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Advice You Would Give to Your 12 Year-Old Self?

Cliff posted more than 11 years ago | from the hindsight-is-20/20-but-you-already-knew-that dept.

Education 1642

urbazewski asks: "If you could send a message back to your nerdy unpopular 12 year old self, what would you say? I've been asking this one for several years, and the replies sound suspiciously like the lame advice I got from adults at that age ('just be yourself, dear'). The most creative answer was from an American-born Buddhist monk, who didn't think his 12 year old self would listen to a message along the lines of 'Hey, what you're doing is kind of making things suck for me right now' --- he would send a message to himself by adding extra lyrics to a song he really liked when he was in junior high school. I got the best replies from a large class at UC Santa Cruz. The modal answer was 'Buy Microsoft.' About 7% of the class said 'Enjoy yourself in high school because college is really hard.' Another 7% said "Study harder in high school because college is really hard.' (The best variant on that theme: 'Try to figure out what "studying" is'). In the hindsight-is-20/20 dept. there was a girl who said 'Do not date the following people...' and then listed six names and a guy who said 'You know how you're thinking about trying to drive your dad's car? Don't!.' My personal favorite: 'You're a dork now, but don't worry, you'll be cool when you're in college.'"

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hrm.. (4, Funny)

kaoticus (138373) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354141)

Drugs are bad...mmmkay

fp! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354142)

pND 4 lyfe!

Re:fp! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354220)

jeah. wreckin shop in the two-three.

straight from tha shaolin...

First Post? (0, Funny)

RyansPrivates (634385) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354146)

Did I get the first post on /. ? If not, I would tell my 12 y/o self to get the first post.

Re:First Post? (2, Funny)

$$$$$exyGal (638164) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354302)

I wouldn't tell my 12 year-old self anything, because I wouldn't want anything to change. My 12 year-old self learned long ago that you don't need to get first post to be noticed. All you need to do is respond to first post to get noticed.

--sex [slashdot.org]

Dont bang that ugly chick with the clap! (2, Funny)

skitz0 (89196) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354149)

Oh god, the itching, the itching!

Re:Dont bang that ugly chick with the clap! (1, Redundant)

Dr_Auknix (540351) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354290)

The poop chute is the route.

Best advice I could give myself! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354150)

USE A CONDOM!!!

I would say... (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354156)

Stay away from computers. They ruin your social life.

I would say... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354158)

FIRST POST!

advice (5, Funny)

threedays (16600) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354159)

register slashdot.org

Hmmm (1)

seanmcelroy (207852) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354163)

I'd say "Don't go into IT! Be an engineer like Mom and Dad want!!" ;)

fp!! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354164)

first post!!

YOU SO FAIL IT! PREPARE FOR CHUNKS! (-1, Offtopic)

I VOMIT ON FAILURES! (652124) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354242)

How dare you claim First Post! You sick and utter failure! You make me want to puke! All over you!

Advice to 12 year old self (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354170)

"You know what, just forget it, you won't listen to anything i say anyway..."

Self.. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354171)

Don't post so much lame stuff on /.

Move (1)

Jobe_br (27348) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354176)

Brice, work hard to convince mom & dad to move out of the Midwest ... at least to the southwest, northwest, or abroad. That way, you'll have a chance of making GOOD money AND working on interesting projects for a long amount of time.

My advice to my 12-yr-old self? (5, Funny)

nanojath (265940) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354177)

Kill Yourself Now.


Yeah, that's right, kill yourself, you heard me.


I want to find out if a fundamental paradox really causes the universe to end! I mean, suicide is not my bag, but if I had the chance to take all of you with me...

My Message to 12-year old self: (5, Funny)

Anik315 (585913) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354178)

Train your left hand for next year.

Easy! (3, Funny)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354179)

Don't let Christy Wilson go :)

What you would say? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354180)

First one to reply :?
Learn : what is important in life.

Easy One (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354181)

That girl you're going to meet your second year of college? Marry her.

My Advice: Don't read slashdot! (-1, Troll)

Mdog (25508) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354182)

1. It's a waste of time
2. The editors are facist pigs
3. Getting first post is really hard

Advice! (2, Insightful)

Karl Cocknozzle (514413) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354183)

Two bits of advice:

1) Don't go to college until you're ready to study hard, because if you don't study hard at undergrad, other options are not as easily accessible to you in the future. (Graduate school, doctoral study, etc...)

2) Play sports. If you're any good, it'll get you laid, and no matter what will make you a well-rounded person who can fight like hell for something, but accept defeat if you must.

Eat... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354184)

more chickn

Advice for my 12 year old self (4, Funny)

Znonymous Coward (615009) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354185)

Never turn down a chance to get laid.

Oh, and buy Cisco stock in 1998 and sell it in Jan 2000.

Period.

Hi.. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354187)


"Self, in 4 years you're going to meet a really nice girl at a party. This time guy some fucking condoms!"

DOH Re:Hi.. (1)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354228)

s/guy/buy/g

Slashdot (3, Insightful)

gabeman-o (325552) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354188)

never visit slashdot.org... hardest addiction to break

My advice- (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354191)

Go to church, become a boy scout, and listen to Rush Limbaugh to counteract the left-wing brainwashing given by the public school system.

easy (4, Funny)

pizza_milkshake (580452) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354194)

don't waste your time reading slashdot; do something useful instead.

My favorite (2, Interesting)

arvindn (542080) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354195)

Mark Twain's quote [brainyquote.com] :
I've never let my school interfere with my education.

get laid (3, Funny)

chef_raekwon (411401) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354197)

don't pass up the best years of your life. get laid, over and over and over again. there will be time enough for slashdot/computers/programming when you're older and impotent.

err, wait, not that this has happened to me....

no advise (1)

VaXiNaToR (21643) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354199)

I would have no advise to give. I ended up exactly where I wanted to be when I started planning my life out at age 12. More nookie would have been nice, but girls only take up your time nad spend your money

Save! (5, Insightful)

sdo1 (213835) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354201)

Start saving. Now. Put 15-20% of every penny your earn in the bank (or IRA, or other investments). You'll be debt free and have enough to retire on by the time you're 45.

Sadly, I don't have a time machine, so I'm on the "work until I'm 65" route.

-S

advice to all 12 year olds (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354202)

if anybody even looks at you crosseyed, stick a knife in them right away, or word will get around that you're a patsy and it will take you a whole lifetime to live it down.

Advise to myself as a 12 year old... (5, Funny)

ThousandStars (556222) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354203)

You're dumb, but that shouldn't be too surprising since you're 12. When you get the chance to enter a running start program as a sophomore, do it. With high school comes stupid heartache, and an early exit will save you lots of heartache.

But, in order to accomplish that, you must ignore your evil best friend, Adam. He will bring you Warcraft II, which will consume an inordinate amount of your time and eventually lead you to Diablo and Starcraft. Which is like heroin to you.

In summary: Get away from high school and addictive Blizzard products.

Note to self (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354204)


Lose some weight fatty.

Watch your links (5, Funny)

flynt (248848) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354206)

Never, ever, ever click a goatse.cx link. That image will forever be burned on my retina...shudder....

Hmm (1)

erlee (91852) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354209)

I wonder how many of us would send a warning about catastrohpic events...and try and avoid them.. Or perhaps we would all give ourselves a few betting tips for maybe the superbowl?

Buy Stock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354210)

But get out in Y2K.

I'm Only Eleven... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354211)

... you insensitive clod!

sports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354212)

Play more sports. You won't learn anything in high school anyway, so you might as well not get picked on while you are there.

Easiest response ever (4, Insightful)

Wrexs0ul (515885) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354215)

"Just do it. You know the smart thing to do and say, don't hold back."

and: "Next Thursdays winning lotto numbers are:..."

-Matt

Follow your dreams early in life... (3, Insightful)

maddogsparky (202296) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354216)

Follow your dreams early in life...they are easier to achieve when you start earlier.

Nerdy? (1)

punchdrunk (257279) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354218)

What makes you think I was a nerdy ... oh, never mind.

Scattered advice (1)

Mikey-San (582838) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354221)

"Liquor before beer."

"No, you don't want to find out if the Pop-Rocks-and-Pepsi urban legend is rooted in reality or not."

"Skip the prequels."

"Mod trolls down."

-/-
Mikey-San

Two words (1)

aikido_kit (546590) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354222)

Buy Microsoft. ;-) You might as well mark this as flamebait!

The women. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354224)

I was just thinking the other day about how if I hadn't be so shy in HS, I would have been knee deep in the girls. I found out years later that many girls had crushes on me. It eventually occured to me that my low-self esteme was silly. But that wasn't until I was in my early twenties. I think sitting my 12 y.o. self down and explaining a thing or two on this subject would have completely changed my life...

this one's easy (2, Insightful)

liquidsin (398151) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354225)

Dear 12 year old me,

Someday your mom is gonna want to "get rid of some of your old junk" by which she means baseball cards, your first gen Transformers, and probably those really nice old school metal Tonka trucks. Do NOT let her!

Thanks,

your 24 year old self

Hmmmm... (1)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354226)

Let's see here, I'd tell myself to pay more attention to school and not be so lazy, so that in the future I wouldn't have to relearn everything when I start being interested in this stuff... buuuut... like the Monk said I wouldn't listen to THAT so... hmmmm...

I think "Stop being an ass, make people feel good when they talk to you" might have an effect on me, took me long enough to figure it out! :o)

-Don.

Hmmm (4, Funny)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354227)

Considering that I can't really remember much about being 12, even though I'm only 18 now, I'd probably tell myself to go do something interesting.

Oh, and I'd probably tell myself to go on that bike ride with katie, she might be a bit wierd but she's also damn hot, and that kind of thing doesn't happen as often as TV makes you think it will.

Parents (5, Funny)

citking (551907) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354229)

Dear Self: You know all those things that you're hiding from your parents (report cards, alcohol, drugs, women) so they won't find out? Well, they already know. Have a good day!

Get a life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354230)

I know I'd ignore me, but I'd tell myself to get a life and hope that I wouldnt ignore me like I know I would
Perhaps, since I know I'd ignore me, I would force myself to go to a club or something and meet other people who had their future selves telling them to go to clubs aswell

Hmmm - come to think of it, I'm supprised that the first post wasnt relating to the south park episode "My future self and I" - ah well, I'm sure there will be plenty more opertunities

How about.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354231)

All your age are belong to us.

College isn't *hard* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354232)

You're just an incompetent lazy fuck.

Talking to my Inner 12 year old (4, Insightful)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354235)

1. Get in shape - I started lifting weights too late in life and ended up hurting myself.

2. Invest in Intel, Microsoft, Apple and Cisco - 100 bucks in each company

3. Learn spanish

4. When you have that desire to drive 120 mph out on Highway 212 - don't, there might be a South Dakota Highway Patrolman there in the dark

5. Take more math classes

6. Take more automotive, welding and shop classes

7. Work to get out of high school in 3 years.

8. Girls come and go, don't get to wound up in a 17 year old chick

9. Don't buy a bunch of tapes or CDs now, Napster will come along someday

Easy enough... (2, Insightful)

aiken_d (127097) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354236)

"Skip the computers -- play some football or something. And start chasing the girls *now*."

-b

A little University Advice... (1)

jonfromspace (179394) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354237)

Beer then liquor, sicker, quicker.

Liquor then beer, never Fear.

It DOES make you go blind (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354238)

Sitting that close to the TV will cause you to go blind. Get to the back of the room and sit on the sofa or a comfy chair.

Wait, what did you think I meant?

My advice (1)

redtail1 (603986) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354239)

Ask her out.

One word: (1)

Dr.Enormous (651727) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354240)

Duck.

My advice would be (1)

Vicegrip (82853) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354241)

Buy Microsoft shares
And Intel
And Yahoo

And whatever you do, don't marry that girl ......

that girl (5, Funny)

milktoastman (572643) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354243)

Not to my 12 yr old self, but to my 17 yr old self I'd say: "you know that slutty girl who is trying to get on you but who you keep turning down because you think she might have something...well, she does in the future, but not now, so get it while the gettin's good!

In all honesty, that's what I'd say. Rather shallow, I know.

Re:that girl (1)

Library Spoff (582122) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354294)

...but still wear a rubber cause herpes is for life. And when you give it to that sweet girl you meet cause you don't know you've got it....

Simple (3, Insightful)

ScannerBoy (174488) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354244)

Hakunamatata....It doesn't matter, it's in the past.

I am who I am today because of the trials and tribulations of "growing up." To make any changes to that would result in a completly different person.

I needed to be a nerd in High School to learn self pride and relaince...I needed to get my heart broken once in college to learn my alcohol tolerances.. After that you pick up your pieces and move on to bigger and better things.

Run him over (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354245)

Go run over this dork named Bill. Don't ask, just do it.

Don't touch that wire (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354250)

It's had more affect on my life than I thought it would...

Take Candy from Strangers, not babies. (0)

pkcs11 (529230) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354251)

It will increase the odds of being "rescued" from you boring home life.

Of course, what you really want to do is... (1)

Big Mark (575945) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354256)

Give him last week's Lottery numbers.

Why stop there? Give him all of last month's as well!

-Mark

Advice.. (2, Insightful)

j_kenpo (571930) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354258)

1: Stay away from the girl up the street, she really is a tramp.

2: Smoke more pot... or is that less

3: Dont invest in Enron or Worldcom.

Seriously, nothing. I didnt make bad choices nor do I regret anything Ive done (except maybe item number 1). Without the life experiences Ive had, I wouldnt be where I am today, which is to say maybe not all that wealthy, but definitly happy. Now if I could give all my knowledge to my 12 year old self it would be a different story...

get onto the internet (1)

odyrithm (461343) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354260)

I lost out I feel on a good 6years of not being allowed net access due to pr0n fears my folks had. When I finaly did get it at age 17 I lernt at such a rapid pace I feel if I had pressured my folks more I could have got a better head start in the industry.

So I would tell myself to beg for the love of god for net access.

Advice (1)

Lord Sauron (551055) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354261)

Heres the list of winning Lotto numbers and here is the list of stocks you should buy...

Advice (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354262)

Learn to love yourself, and everyone around you. It will give you great power in your life.

The past is gone... (5, Insightful)

GreenJeepMan (398443) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354263)

You shouldn't worry about what you could have done differently in the past. If you could send yourself a message and actually change something, there would be a whole new branch of problem and mistakes that you would most likely want to change again, and again... and again.

If you don't like something about yourself, don't fret over it. Change it starting now.

I'd say... (2, Interesting)

pVoid (607584) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354265)

First off, I'd tell myself to appreciate how worry free life can be when you have no bills to pay. I would tell myself to take advantage of that.

Then I would say the people who were popular at high school weren't actually investing in a skill... And that it didn't matter if I sucked at something when I was 12, the fact that I would start that early would make me phenomenal by the time I was 18 (I distincly remember thinking I couldn't start playing guitar at 15 because I thought I was too old -- WHATEVER).

Apart from that, any advice I'd have to give would be useless (regarding work and girls) because I really think I needed to go through all of that shit for myself - in any case, my father already told me what I would say now.

Buy Yahoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354266)

NT

Advice to 12 year old self (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354267)

All that jerking off does in fact make you go blind!

Two part message (1)

march (215947) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354268)

1. I'd send back one tip for sports betting so I could get my 12 year old self to win a nice chunk of change.

2. Tell myself to go get laid and buy a car.

Logic? Well, with those two out of the way, I could concentrate on the rest of my life without any distractions.

Uh, nothing... (1)

iksowrak (208577) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354269)

I don't think I'd offer a younger me any advice. 1) I doubt I'd even listen to the older me and 2) The person that I am now is a result of all my previous experiences both good and bad. I'm happy with where I'm at and where I'm going so I don't think I'd want to change that.

Obvious: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354270)

INVEST in Micro$oft!

Relax a little (2, Insightful)

unfortunateson (527551) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354273)

Spend some of that money you're saving for college and do Spring Break right when you're a freshman or sophmore. You'll never get another chance.

Or go to Europe right out of school. Screw that idea of a job right away. They can wait a couple months.

Here's a newspaper (1)

netringer (319831) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354274)

Here's a newspaper from February 21, 2003. When all of these stocks are flying high in 1999-2000 SELL SHORT, SELL SHORT, SELL SHORT!!!

You should also bet to win on these horses on February 19th 2003.

I would tell myself a few things... (2, Funny)

MarvinMouse (323641) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354278)

1. Most importantly, you are not always right, contrary to how you feel about most things. Make sure you research things thoroughly before you start to tell other people what you believe is right. There are many arguments you'll win and lose that you'll look back at and smack yourself for being such a wiseass, especially since you were completely wrong.

2. Girls are not worth your time. They are fun while you have them but man you regret it when they are gone. Plus, after you have one, you're hooked.

3. Go to Victoria School of Visual and Performing Arts as soon as you can. You'll be very happy there.

4. Don't drop piano lessons. You'll regret it when all of your friends are cool pianists and you are just starting again.

5. Listen to your father, play cards more often with your father, go out and play sports more with your father. When you leave for university, you'll really miss the few good times you did have with him.

6. Save your money. Don't buy stuff on a whim, make sure you want it first. There are lots of stuff you'll think is cool to own, but later on you'll kick yourself for spending so much on it.

7. Star Trek is not as cool as you think it is.

8. Be nice to your sisters, especially Peggy. You may not approve of her ways, but you can learn a lot from her.

9. Get rid of your damn huge glasses, and get smaller ones or contacts.

10. Stop watching TV, if need be, just use the computer. Full House isn't that good of a series.

11. Exercise more, or do more physical activity. It's worth it.

12. Get involved in the community more. At Vic, get involved in the arts scene more. You'll miss it when you are gone.

That should be enough I think.

But most importantly.

13. Don't fight all the time. You are not right 100% of the time, and it's not worth the stress of the arguments and the loss of friendships when you fight.

That's about it. Plus, you know the usual. Invest in Microsoft, etc.

Do what the hell you want... (4, Interesting)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354279)


Because all adults will tell you is what they wished _they_ had done.

I'm a dork.... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354280)

...but as my girlfriend explained, the difference between highschool and college is:

In high school you make fun of the dorks, and in college you make friends with them.

Apparently somewhere after graduation they figure out that we can help them do well on tests/homework.

That's easy... (2, Interesting)

bmooney28 (537716) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354281)

Screw microsoft stock... I'd just tell my 12yr old self who won the major sporting events for the following few years... Money would compound exponentially... Oh.. possibly throw out the idea of patenting anything and everything related to "one click"...

Code, by Charles Petzold (1)

ClarkEvans (102211) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354282)

Code, by Charles Petzold [tatteredcover.com] is what I'd give my 12 year old self. At that time 1984, my dad gave me the C Programming Language [tatteredcover.com] , the Unix Programming Environmnet [tatteredcover.com] , and a new computer [oldskool.org] loaded with a copy of Microsoft's XENIX [computerhope.com] operating system.

My top 3 (0, Redundant)

Carnage4Life (106069) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354284)

  1. You're only young once, enjoy it while it lasts.
  2. Have fun in college, you'll never find a broader dating pool again in your life.
  3. Buy as much Qualcomm stock [yahoo.com] as you can in 1998 and sell in January 2000. Retire and live like a pimp.

Dont join the Military in 1990! (1)

Like2Byte (542992) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354285)

Geez, what was I thinking! While I was riding boats my friends set sail in ships to Silicon Valley.

I guess I'm programming now so I can't complain too much.

Do Your Schoolwork! (1)

Nintendork (411169) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354286)

Yeah, it sucks and it's boring. But society places a very high value on college and your mother can't afford to send you. You'll have to work your ass off to earn a scholarship. Affirmative Action is working against you, so you'll need to work that much harder to compete with the other white males!

-Lucas

So I says to myself, self... (5, Funny)

aborchers (471342) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354287)

Given that, at 12, I was entering that period of life where I would do pretty much exactly the opposite of what anyone advised:

1. Don't take algebra, there's no practical use for that stuff.

2. Do all the cocaine you can get your hands on. The eighties will be much more fun that way...

3. Rush out and get laid by the first girl who will do it.

That's a pretty good start...

Kill yourself (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354288)

then you can destroy the space-time continuum, or something like that.

Heh (5, Funny)

citking (551907) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354289)

Dear Self:

In the future, you are going to write to your nerdy, unpopular self.

In the meantime, think of something witty, cuz this sucks!

Later!

Don't get too hung up on Star Wars... (5, Funny)

markv242 (622209) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354292)

...because in about 10 years, you're going to be incredibly disappointed.

Message to my 12 year old self.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354295)

Either
Find a guy called bill gates, and let him borrow your pencils to bribe him to be your best friend

Or if I didnt want myself to sell my soul...
Register 100 accounts on icq, slashdot, and several others as soon as they are released - I saw an icq account go for $200 because it had a low UID!

My advice (2, Insightful)

SplendidIsolatn (468434) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354296)

Don't spend so much time worrying about and planning for the future--no matter how smart you think you are at 12, or 16, or 20, your plans never work out the way you expect them to--you can only control yourself--not the world around you.

Within reason, enjoy the present, make sensible decisions, and enjoy the time you have, since in the future, you'll look back and wish you had.

Dell. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5354298)

Twelve... that would have been about 1989...

I'd tell me to get all the money I could, and when Dell goes public, buy all I can. Tell me to sell around 1999...

Nothing really (1)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354299)

I can't say that I'd really tell my 12 year old self anything really...While I was in high school I maintained a nerd status but I also got involved in a lot of things like Band(percussion), Newspaper, and Theatre.

In my newspaper class I was the only one who knew anything about the macs in the calss so everybody started to really like me for the most part because I told them how to do stuff on the Macs.

I would have, if anything, told him that you can wait on girls, and that when you turn 17 you'll find the one that you'll eventually be married to for the rest of your life and love long after that =]

My advice would be: (2, Informative)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5354300)

Play the following lottery number in the powerball on the following date: (list would go here)

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