What do you wish you knew at age 20? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Arthur Luke, Branding Expert | Author | Lifelong Entrepreneur, on Quora:

As I enter my 63rd year of life I wish I had realized the following (in no particular order):

  1. Never be afraid to start, but you must start today, now!
  2. Most things in life are a matter of perspective. The moment you change your perspective, you become a different person.
  3. Do something you love and are passionate about. Most (but not all of us) don't, which is why we hate Mondays, long for Fridays and, as the years go by, slowly commute our way to retirement or death whichever comes first.
  4. Always jump in at the deep end.
  5. Don't make someone a priority, when you are just an option to them.
  6. Read. Then read more and more and more...
  7. Stop watching the TV. Apparently the average person watches 9.1 years of TV and you can bet most of it will be repeats!
  8. Think hard about taking that 9 to 5 job unless it is a stepping stone to starting your own business. After all who wants to have to ask their boss if they can go to the toilet! "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
  9. Trust people until they give you a reason not to.
  10. Entrepreneurs are no different to anyone else. You don't set out to be an entrepreneur, it happens along the way. There is no special genetic ingredient and they don't have magic powers - they are just like you. The only difference is they don't just dream it, they do it.
  11. Say no. "Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough."
  12. Ask more questions.
  13. Don't chase the carrots.
  14. Visit Mom and Dad more often - this one is to my own children.
  15. Be patient. There's no advantage to rushing through life "All great achievements require time." - Maya Angelou
  16. People will try to discourage you. Don't let them. Believe in yourself and don't worry about what other people think.
  17. Don't compare yourself to others. Focus on your own game.
  18. Everything is figureoutable (if that's even a word).

Finally if you're reading this and you're much further down the road of life than you would like to be remember this wonderful quote:

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot

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Published on: Jun 8, 2018