13 Game-Changing Insights I Wish I Had When I Was Younger
Looking back, I’ve learned important lessons from both successes and mistakes. It’s the mistakes, however, that have taught me the most.
I often think about what advice I’d give my younger self if I had the chance. Yet, I realize that some of the lessons I just needed to go through myself to really understand. One thing I know for sure, her life would be radically different now had she known all these things earlier.
So hopefully, you will listen on her behalf.
1. Take opportunities you don’t feel qualified for - you are better than you think
This one has been proven to me again and again. Rooted in impostor syndrome, my perception of feeling qualified for things has been lower than other people’s. With time it got better.
One of the most obvious examples was when I applied to Google. I was a fresh grad living in Romania. I had no Olympiad medals or awards like many of my peers who got jobs at Google around the same time as me. I just good grades and internships. I strongly felt applying to Google was an overstretch. Well, guess what, it wasn’t.
Thankfully, I’ve been surrounded by very supportive people who encouraged me to push myself beyond what I thought I was ready for, and they were right!
So when you are faced with situations where you doubt yourself, remember: you are probably better than you think.