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Today marks that first big age milestone. I have been on this Earth for eighteen years. Do you guys have any advice to give a yo

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  • TM
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    9. A man's worth is not measured in dollars. There are plenty of good people who don't have a pot to piss in. There are rich rotten SOBs. There are poor jerks, and rich princes. Don't make the mistake of judging people for good or for ill based on a bank account.

    10. Life is fragile and it can be random and unfair. In short time, you'll see the role that luck or fortune can have -- for good and for bad -- in your own life and in those of others. Wonderful people will strike out, catch a horrible disease, die in car accidents, wind up divorced or bankrupt or disabled through no fault of their own. You'll know lazy jerks with character flaws longer than this post succeed and thrive in life with wonderful spouses, jobs, financial success, health, etc. Life is not a movie, and fortune sometimes is unfair.

    11. Collect friends, and avoid enemies. You don't always have to be friends with people, but you would be well served to avoid enemies.

    12. Treat everyone as you wish you'd be treated. Be honest in business dealings, merciful to the poor and sick, forgiving of the wicked, and patient with your friends and family.

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  • TM
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    1. Do what others won't now, so you can do what others can't later. (study, save, challenge yourself, work hard, etc.)

    2. There's always free cheese in a mousetrap.

    3. Pay attention to details, but don't let the details come at the expense of the big picture.

    4. Many bad consequences begin with excessive alcohol.

    5. Take a few risks when you're young, but not dangerous ones. You don't want any regrets when you're older, but you want to live to be older.

    6. Most people are willing to sell their morals and ethical codes for a pretty cheap price. For heaven's sake, don't be one of them. You can always get a new job, new friend, new stuff...it's tough to get back your reputation.

    7. Reputation is the most important asset that most people have. Protect it accordingly.

    8. Go fishing with your dad, uncle, cousin, friend, or kids. Take photos when doing so.

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  • Jerry A.
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    I wouldn't recommend law enforcement either, but not because it's part of the problem. There are a lot of good things about a career in law enforcement, but it definitely changes your personality.

    Beyond that, many people have have given excellent advice. You'll do well if you follow the sensible suggestions.

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  • Jerry A.
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    I wouldn't recommend law enforcement either, but not because it's part of the problem. There are a lot of good things about a career in law enforcement, but it definitely changes your personality.

    Beyond that, many people have have given excellent advice. You'll do well if you follow the sensible suggestions.

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  • Greenhead
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    It sounds like you have your head on straight. Congrats, that is an accomplishment at your age. Just a word of warning, several of my friends are doctors and to the man (or woman) they say the hardest courses they took in all their years of school were the early chem, bio, and bio-chem courses. These are apparently used by the school to "weed out" those who shouldn't be in the program. Be prepared to really work your butt off in those.

    You also sound like school has been easy for you. I know the feeling. I'd just like to paraphrase something a professor said on the first day of an extremely difficult, very competitive, high level class:

    "I know you are all smart. I know you have great GPAs. I know you are used to being at the top of your class. If you weren't, you wouldn't be here today. I also know that most of you are expecting to the in the top 10% of this class, because that is what you are used to. You need to understand that everyone else in this room is just as smart as you, comes with similar credentials, works just as hard, and also expects to be in the top 10%. 90% of you will not be. If you want to excel here, it is going to take a whole hell of a lot more than you are used to."

    I suspect the field you are going into will be just as difficult. Come out of the gates with guns blazing, and best of luck!

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  • GERG
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    Easy, Dont go were you shouldnt go and dont do what you shouldnt do. Bout covers it!

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  • Pathfinder1
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    Hi...


    When I graduated High School at 17 I enlisted in the Navy. They sent me to school, and I learned something I could use on the outside.


    Today's Navy has good pay, can teach you skills, has good benefits, and can send you to college.


    In a few short years you may be leading other Sailors.


    Talk to a recruiter from the Navy...or any branch of the services for useful info.


    Learning a trade, skill or profession should be one of the first items on your agenda.


    And, since this is an outdoor column, try to find a mentor to hone your hunting-fishing-trapping skills.

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  • Proverbs
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    "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Proverbs 9:10

    "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." James 1:5-6.

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  • Matthew Matzek
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    Hey guys I really appreciate all of it. Maybe you'll all care to hear what I have goin for me already? As far as a trade, my father laid floor for years and made sure my brother and I knew how to do that. I am attending Mississippi State in the fall to major in Biochemistry with a concentration in pre-dental. I know I will go medical and hopefully dentistry. Honestly the school work is a non-issue. It will all get done and will be good. I have never had the urge to touch any drugs. That's just not my idea of a good time. I'm trying to become a better Christian and I know that is what will make me have a happy life. I'm in a committed relationship now with a wonderful girl and we are very realistic about the whole relationship. And we are careful. I contribute all that I know about life to my dad. He taught me... Well... Just everything. By example and by lessons. Thank you all again so much. Great advice. God bless all yall

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  • MattM37
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    Approach your fishing and hunting with the mindset of a conservationist, cook, naturalist, historian, philosopher, and carnivore rolled into one. When you're not catching fish or seeing game, and even when you are, notice all the other critters and plants around you. Learn how to cook if you don't know already; it's sinful to ruin wild meat and fish. Learn about those who came before you: Your own family members, Natives, explorers (and revel in how much you learn about fishing and hunting from those stories). You get the point, but I'm on a pulpit here and want to get down. Overall, be an outdoorsman and a woodsman, not just someone who owns a fishing pole and a gun. (The fact that you asked that question says you've got some solid stuff already)

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  • DEER30
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    Good luck to you as you embark on this great journey of life for the first time as an adult. Stick to your decisions but admit when your wrong, accept responsibility for your actions, love to the fullest, and enjoy yourself with no regrets.

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  • cb bob
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    There is some excellent advice in the answers above. So rather than say the same thing in a different way, I'll point out, that you probably already know the right thing to do, the answers above are just some reminders. All the best to you!

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  • santa
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    Just thank God for letting you live to see each new day. This life is so short and if or when you reach the age where you start to say "I wish I had did so and so" it is too late. You can not go back so do not try to live yesterday, just tomorrow. Each new day brings new challenges so just take them one at a time and make the best of them. All the education and planning in the world will not cover some of the challenges you may eventually face.

    Now for what my father told me to learn. He said, "75% of the people you meet will not know or understand if something is working properly", meaning they do not know if a sewing machine is working as it should, if a tree is growing at its proper rate, etc. Then he said, "Out of the 25% that understand that something is working properly, only 25% of them will understand how it works", meaning that they understand how a sewing machine works or how the tree grows. Then he said, "Out of that 25% which actually know how it works, only 25% of them will know WHY it works. So son, always ask the question why it works first and learn it because if you know why it works, you will automatically know if and how it works". I have tried to live by my fathers advice and always ask the question "why?" and it has served me well all my life.

    The question "why?" works on everything in life and back in my early days, the library became almost a second home. Now today anytime I have to ask the question "why" I can usually find it somewhere on the net.

    I wish you the best and may you be in the small percentage of the people that can always answer the question "why".

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Great suggestions except:

    Forget law enforcement - part of the problem not solution.

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  • country road
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    Save money.
    Do the next right thing.
    Don't fear failure.
    Save money.
    There are lots of [email protected] fine suggestions---wish I'd had 'em when I turned 18, but I knew entirely too much. The fact that you have the good sense to ask goes a long way.
    It's better to ask a stupid question than take a stupid action.

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