what would you do different?...

  1. what would you do different if you were able to change some of the things you did when you were younger, to better the career you have now, knowing what you know now. what would you have done?
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would have BELIEVED IN MYSELF, my capabilities, my intelligence and my strength to do whatever my HEART told me to do LONG before I came to realize this...not letting "naysayers" tell me I could not do it.


    I would NOT take my eyes off the prize, the goal, the brass ring.

    And I would live like there was really no tomorrow, but enjoying today. I would spend more time with friends, worrying less about what negative people think or say.

    I would trust my instincts, cause often that "gut" feeling is so right yet defies logic.

    I would laugh more, whine less. Smile more, frown less. I would read more, listen more, talk less.

    Funny as we get older, we all begin to see these things. Some of us sooner than others. I was a late-bloomer myself. But I digress......
  4. by   fedupnurse
    As much as I love Nursing, I would have probably opted for a job that had health insurance and better bene's for retiree's. Amazing how your priorities start to change when 40 start creeping up on you. I probably would have gotten into school nursing at a young age so I could retire with a full pension after 25 years. Not an option for a lowly staff nurse where I work.
  5. by   ceecel.dee
    I would have laughed at myself more...

    I would have worked a little less...

    I would have talked less....you learn more listening...

    I would have wasted less time commuting...

    ....maybe I should drink more.....a nice Shiraz, so I can relax more!
  6. by   live4today
    originally posted by rnbrat
    what would you do different if you were able to change some of the things you did when you were younger, to better the career you have now, knowing what you know now. what would you have done?
    first let me commend you on beginning a great topic of discussion here, rnbrat! quite wise for one so young...btw...welcome to allnurses! :kiss

    in addition to what everyone else has already mentioned before me, i would add that i would have requested different parents before coming to earth because the ones i had did not in any way encourage me to further anything positive in my life. i find it absolutely amazing that i had the common sense to pursue an education in the first place. having said that, i would have gone on to medical school in spite of my father having forbidden me to do so. i am sooooo much wiser today than yesteryear, and knowing what i know today, i might have chosen to beg god not to send me to earth at all......but........being that i'm here......i will suffice it to say that i am at peace with myself for being of sane mind...well...at times anyway :chuckle...which enables me to give of myself so unselfishly to others. if i can help somebody during the course of my life, all the yesteryears that were full of pain for me will have been worth my being born.


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    oh the web we weave! :chuckle
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 16, '02
  7. by   Dr. Kate
    Become a pharmacist and be getting ready to retire off the big bucks they were paying in the 70s and 80s (relative to the cost of living then.)
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    I would have overcome my fear of calculus. I knew when I could figure out dosages and drug formulas in order to graduate nursing school, I had it in me to pass other math classes. My own fear held me back from being a Equine Veterinarian.
  9. by   LasVegasRN
    Then again, I also wanted to be the female Howard Stern, but didn't think I could make much of a living doing that! :chuckle
  10. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    Then again, I also wanted to be the female Howard Stern, but didn't think I could make much of a living doing that! :chuckle
    Las Vegas, you have the wit; it's the "look" you're missing (thank your lucky stars!)
  11. by   micro
    LasVegas RN.......
    You could do it.........Robin Stern Quivers.........lasvegasrn style.........
    you could really you could...........


    tp the original ???
    and asked by a 13 yr old going on more wisdom that I had at that age...........
    to the what if's and could have's..........
    there are a few......a a few again .........
    but really all you can do is live what is right in front of you.......

    computers.....where I was told to direct my study...could never do.....

    I have always been drawn towards people in need,
    children initally.....then my first vocational love..............
    working with people with varying degrees of mental retardation.........
    and now nursing.........
    still don't know what I want to do when I grow up rnbrat.......
    and I am 41............
    the enjoyment is in the journey.......

    but if you can glimmer any wisdom in those people older than you..........
    just know believe in yourself first and always..........
    never let anyone and I mean anyone take advantage of you.........
    believe even higher than your dreams will take you...............
    somedays micro is 90 and somedays micro is twelve.............

    rnbrat.........
    the brat part I recognize in myself.........


    keep on keepin on...........

    micro and out.........
    Last edit by micro on Jul 17, '02
  12. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by Sleepyeyes


    Las Vegas, you have the wit; it's the "look" you're missing (thank your lucky stars!)
    :chuckle
  13. by   santhony44
    There were a couple of places I worked that were pretty "toxic," and working there made me miserable. I would leave them much more quickly than I did!
  14. by   RNbrat
    originally posted by santhony44
    there were a couple of places i worked that were pretty "toxic," and working there made me miserable. i would leave them much more quickly than i did!
    yeah if i was you, i would of done the same thing too!

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