Make Your Future Self Happy: Guest Post by My Daughter Katie (14)


Note: The other day my wife and I were talking with our fourteen-year-old daughter Katie about how she stays ahead of schoolwork and sports, and Katie told us about a strategy she came up with. I thought you might find it useful, so I asked her to write it up. Over to you, Katie:


Five simple words: Make your future self happy.

Choices are simply inevitable. We can choose to do our homework the minute we get home, or we can procrastinate. We can learn that new violin song tonight, or we can wait until tomorrow. We can choose to take risks, or we can shy away from new experiences. We can struggle, push, and yank ourselves out of our comfort zones, or we can put forth half the effort. I admit, I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to most of these things. I actually consider myself a Professional Procrastinator. After all, I’m in ninth grade. I also know that making our future selves happy ALL THE TIME isn’t realistic. However, it’s something we can all strive to do.

We all have those days when we are simply not motivated. You know what I’m talking about: those lifeless hours when our most fervent desire is to lie down and sleep. On those days, I want you to ask yourself a simple question: “would this make my future self happy?” Often times, we give into our present selves. And, every now and then, that’s okay. But, in the long run, will eating four bowls of ice cream really make you happy? Will going on Facebook instead of learning that new violin song help you reach ultimate prosperity?

Imagine your future self as a little man or woman, waving at you from somewhere in the distance. Each day, try doing one or two things that will please the future you.

I don’t doubt that you’ve heard most of this before. Don’t procrastinate, do your best, blah, blah, blah. My aim was simply to condense a page’s worth of information into a manageable sentence that will hopefully stick in your brain: make your future self happy.

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16 Responses to “Make Your Future Self Happy: Guest Post by My Daughter Katie (14)”

  1. Carri says:

    Bravo Katie! Well Said.

  2. Bob Fisher says:

    That is excellent! My motto is: ‘Do the work today so I will be better tomorrow’. Once I do, then I go for the ice cream…

  3. I also like what Zig Ziglar used to say “The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now”

  4. Once upon a time we would strive for all the things we could do and then one day we understood that how we manage time our attention and create activity allows us to do more of the same excel in any area we so choose.
    I choose my field, at the time it was curiosity and interest for how I was thinking and behaving. I guess its love to some extent about the human nature and as I progressed I also found out that no matter how good we are, we can always be better.

    If we start out at a bad spot we might have a longer learning curve but thanks to talent code books we can stay ahead of the bell curve.
    Making our own path worth pursuing for the delight of our own indulgence and then sharing across the globe.

    Thank you katie

  5. Markus says:

    An easy reading with Ultra-High presentation skill.
    Vivid pictures floating on my mind. Message delivered very well.
    “Make your future self happy.
    Excellent, Katie, Thank you.

  6. Trevor says:

    Great stuff, Katie!

    “To be able to, at any moment, sacrifice what you are for what you will become.” Eric Thomas: The Hip Hop Preacher

  7. Wonderful. Thanks, Katie. You are wise beyond your years. Decades from now your future self will glow with pride as she reads this post.

  8. Alex says:

    Amazing! Will try to stick that into my brain now.

  9. I think Jerry Seinfeld calls this the duel between Night Guy and Morning Guy!

  10. Carie mcGauley says:

    Wow, Katie! Well said! Your future self will welcome you with open arms!

  11. doc says:

    When writing, I’ve always felt the message was more important than anything else. I’ve read so many blogs of nationally known well respected professionals who had a good message but their writing was full of misspelled words and glaring grammatical mistakes that, while not taking away from the message, did lend an air of unprofessionalism to their writing. Katie not only had a good message but it was well edited. Many of our bloggers out there should take notice. Great job Katie, I’m guessing you won’t be flipping burgers when you are 25 years old.

  12. David says:

    One thing I tell my teenage son is “don’t limit your choices”. You don’t know exactly how things will pan out in the future but your decisions today can limit your choices tomorrow.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Dan & Katie:
    What a nifty way to think! I will share this [“Make your future self happy.”] with my piano students this week. We already talk about “building myelin” thanks to your wonderful writing and blog!

  14. Ben says:

    Thanks for the wise counsel. Will share with my kids. Reminds me of a Robin Sharma quote something along the lines of: “The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.”

  15. Concetta says:

    Excellent way of describing, and pleasant paragraph to take information regarding my presentation subject matter, which
    i am going to deliver in college.

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