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What We’re Reading: What advice would you give your younger self?

Scott Lamb
The Medium Blog
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3 min readJan 13, 2024


They say hindsight is 20/20. I’m sometimes a little skeptical — is human wisdom actually linear, or do we get wiser in some parts of life and less wise in others as we age?

There is certainly deep value in what we learn from experience, though, and there’s something enlightening in sharing what advice you’d give your younger self. We were all young once, and made mistakes — who can’t identify with that?

Google developer Alexey Inkin struck a nerve with his December story “Advice to my younger self and you after 20 years in programming.” While it’s aimed primarily at folks with a career in technology, it also touches on the importance of investing in yourself from a young age. (And, bonus points, it touches on the importance of writing!)

The Medium archive has some great explorations on the theme, like this “notes to myself” piece from French software engineer François Chollet (with lots of insights that are broadly applicable), or author Maris Kreizman’s “A Letter to My Younger Self on the Occasion of My Fortieth Birthday.”

I’m curious: Is there advice you’d give your younger self? Respond here and let us know, and we’ll compile for a story on Medium.

As always, thanks for reading.
Scott Lamb, VP of Content at Medium

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What stories have you read this week? Let us know in the responses!

What advice would you give your younger self? Get started on your draft here.



Scott Lamb
The Medium Blog

VP, Content @ Medium. I'm here to support people writing words on the internet. Priors: BuzzFeed, YouTube,