The Advice I’d Give To My 5 Year Old Self

Time flies. Before you know it, you’ve reached your 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. You’ll often wonder where the years went.

I know I do. I look back and wonder how I got to where I’m at today.

It seems like just yesterday that I was a 5 year old boy, having the time of his life.

What would you tell your 5 year old self?

When you’re 5 years old, there’s not much you have to worry about. Your mom and dad take care of food and shelter. There’s always someone to play ball or run around the neighborhood with.

You’ve got it all covered. Or so you think.

Looking back, there’s advice I’d give to my 5 year old self.

Be kinder: You never know the struggles people are going through. The mean boy who hit you may not have a dad at home.

Why I’ve Started To Read Fiction Again

When I began on my self-improvement journey I decided I would follow the advice of other leaders.

If they said to stop watching TV, I began to reduce my TV intake to the point of it being non-existent. I also heard that you should listen to motivational speakers and conference talks instead of music. Done and done. Read as much non-fiction as you can. Learn from the best. Out with the fiction books and in with non-fiction.

There’s nothing wrong with this. You need to be careful what you fuel your mind with.

But it can become an addiction.

Hunger Games and Catching Fire books

Following this advice was great. For awhile…

And then my desire for something different rose up. I wanted to read a grand story. One with adventure. One with action. One with suspense.

That’s when and why I decided to pick up The Hunger Games trilogy. That and it was dirt cheap.