What Would You Tell Your 18-Year-Old Self?


The Watercooler Hangout Podcast

Season 03 Episode #06

What Would You Tell Your 18-Year-Old Self?

Welcome to the Watercooler Hangout podcast, where I chat with influential and successful sales and marketing gurus, entrepreneurs, and creative people just like you as we share real-life stories about sales, marketing, leadership, and creativity. Listen in and learn the best advice on how to move your business to the next level!

A Bit About Bob

On September 28th, 1967, I turned 18 years old and had graduated from high school a few months before my birthday. At the time, I was working as a full-time reporter and photographer for our local daily newspaper. One day, I was in the office writing up police reports when the editor approached me and said the Navy Recruiter was looking for someone to write an article, and I was elected to talk to him.

After the interview, the recruiter asked me how I expected to “fulfill my military service.” With the Vietnam war raging and the draft in full swing, Since the Navy had good photography schools and wanted to learn war photography and this was a chance to travel, this seemed like the right solution. Once I finished boot camp, the recruiter told me I would be sent to Photographer A school and become a photographer for the next four years in the Navy.

I traveled with three other guys to the Induction Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where I was sworn in. Come to find out from my experience that much of the deal that the Navy recruiter made with me was a complete lie to get me to enlist.

Important Life Lessons I Wish I Knew at 18

#1 Life Lesson: time is going to fly by

You’ll wonder how it went by so quickly! Life is a journey without a pre-determined destination in which we need to understand that plans, beliefs, and other essential aspects of your life will change on your journey. Although these crucial components of life will change, your values will guide you on your life adventure.

Listen in as I talk about 20 life lessons that I’ve learned and wish that I knew when I was 18 and why these are important for anyone on life’s journey. Learn why writing and creating should be a part of your life and why having a mentor is important.

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