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  • 1. ACollectionofLessonsforLifeSTARTINGBLOCLA11EDITION 2013LessonsforLife

2. AlittlemorethantwoyearsagoweweresittingattheAnnenbergBeachHouseinSantaMonica,CA. 3. WedidntknoweachotherandwedidntknowwhattoexpectasStartingBloccandidates.Aswesoondiscovered,eachandeveryoneofourneighborshadaspecialstorytoshare.Everyonewasworkingtowardacauseorwantedtoimmersethemselvesinone.TherewasSwapnil,thePoopguy.Sam,theenergeticstudentfromNYU.Sydney,thesoftspokengalwithcurlyhair.Brittany,theinquisitivesoontobePeaceCorpsvolunteer.Andlastbutnotleast,Ankit,thefearlesswarrior.Ofcourse,therewereourfacilitators:Adriana,SarahandRithesh.MitchellWadeandHoustonSpencerspokeabouttheonlychangethatmattersistheonethatsleftbehindwhenweregone.ScottShermaninformedusabouttransformativeaction,theactofworkingwith(ratherthanagainst)theenemytomakechangehappen.Welaughedalot.Someofusevencried.Overall,wewereoverjoyedtobeapartofournewfoundcommunity.Idontknowifyourecall,butatthetime,IwasworkingonaprojectcalledLessonsforLifewhereIaskedfolkstosharethethreethingstheywishtheyknewwhentheywereyounger.Ihadtotakeabreakfromittosortoutsomepersonalthings,butnowitsbackandImback.WhenIrandomlycomeacrossoneofyourresponses,ittakesmebacktothosemidFebruarydaysbackin 4. 2011andIwonderhowyouredoing.AboutofusattheInstitutewrotesomethingdownandIthoughtitwouldbeagoodideatocompileeveryonesresponsesintoonedocument.Feelfreetodownloadthisanddowhateveryouwantwithit.Itsours.Imustwarnyouthoughthattheselessonsare2orsoyearsold.Bepreparedtobesurprisedandinspired.Whatarethethreethingsyouwishyouknewwhenyouwereyounger? 5. CarloDiy,26 1. Justpicksomething! 2. DontbeafraidtoASKforhelp. 3. YourrelationshipsandhealthareSOimportant! 6. AlbertoIrez,26 1. Bealwaysasboldasyoucanbe.2. Defendthepeoplethatcantdefendthemselvesnomatterwhat.3. Alwayssmile. 7. DanielWu,22 1. Buildcommunityformintimate,challenging,vulnerableBFFLs,storytelling,art. 2. Challengeselfandfocusonkeychallenges/passions. 3. Keeplearningcritically:socialjustice,innovation,sustainability. 8. JulianRhoads,25 1. Askquestions!Youdontneedtohavetheanswerallthetime. 2. Failuredoesnthurtasmuchasyouthink,ifatall. 3. Greatthingsfollowfromhavingfunandbeinghappy. 9. SomaiahManavattira,26 1. Ridingamotorbike. 2. Whatiseasyandwhatisnot. 3. Wisdom. 10. TommyPorter,27 1. Onlyasmallpercentageofindividualsactuallybecomeastronauts. 2. Youshouldreachforthestarsanyway. 3. Growingupandgettingresponsibilitiesisoverrated. 11. ScottSherman,43 1. Weshouldtrytofailasoftenaspossible,becausewelearnthebestlessonsfromourmistakes,failures,etc. 2. Therearemanyothergoodoptionsinlifebesideslawschool!(IwishIhadknownaboutsocialinnovation!) 3. Thebesteducationcomesfromoutsidetheclassroom.Youdontneeddegreestoliveasuccessful,happylife! 12. MeganMcAninch,221. Wewillneverrunoutoflove.2. Thewayyougreetpeoplechangestheirattitudes;peoplearewonderful.3. Yourmindwillchange.Thatsokay. 13. TaiwoAdeoye,25 1. Nothingisunachievable!Reachfortheridiculousdreams! 2. Itisokaytofailmorethanonce.Justdontstoptrying. 3. Imbeautifulinmyownway!Neverletanyonetellyouotherwise.ANYONE! 14. SharonTweksburyBloom,27 1. Itsoktofail.Makingmistakesisagreatandnecessarywaytolearnandgrow.2. Thereisgreatpotentialinsilliness.3. Givespecificthanksfrequently. 15. DebbieYu,26 1. Beopenminded.Alwaysbeopentolearningnewthings. 2. Takemorerisks!Relatesto#1. 3. Challengeyourself.Dontbeafraidtopushyourselfandyourlimitsbecauseyouwillfindthatyoucandothingsyouneverimagined. 16. BenBezark,251. Hardtimeshelpyougrow.2. Makefriends,hangontothem.3. Tryeverything,justonce. 17. MichaelHendrix,291. Theimportanceofnetworkingwithmanydiversepeople.2. Everythingyoudowhenyoureyoungaffectsyouwhenyoureolder.3. Persevereandneverquitatanythingyoustartfinishasbestasyoucan! 18. AnjanMK,261. Alittlemorewisdom.2. Humility.3. Tolovepeoplemore. 19. ShaheenMamawala,27 1. Youregoingtochangeyourmindalotoftimes,aboutalotofthingsthatstotallyfine(andinfactprobablybestbecausethenwhenyoufindtherightthing,youllknow). 2. Beinginmiddleschoolisprettyheinousalotofthetime.Trustme,itgetsbetter. 3. Unfortunately,alotofadultsforgetwhatitsliketobeakid.Takenoteofthatnowandrememberit,soyoumakesuretobreakthecycle! 20. AngelaZhang,261. Collegewontmagicallymakeyouhappy.2. Agreatjobmightnotmakeyoureallyhappybutabadjobwillreallymakeyoumiserable.3. Theeasiestwaytomakeyourselfunhappyistocompareyourselfwithotherpeople. 21. VarunKhaitan,23 1. Travelandexplore.Youreoldenough.2. Readalotttttt.3. Followonlyyourheart. 22. RitheshMenon,29 1. Itssomuchbettertocollaboratethancompete.Itwouldhaveprobablymademeamuchbetterstudentoflife. 2. ThattheworldisactuallybiggerandalotmorefascinatingthanIwillknowinmylife. 3. Thatitsalwaysagoodideatodreamevenbigger;sinceourdreamsgrowsmalleraswegrowolder. 23. SuAnneHuang,241. Learnaskillyoucanbringtothetable(professionaldegreeshelp,evenifyouchangeinterestandcareers manytimes).2. Enjoyandbeinspiredbynaturetothefullestofyourabilities.3. Establishandmaintainyournetworksvalueyourfamily,friends,colleagues 24. BrittanyBoroian,221. Dreamasbigaspossible.2. Theskyislimitless.3. Theonlythingthatholdsyoubackfromanythingisyourself. 25. TylerEmerson,301. Howtothinklong.Howtothinkabouthavinganenduringpositiveimpactonthefuture.2. Thatbeingcomfortableandexistingwiththefearoftheuncommonistheonlywaytogo.3. Thatyoucannevergowrongwell,almostneverexpressingyourloveforhumanityyourphilanthropy. 26. SydneyMalawer,24 1. Changeisbeautifulandshouldbeembraced.2. Languageisdynamicandonly30%dependentonwords.3. Sexisamanifestationoflove,andifitdoesntfeelthiswayyoushouldntbedoingit. 27. LiAnnIshizuka,221. Tonotworrysomuchaboutthefuture(Ihavetotellmyselfthisalotevennow!).2. Remembertovaluetherelationshipsyoualreadyhavesoyouneverlosethem.3. Thinkabouthowyouractionscanaffectothers(environmentally,socially,emotionally,politically,culturally). 28. RishuOberoi,26 1. Thattherewaslifebeyondbooks,gradesandcompetitions. 2. Thattherewassomuchtoseeandexperiencearoundtheworld. 3. Seeabove. 29. ClaireButterworth,361. ThatIwasalwaysthinnerthanIthoughtIwas.2. Thatbeingyourtrueselfisthemostattractivethingaboutyou.3. Toaskforhelpfromsmartpeopleevenwhenyoufeellikeanidiot.Theyprobablydontthinkyouareanidiot. 30. KwiriYang,23 1. Healthandahealthylifestyleareveryimportant.Knowinghowtotakecareofyourselfandprioritizingyourhealthcandeterminehowmuchmoreyoucanaccomplishinlife. 2. Familytime.Donttakefamilyandfamilytimeforgranted.Intheend,theoneswhowillstandbyyoursidewillbeyourfamilyandsiblings. 3. Alwaysthankandbeappreciativeofwhatisgiventoyou.Beforeyoustartcomplainingaboutwhatyoudonthave,seeandthinkaboutwhatothersdonthavethatyouhaveandbegrateful. 31. SarahBishop,25 1. Failingisokay,evengood.Somedayslifesucks.Embracethesuck. 2. Dontworkwithpeoplewhodontshareyourvalues.Peoplewhovaluethesamethingsyoudowillgivemoreeventhoughtheyhaveless. 3. Lifeistooshorttodothingsyoudontlike.Dothingsyoulove. 32. Youareallamazing.IamblownawaybywhatyouallaredoingandImgratefulthatFacebookisallowingmetofollowyourprogress.Imalsogratefulfortheoccasionaleventsthatbringafewofustogether.LetmeknowifyoureeverinLosAngelesIdlovetocatchup.Ourworldiscountingonus.Letskeeplaserfocusedonpursuingouruniquedreamsthatwillcreateabetterworldformorepeople.IftheresanythingIcandotohelp,[email protected]rly3.5yearsintothisdecade.Letsredefinewhatspossible.:O)SnowWhite Hey,wanttostayin touchwithme? http://lessonsforlife.me 33. Employyourtimeinimprovingyourselfbyothermenswritingsothatyoushallcomeeasilybywhatothershavelaboredhardfor.Socrates