What 8 Successful People Wish They’d Known at 22

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Turning 22 marks the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of most people. Fresh-faced college graduates are setting out into the real world for the first time, leaving the relative safety of university life to begin their professional careers. Many of us look back and wish we could impart some advice on our younger selves to help avoid the inevitable pitfalls and perils that come with growing up.
LinkedIn recently asked its most successful users to share the advice they would give their 22 year old selves. Out of the over 60 responses, we’ve selected 8 pieces of advice from some of the most influential people in the business world.

Richard Branson – Founder Of The Virgin Group

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“If I were 22 today, I would embrace the opportunities technology has given us,” Branson says. “While I am in my sixties, I am incredibly excited about the transformative power of the Web and all sorts of new technology. From opportunities to tackle climate change to research to beat terrible diseases, as well as inventions to improve everyone’s lives, I am sure the coming years will be a period of tremendous innovation.”

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