Advice for my 16 year old Self… Liam Horan, MD, Sli Nua Careers


What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

A: “I find it hard to conjure up advice for my 16 year-old self because that implies a certain amount of regret or “if I had my time all over again, I’d do it all/something big so differently” and that’s now how I feel about life. I would possibly tell myself to spend more time getting to know/understand myself: know your personality type, know your impulses, know what you like and what you don’t like. And, then, allow all of that to feed into key decisions you make in life – rather than corresponding to the perception others have of you. I took decisions in life that many considered a bit crazy but not only did they make sense to me, they corresponded to my personality type (but I was probably into my 30s before I was able to articulate it because I started to really understand my own personality type. I’m not sure if that makes sense – I was doing things because they made sense to me, but I didn’t really realise why they made sense to me.

For example – I like ‘the shiny apple’, new things: but I was well into my 30s before I could actually summarise a key part of my personality in a few words like that. Now that I know that about myself, I allow myself gravitate to the shiny apple.”


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