are your best years

Ray G.

Learn to live off of 80% of your income.  Invest 10% and save 10%, it will make life much easier in the future. 

Judith S.

If I could go back and give my younger self some advice, there are a few things I would tell her. First, I would tell her to be patient and not rush through her education. I would also ask her to take the time to learn about different subjects and explore her interests. Additionally, I would advise my younger self to start motorcycle riding and learning about bitcoin. These are two areas I am passionate about, which have brought me great satisfaction over the years. By taking the time to pursue these interests, I have been able to enrich my life in ways that I could never have imagined.

Aaron P.

Invest in Bitcoin when you first hear about it in 2010! It may seem like a lot for you as a student, but it will never be that cheap again.

But, seriously, along those lines I would probably tell myself to be open to trying new things more and taking risks that may not seem like they are initially worth it. That was/is a skill I'm having to learn, and while I still am a conservative risk taker (and probably would have been had I known otherwise), I might have stepped outside the box a bit more when younger.

Also, pay off those student loans a.s.a.p.! Losing that burden earlier than later can make a whole lot of difference.

Finally, apologize to people when you've wronged them, intentionally or not, and move on with life. Lots of energy spent on cultivating relationships - private and professional - that never panned out. Good learning experience, but would've been nice to know up front they weren't worth the effort.

Bonus: Mom was always right. You'll realize it at some point anyway, but know now that she was.

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  • Focus on your career and learn about money, stocks and investments. Do more fun things! and say more yes

  • Ask for help. Do your best. Stay active. Eat healthy foods. You don’t have to be right. 

  • You have plenty of time to figure things out.

  • Stop following your friends.

  • So many things - but I would tell myself it'll all work out!