Gordon Swaby

Dear Gordon, Stop being Naive…

My fellow blogger Aundra, over at Keys to my Karma, came up with a cool idea.  Its like this:

Gordon Swaby

If you could somehow postmark a letter back through time to your younger self, what age would you choose and what would the letter say.

She asked me to write a letter and it ended up like this:

Dear Gordon,

Stop being naive, seriously.  As you grow older your perspective on life will change.  You’ll move from being an indifferent, cynical pre-teen to an overly enthusiastic, overambitious young adult; can you feel that youthful exuberance? Maybe you should listen to your parents a bit more too and choose better friends.  You know, those friends that will motivate, inspire and help cultivate that burning desire for greatness you’ll EVENTUALLY feel in the bottom of your stomach, yeah–those friends.  Oh, and selecting cool mentors help too (You’d be amazed how many people are expecting great things from you, they would be more than delighted to help you, trust me. )

Anyway Gordon, the last thing i want to sound like is a nagging adult trying to mold you. I know better than anyone else that you’re a rebel and when someone tries to push, you’re just going to pull, but don’t worry much about that, you’ll learn how to be a proper rebel. The one that does not subscribe to the status quo, the one that will dare to be different and be an example to and lead his generation forward in earnest.

Lastly, don’t live your life in regret, don’t worry about who you are, instead focus on who you will become, because that keeps you motivated.

You’re bad ass Man.

Sincerely,

Future you.

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Monday, February 15th, 2010 at 8:36 pm. Filed under Interesting, Personal, Uncategorized.

  • [L]3c!

    If only this was future Gordon talking to “present” Gordon….I really like future Gordon,he's mature!

  • marangand

    It is amazing how rebellious we get when we are pushed no matter what age we are 🙂 i am still trying to break myself out of that mode…..
    Great letter, but u know, no matter what happens 95% (jus a number) of kids will learn certain things only by experience. I wish i could relive life knowing then what i know now…..
    Sooooo are you saying that you are 'an overly enthusiastic, overambitious young adult' now 🙂 🙂 I wonder what your 10 year (in the future self) would say to you (current self) now….

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Lol, maybe i am overly enthusiastic and ambitious.

  • http://corvedacosta.wordpress.com/ corve

    Interesting letter to the younger you.

    This is a cool idea….i LIKE how inspiring it is. I was thinking to myself yesterday how we ignore our parents comments and suggestions when we are young but then gravitate to them as we get older. Time catches up.

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      It sure does; i'm glad that you like the letter:)

  • http://scsquared.wordpress.com/ SCSquared

    I am quite inspired by this, maybe we should all do one of these on our blogs… hint hint Ryan, Leel, Likkle Bit, Ilijoy . . . I'mma do one tonight.

  • http://samswebguide.com/ Robyn-Dale

    Inspiring letter. If only this was possible, my letter would be about 3 pages long with all the crap I used to do as a teen.

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Haha, I'm sure you could summarize it down to a page or so.



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