What advice would Berliners give to younger generations?

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What advice would Berliners give to younger generations?

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  • Work hard… Avoid taking random unqualified advice on Facebook.
  • Limit smartphone use to one hour a day. Read and write every single day.
  • Be kind to yourself, have faith in yourself, and don’t measure success by standards other people set.
  • Save a little every month no matter how big or small, and try not to dip into it.
  • Stay home, going outside can be fatal, unfortunately.
  • Don’t have children with just anyone.
  • Invest early, invest often.
  • Don’t ignore red flags out of politeness or thinking something will be a good opportunity if you just ignore your intuition.
  • Don’t get a foreign partner unless you have a geographical and logistic plan that works for both of you in best and worst-case scenarios, especially if there are kids involved.
  • Instead of saying “no time” say “it’s not my priority“.
  • Learn languages, treat people with respect, don’t take heroin, buy bitcoin.
  • Learn languages, travel more, talk to people, don’t use drugs and alcohol, don’t date DJs, love your family, always have a dog and a fringe.
  • Invest time and money in education. Save money every month. Don’t gamble ever. Stay away from drugs and alcohol.
  • Regrets are for losers.
  • Embrace capitalism earlier in life.
  • Seek medical advice from multiple doctors when something big is on the line or you feel that something isn’t quite right with what just one doctor has told you.
  • Make money. If there’s anything I wish I knew earlier is that money dictates how your life is gonna go whether you like it or not. People say money is not everything but in this world, we live in, MONEY IS EVERYTHING.
  • Never fall in love, or if you do, do not pursue it… You are not the only thing in the world, but you are the most important thing you have – connecting yourself to someone else is the worst decision you can ever make. Do not get, or get someone pregnant. Decline every offer of every kind in every facet of life that seems too good to be true. Find a friend that loves you in terrible times and in joyful times.
  • Learn to love yourself the way you are. Be brave enough, to see things that matter to you through, even when it’s hard. Act with integrity and an open heart. Shine your light brightly, always.
  • I should have gone more often to Berghain.
  • 1. Make mistakes. 2. Learn. 3. Adapt. Repeat.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day and for the love of God, floss!
  • Never lie.
  • Don’t plan too much and long-term and deal with new situations and challenges. Find positive aspects in every experience.
  • Don’t give a shit about what people think, say no to toxic relationships, study something related to plants or animals, start using anti-age creams early. You only live once, eat it/drink it!
  • Do not make compromises on your beliefs & principles with the fear of being left alone. If people or any society/community accepts you with the condition of “changing” yourself, stay alone till you find your tribe.
  • Don’t walk shitfaced, 15km home. You feel it the next morning with a terrible hangover.
  • Start investing as early as possible. Ideally in your early twenties.
  • Learn healthy communication. Be vulnerable, it’s a strength. Be clear about your boundaries. Work on yourself to grow into the person you want to date. Don’t settle too soon. If you love doesn’t expect anything in return, love itself is a reward. Money is not everything. Find purpose and follow your passion. Life in a way that you won’t have big regrets when you’re older. Trust your gut. People are flawed and so are you. We are all human. Embrace differences. Learn from others.
  • The sooner you stop running away and the sooner you deal with your shit, the better. Don’t be afraid of changes or be too ignorant and arrogant to believe that you’ll stay the same forever. Responsibility and commitment are amazing, don’t run away from them. The thing about responsibility is that you only have to be responsible for yourself. And only commit to what really matters for you. You’ll meet a lot of people in your life, keep the ones that are genuine kind close. Don’t be afraid to be yourselves and don’t try to be someone else when you don’t know who you are. “Stay far from timid, only make a move when your heart’s in it, and live the phrase sky’s the limit!”. Besides this all good, just don’t do too many drugs.
  • Not to invest in someone fully. People show you true colours over time.
  • Stay healthy, respect your body and mind. So work out, meditate stay chill and patient.
  • Don’t be a communist.
  • It’s a bit of a cliche but very true nonetheless – don’t ever chase a pussy. It’s the surest way to not get it.
  • What works for someone well doesn’t mean it will be always the same to me. Perfection is bullshit. Life is unfair just deal with it.
  • Your mental health is just important as your heart beating. And put yourself first, even if is family, even if you think is the love of your life. Forgive yourself, and start over even if the 100th time. Do it again, but change what you did last time. Everything takes time. So learn to let it go.
  • If I could go back in time I would tell myself to start saving and investing as early as possible and still kicking myself for deciding against buying an apartment in Berlin 10 years ago and just keep renting. Stop renting and buy something.
  • Don’t try to prove yourself to others. Do your very best, work hard and be proud of your effort. Make mistakes and learn from them. Own your story. It’s unique. I wish someone would have told me this!
  • Invest in yourself. Develop skills that you enjoy and others appreciate.
  • It might sound like a bloody cliché but life is really short. Don’t let toxic people waste your time. Seize the day and don’t let money interfere with people who matter to you.
  • You have only one body, take good care of it. Also, you never know when your health will stop you from doing stuff, do as much as you can when you can!
  • No matter what you do, you will regret doing it or not doing it. To live is to suffer and life is fatal. So it’s better to do whatever you want and accept the consequences.
  • Nutrients are important. It’s what our bodies are made of. Check each essential nutrient and if you get the right amount of it (not too little, not too much). Try to eat healthier and supplement if it doesn’t work. I could have avoided many health issues – physically and mentally.
  • Avoid ducks. They are evil.
  • Don’t allow your life to be held hostage by chasing the American Dream. By that, I mean buying stuff anything that requires banks, insurance and governments to get involved is more of a ball and chain, slows down or anchors you from making true progress in your life.
  • Empathy, respect, humility and discipline are essential needs to develop yourself as a person. Age as a number is an ilusión. Growing up it’s a blessing if you can appreciate the lessons and experience that life gives you. Don’t do to others what you dont want others to do to you… Don’t walk around on the crowded street looking on your damn phone.
  • Go to the dentist every 6 months to do professional cleaning, brush and floss after every meal. Cut out sugar. Take care of your body. Get enough sleep no matter what. Nothing – be it exams, job or promises to other people – takes precedence over your health. Don’t ever come out of your comfort zone if it means compromising your sleep, physical or emotional health. Get away from emotionally abusive parents as soon as possible. Do not be afraid to be a failure on your own. Invest in your biography and impressions. Travel when you can. Do not be hung up on one profession. Try and learn different skills. Learn how to invest. Get to know people from different fields and with experiences different from yours. For girls – do not take everything men say or text at face value. Men and women are different and have different priorities, needs and boundaries.
  • Drugs and parties take up a serious amount of time and money. Follow your heart. Challenge yourself. Don’t play emotional games with people. Make children with the person you love the most.
  • Don’t eat the yellow snow.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • When making a big life decision – do whatever has the lowest chance of regret. You always know which decision that is.
  • Be with people who give you energy, don’t be scared, be brave, just look at your own history and compare just to that and not to others, live healthily and don’t do too much alcohol and drugs but also try to feel alive and do the things that you’re good at -> don’t think too much about money if you know where you’re good at, the happiness and also the money will come by itself, feel alive from the things that you do, respect all the people and be kind, don’t take anything for granted, be a lot in nature, make a nice fire, be warm.
  • Only 5 things in life are completely irreversible: death/serious disability, HIV, kids, prison, heroin addiction. Anything else can be undone, don’t be afraid to try it.
  • Invest in a career (I work a few days a month and I’m delighted with my salary here!). It was hard work and very difficult for a long time but I wouldn’t change a thing now.
  • I should have never done my education in the USA and UK over Germany. I was worried about being a non-native speaker here, but that was just stupid.
  • Learn to budget!
  • Don’t move to Berlin!
  • It’s almost never about you. No one cares that much about you and what you do as much as you think (and that’s good).
  • When your affiliate partner offers to pay you $4000 in some fantasy drug-induced currency called Bitcoin, and you think the motherfucker is trying to con you, think again. Without knowing your weaknesses, you are only going to end up tired, disappointed and depressed. Also, nothing will ever take reality away. No God. No Drug. No Love. Deal with the reality of who you are and your situation, or it will deal with you.
  • Treat your body with love, care, and respect, is the only one you have to live your life. From time to time, learn new things. It can save you! Seriously. Travel a lot! Anywhere. Fall in love with yourself. Marry a man that loves you more than you love him. He is the right one. Don’t be a good girl.
  • Go vegan: it’s better for you and the planet. Remember the coronavirus started from cruelty towards animals. Live beneath your means: money isn’t for spending it’s for having ready for the big things you want to do in life. Take a cold shower everyday day: this will help you deal with life better, you’ll be calmer in all situations.
  • You’re not particularly special, but you also don’t need to follow the crowd. Be empathetic, but have boundaries. Consider not reproducing as a personal and political choice. Having one child pollutes more than driving, flying, and eating meat. But invest in your friends and families children. They are special, and don’t deserve the mess they’re going to have to deal with.
  • Buy your own place early.
  • Don’t date him…
  • Don’t smoke.
  • We are taught that our society is a meritocracy, but it is not: a lot depends on luck. Find what you love and don’t beat yourself up for not being successful, because it’s most probably not your fault.
  • Invest most of your energy in self-knowledge, travel a lot, eat well and take better care of your body and your health.
  • Step out of your comfort zone! Set priorities! Family comes first always. Take time to convey your love to people and don’t hesitate to reach out to ur friends and family often. Believe and trust in yourself to handle whatever shit this life might throw on you! Never regret!
  • Dont have children.
  • Follow your curiosity keep feeding it.
  • Patience is a virtue you must master.
  • Always follow your intuition! ALWAYS.
  • Travel, travel and more travel. I keep looking back at what I loved the most in my life and it’s travelling as travelling means living to me. I know that when I’m old and grey I won’t be thinking ‘Gee I wish I didn’t spend all that money in Iceland swimming between the tectonic plates and seeing the northern lights or skiing in New Zealand and France’. Save your money and use it to travel… unless of course, you hate that then I guess save for a house.
  • Invest in long term friendships. Also, don’t do hard drugs!
  • Choose the career you like, not the one that makes sense. If it doesn’t work out the way you want it to, you can always turn to the boring thing that makes sense, give it second place in your life though. Use the energy of youth for what you’re passionate about.
  • Get into politics as early as possible that way you can do whatever you like and be overpaid for it honesty is for civilians.
  • Learn to calculate taxes and basic finances at a young age. Don’t choose a field of work until you are sure that’s worth the investment. Time is more important than money. You can invest time to gain money but not the other way around. You can only pay to save some. Invest in your self-development, sleep well, eat well, exercise more. Do what you think you have to do, not what is correct for others. Don’t be ashamed to ask questions, you can’t find all the answers alone. Last thing: change what you can change, accept what you can’t change, and know where is the difference.
  • Be careful with toxic positivity in some of these comments.
  • When people describe life as us just being small helpless boats on the relentless raging tides. Cultivate in yourself a character that finds absolutely no relation to that statement. You are the tide.
  • Study languages, go to Uni, find great job and enjoy the money.
  • Shit happens.
  • Avoid spending 10 years in grad school before you get the Ph.D.
  • Don’t take advice from folks you wouldn’t trade place with!
  • Read, listen all of the advices and then do it ur own way!
  • Start working out as early as you can in life. Your body will thank you for it later on.
  • Never listen to any gaslighting when you are between 18 and 25 !!! You will not make everyone happy and you won’t! You have to make happy for yourself.

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