Advice for Teenagers (10 Valuable Life Tips for Teens)

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Are you a teenager looking for advice to better yourself? Here are 10 valuable pieces of advice for teenagers to succeed in life!

Whether you need a little inspiration or genuinely want to know some important steps to building yourself up, these tips will give you everything you need.

You should note that this advice is from someone who was very recently in their teenage years and knows the modern struggles of being a teen.

Let’s dive in!

Take Care of Your Body

Because it takes care of you everyday!

Here are a few ways to take care of your body:

  • Exercise
  • Practice Proper Hygiene
  • Have a Skin Care Routine
  • Invest in Yourself
  • Stretch
  • Drink a Ton of Water

Just by implementing some of these simple practices, you’re already getting ahead of where you were the day before.

You might feel invincible as a teenager right now, but the human body naturally gets weaker over time. You’ll thank yourself later!

Don’t Care About What Others Think of You

This is definitely the best advice for teenagers who feel like they need to impress the world!

The truth is…

Nobody cares either, so why would you? Laugh when you embarrass yourself. Dress how you want to dress. Be honest about things you don’t like.

Not only does this help you become more of yourself, but you’ll also make friends with the right people.

Easier said than done, I get it. The point is that you should at least try to be yourself more and more everyday until you feel like nothing is in your way.

When you don’t need anyone else’s opinion, you’ll never feel judged or obligated to be different for other people.

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Get Uncomfortable

Getting yourself more and more comfortable with being uncomfortable is a big key to finding success and happiness.

If everything made us comfortable, we’d never move. We would never work hard or try to push boundaries.

Some of the best moments in your life will be when you seek discomfort and put yourself in a position to try new things.

A great way to start with this is by accepting opportunities that come your way and by actively seeking those opportunities.

Whether it’s related to work, making friends, trying new hobbies, or exercising, you’ll always have a way to get uncomfortable.

Make Good Friends, Not More Friends

Don’t get me wrong… building a network of friends at school is always going to be valuable whether they are the greatest people or not.

The main advice here is… spend more time trying to develop and grow those relationships that you think will be good for you.

You are who your friends are” –  you are likely going to be the sum of the people you are closest to.

For example, if your closest friends like to make bad decisions and slack off in school, there’s a high chance that you will too.

The same goes for the other way around, so surround yourself with a strong group of people who genuinely care about you.

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Try To Understand Both Sides

Nowadays, it’s very easy to be one-sided about things because we believe a small portion of an idea which makes us believe the whole thing.

Anytime you have a strong belief about something, actively seek to agree with something on the other side. This helped me grow immensely in my teen years.

When 2 of your friends are arguing, try to see where both are wrong and where both are right. 

Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and try to understand where people are coming from. This is seriously a superpower to have these days!

Having this skill will also teach you to be level-headed in your own arguments and avoid bringing too much emotion to the table.

Formulate Your Own Opinion on Things

To start off, this doesn’t mean you should randomly formulate your opinion on everything.

If anything, don’t make up your mind until you’ve actually educated yourself on a certain topic. Use the tips from #5 to make the right decisions.

Formulating your own opinion truly means that your opinion was not influenced by someone else (a friend, parent, teacher, etc.).

The best sentence you could ever use in a conversation is “I’m not educated enough on this topic to speak about it”.

That’s a powerful sentence that shows maturity and that you’re listening to the conversation with both ears open.

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Learn About Finance Early

My advice for teenagers – Money should be your friend throughout your life, not your enemy.

Sadly, the education system doesn’t do such a great job at teaching you about finance, so you have to learn it on your own.

Using resources like Youtube and Google are super easy ways to learn. about money in a very simple way.

Here are a few things to learn about finance:

  • Budgeting
  • Saving
  • Credit
  • Banking
  • Investing
  • Frugality

The better you are with money as a teenager, the better off you’re going to be in the future.

It takes no longer than 5 minutes per day to learn about a new topic related to money, but it will account for years of knowledge!

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Comparing yourself to others will only lead to disappointment and lack of confidence.

There will always be someone with more than you… more money, more friends, more style, more of anything.

Instead, compare yourself to who you were yesterday. This is how you can measure your proper growth.

Moving forwards and going up is the most important thing. If you’re not going up, then you’re not working on yourself and that means it’s time for a change.

Compare yourself only to yourself and you’ll feel so much better about where you are in life.

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Listen to Understand 

There’s a difference between listening to understand and listening to respond.

Someone who listens to respond doesn’t much care about what another person is saying to them. They are just tapping their feet ready to burst out with their own opinion.

Being someone who listens to understand knows that the person speaking to them might have some valuable advice that you can learn from.

Imagine if every conversation you’ve had up to this point could’ve made you 5% smarter if you just listened to understand instead of to respond.

Would you start doing it now? If you answered yes, you’re on the right track!

Always Ask Why

Always asking “why” is the ultimate advice for teenagers who want to educate themselves to their max potential in life.

It’s the key to understanding everything about the world.

Question the education system, your parents, teachers, friends, the government, history, science… EVERYTHING.

Keep in mind, these topics don’t have to be questioned in a negative way. Asking “why” to all of these topics is only to help you learn more about life and formulate your own opinions on things.

The more answers you get to the question “why”, the more knowledge you’ll accumulate over time.

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Conclusion

Hopefully these 10 valuable pieces of advice for teenagers have taught you something that you can take with you for the rest of your teen life and beyond!

I think all of this advice really comes down to being self aware. The more you know about yourself, the easier it will be to make decisions, friends, career choices, and more!

By the way, this entire blog is geared towards teenagers who want to be the best versions of themselves possible.

I highly recommend you stick around and read a few more articles and leave as a more successful teenager than you were 10 minutes ago 😁.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions leave them down below. Thanks for reading!

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