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As the year comes to an end, many of us sit down and reflect over the past 12 months. It’s time to create goals or set resolutions for the next chapter of our lives. This year is extra special because we’re also coming to the end of a decade. 

Ten years. A lot can happen in ten years – and it’s not all rainbows and butterflies either. In fact, looking back, I’ve realized how many mistakes I’ve made and how windy the road has been. Would I change anything if I could? Probably not. But it got me thinking If I knew then what I know now, where would I be today? 

So, I decided to reach out to the FRANK Team and ask that little question, “What do you wish you had known 10 years ago? Is there any advice you would give your younger self?” 

Here’s what the FRANK Team had to say: 

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“Don’t waste your time doing things you don’t like or studying things you’re not interested in. Never be patient, if you want something, go and get it! Not everyone is going to be nice, learn to deal with those negative people, and move on. Lastly, take care of yourself: get enough sleep, wear sunscreen, and go to the gym.”  – Charlie

“Don’t do something because you feel it’s what’s expected of you. Follow your own dreams, not someone else’s dreams for you.”  – Shaylee

“Follow your intuition. Remember that a setback isn’t a failure, and more often than not, it usually means something better coming. The biggest roadblock to success is standing in your own way by telling yourself you can’t do something. If you believe you can, and are willing to put in the work, you can make anything happen.” – Autumn

“Don’t settle! Go out there and take a risk. Do what you want to do rather than what you think you should be doing. Conventional wisdom may not serve you well all the time!” – Danish 

“Always be curious about the world, science, politics, finance, the economy, history, etc. Books are your best friends. Learn how to say NO, and DON’T be afraid to fail.” – Marco

“Keep questioning the ideas and assumptions you’re given in school, at home, and elsewhere. Constantly asking “why” and getting to the root of where ideas originate will help explain the world a little better.” – Alex 

“I thought I could take on the world and win. The reality is that even if you do everything right and excel at what you’re doing and achieve your goals that it can still fail, and that’s okay. To move on, take the good and the experience and build on top of it. The second thing is, stop micromanaging. Hire good people and let them do what they know how to do their way to achieve the goals.” – Olivier

“Enjoy yourself! High school and undergrad are unique periods in your life, make the most of them.” – Sammy

“Step out of your comfort zone. Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable – it means you’re growing!” – Charlotte 

“If you know your goal, don’t take your time to get there. Once you make it, you’ll always have new & bigger goals and important learnings you’d like to act on. Enjoying the path is important, but making things happen will set you up to enjoy what’s next. Every time in your life is right for something, but a moment that pass never comes back.” – David 

“Have patience – Enjoy your childhood (only 10 years old at the time) and take it one day at a time. Cherish those around you. Last but not least, enjoy the FREE life with no responsibilities.” – Doralis

This year, let’s skip the cliché eat healthier or save more money, resolutions. Although these are important things you should be doing, you don’t need January 1st as an excuse to do them.

Instead, I encourage you to look back on the past 10 years. What would you do differently? What do you wish you had known then?

Once you figure that out, set a new kind of goal. Think about where you want to be in the next 5-10 years. 

Hopefully, you can use this advice from the FRANK Team as a roadmap to help set your future up for success.

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