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Stooffi's Advice to 15 Year Olds


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I was asked to give a talk at my alma mater to the Secondary Three students. I think it's a little too early to give 15 year olds career advice so I thought I'd show them that it's possible to do things bigger than yourself by leveraging what they use every day - social media.
I also left them with ten tips in life that I thought would resonate best with them!

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Stooffi's Advice to 15 Year Olds

  1. 1. @stooffi Freelance  Writer,  Dancer,  Web  Analyst   Avid  fan  of  travelling,  cafes  and  cats.  
  2. 2. #stooffidoodles
  3. 3. #angelcat
  4. 4. #muffinkitty
  5. 5. When I was 15 •  Life  was  pre;y  structured   •  I  looked  a  lot  to  peers  to  evaluate  my  self  worth   •  Got  very  angry  with  my  family  all  the  Bme     •  Was  trying  very  hard  to  find  my  idenBty   •  Tried  too  hard  to  be  cool  (esp.  in  front  of  the  boys)   •  Was  spending  too  much  money  on  Neoprints   •  I  lost  someone  close  to  me  for  the  first  Bme   •  Our  lives  revolved  around  phones   •  I  sucked  at  Math,  Chemistry  and  Chinese   •  I  saw  no  value  in  O  Level  ExaminaBons  and  hated  it  
  6. 6. My journey into the Internet & Social Media
  7. 7. Side Projects
  8. 8. Dance for Japan 2011
  9. 9. Blessings Home cat adoption 2011
  10. 10. Diner en Blanc 2012
  11. 11. #maskupsg 2013
  12. 12. 2013
  13. 13. Advice for 15 year olds?
  14. 14. My 10 tips
  15. 15. Respect everyone and everything
  16. 16. Pick your battles
  17. 17. Find your passions (and people who share them)
  18. 18. Think beyond yourself.
  19. 19. Use the Internet wisely (The possibilities are endless)
  20. 20. Disconnect, once in a while
  21. 21. Start identifying the traits you don’t like in others, and strive to be different.
  22. 22. Listen more. Observe more. Learn more. Ask more questions.
  23. 23. Take calculated risks.
  24. 24. Enjoy this moment.
  25. 25. I  beg  you,  to  have  paBence  with  everything  unresolved  in  your   heart  and  to  try  to  love  the  quesBons  themselves  as  if  they  were   locked  rooms  or  books  wri;en  in  a  very  foreign  language.  Don’t   search  for  the  answers,  which  could  not  be  given  to  you  now,   because  you  would  not  be  able  to  live  them.  And  the  point  is  to   live  everything.  Live  the  ques+ons  now.  Perhaps  then,  someday   far  in  the  future,  you  will  gradually,  without  even  noBcing  it,  live   your  way  into  the  answer.   Letters to a young poet