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Thread: Mentor Minute…If You Had Just 5 Minutes What Would You Tell Me?

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    Do what you like
    Be yourself
    Work hard
    Work hard on yourself
    Ignore people
    Trust yourself
    Build skills

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    A lot of good advice, and some stuff that may not work universally has been given I wont feel so bad if my advice falls flat.

    For some people, "Be yourself", or "Be natural" falls flat because it is our nature to think about things, and to try to take an optimal action. Sometimes, there isn't sufficient time for that, but there often is. So for people like me, I say:

    For important decisions:
    1) Have a decision ready. You can keep thinking, and feeling tings out, but have a decision ready, in case you are forced to move. When thinking, always do it in the context of how that would change your decision.
    2) Know when you need to take action. This is usually a gut-level feeling. But be on the lookout for people who try to force decisions from you earlier than you'd like.
    3) Try to think of the consequences of your actions on several times scales...immediate, short term, medium turn. long term, and forever terms.
    4) Try to take into account the needs of all the people affected by the course of action you choose. However, ultimately, your decision is yours, and it is OK to be a little selfish.

    For spontaneity, of course, the above advice falls flat. I may not be the best person to give advice for this but:
    1) Be playful. Amuse yourself, entertain yourself, make sure you are engaged.
    2) Share your playfulness with others.

    Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future.
    Robot Fusion
    "As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." John Wheeler
    "[A] scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy." Richard Feynman
    "[P]etabytes of [] data is not the same thing as understanding emergent mechanisms and structures." Jim Crutchfield

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    This above all else, be true to yourself. College is not for everyone.

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    Lead by example, not through tyranny.

    Be curious and openminded. Knowledge and tolerance leads to understanding, which can save you a lot of head aches and get you out of a lot of sticky situations.

    Say this mantra daily:

    Errare humanum est.

    (Making mistakes makes you human).

    As does getting back up and trying again btw...humans are a resilient breed

    Oh and one that I still have to learn again daily:

    To succeed, you only need to keep trying and learning. Only when you decide to quit, did you actually fail.

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    if you can't forgive yourself for doing it, don't do it... regrets are hard to live with

    never become a slave to any substance, person or idea... slavery is a hard state to break out of

    look for the funny in everything... laughter will keep you sane when nothing else can

    reach out to people- when you were in thier place you would have appreciated it

    realize that if you can forgive others you might just deserve to forgive yourself- they are human just like you are

    Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom? -Terry Pratchett

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    Make me a sandwich.
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    In this society, life can be broken down into two segments:
    -Professional - ambitions, career, goals, money, house, car, network, security
    -Personal - hobbies, wife, kids, parents, friends, parties, picnics

    What you NEED to do is decide for yourself which one is more important. Of course there will be times when one will take more up than the other but your have to define the line which separates you time between the two.

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    If someone offers you the choice between the blue pill and the red pill don't take either... they're both the same and they both knock you unconscious.

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    Don't be lazy.
    Don't waste time.
    Have reasons and pursue knowledge - don't drive blindly.
    Have a life plan and goals.
    Know yourself.
    Work on your relationships.
    Try at everything you do.
    Be careful who your friends are - you might end up just like them.
    Try not to be persuaded too much by others - make sure you have good reasons to do and choose what you do.
    Constantly test yourself.
    ISTP 6w5 sx/sp
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