If I could go back in time, it would be to tell my younger self to work harder in school, blame others less and take on more responsibility. That nothing can be achieved without effort, and if you’re not making effort then success in whatever I want to make out in life won’t come unless I’m prepared to work. Develop a growth mindset, and be flexible about overcoming problems.
In my 30s I found this work ethic, but perhaps too late to make as much of an impact as I would have liked. nevertheless, better to have found it later in life, than not at all. It helped push me to travel, work in foreign places, learn new languages and push me out of my comfort zone. For that I am satisfied, that this has made all the difference.
And now, when I’m running or cycling, on days perhaps when the weather isn’t good or as warm as we’d like it to be, I go out anyway. I’ve learnt how great the feeling is when you achieve or reach your goals or get to where you planned to get to, and that you’ve not let anything get in your way. That this feeling is what makes us ‘tick’ and it’s what makes it worthwhile.