5 Things I Thought I Knew at 22 That Turned Out to Be Totally Wrong


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@annhandley 5 Things I Thought I Knew at 22 That Turned Out to Be TOTALLY WRONG


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I like to think I was thoughtful and professional, eager but measured, when I was 22.


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The truth is that I was impatient and usually felt inadequate.


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Uncomfortable. Skeptical. Clueless.


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Here are five things I thought I knew then that turned out to be totally wrong.


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1 At some point, you’ll be competent.


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1 . At somepe point, o be you’ll N competent.


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"To stand still is to fall behind." —Mark Twain


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In truth...


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In truth... The more you master, the more you realize you don’t know.


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The more you understand challenges, the more you challenge yourself to learn more.


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The more you hone your skills, the sharper still you want to make them.


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2 At some point, you’ll be rewarded for your hard work.


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2 . At somepe point, orewarded you’ll be N for your hard work.


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Recognition is like viral marketing: a happy accident, not a goal.


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In truth...


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In truth... Not only is it unlikely that anyone else will reward you, but the very notion of anticipating some kind of recognition is both folly and a little childish.


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The only validation that ultimately means anything is the satisfaction of knowing that you did the best you could on something that matters.


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3 At some point, you won’t have to work so hard.


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3 .you e At some point, pto work o won’tN have so hard.


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"You learn the value of hard work by working hard." —Margaret Mead


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In truth...


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In truth... If you aren’t working hard, you probably don’t care a whole lot about what you’re working on.


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You never stop giving it your all.


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4 At some point, you’ll realize your fate.


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4 . At somepe point, o your you’ll realize N fate.


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"Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen." —Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)


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"Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen." That's it. —Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl) That's the truth.


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5 At some point, you’ll always be right.


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5 . At somepe point, o be you’ll always N right.


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But guess what?


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But guess what? Being wrong —at least once in a while— is surprisingly awesome.


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