The most valuable advice I gave to my child

Respect Time, respect your life!

Respect time with all your heart, mind and soul, it’s unstoppable machine. I would highly recommend to write down all your goals if you have not yet and work on them.

When I was a child I was taking advanced computer courses, they taught us programming, how to reinstall operation systems many other useful things they would not teach in regular computer classes.

For some reason, I was not paying attention while I was in the class, but I was visiting it just to make my parents happy. At the end of the course, we were given a real test and a grade. I did not prepare for test well, I was too confident, I thought I knew everything.. and even on the test I did not try hard (… don’t ask me why) to receive the best possible grade, I was making jokes on the test with friends… how silly I was, somehow I’ve received a “B” grade. I simply did not care.

Two years later, right before a set of final exams, we were told that you might transfer a grade from any advanced class “as is” – right into your high school diploma, and in this case, you have one final exam less to pass. What I wonderful news I thought.

At that time I was working hard on submitting documents to University and it was a really stressful time where each grade counts, and I literally had to time or desire to work on any extra tests or preparation… and now imagine… I’m was not satisfied with B I’ve received two years back…  I made a huge mistake, what next?!

I’ve received an advice to visit a teacher from this class, the teacher who was teaching me two years back – was not working in the school anymore, so I had to talk with a new person, convince him that I need to pass the test and get an “A”.

When I met with him, I told him that I need a better grade, he told me few things which literally changed my life: “You had a time and you had a perfect chance to get a good great, you missed your chance, sorry…” I passed his test a few weeks later and get an “A”. He told me: “I will give you a second chance, I was just like you when I was young, but I’ve learned my lesson – you have to be very careful because life won’t give you a second chance in many cases.”

After that I finished my high school with honours, I’ve finished University with honours and I did not have even a single “B”, only “A’s”.

Try to do everything right from first time, from the first shoot.. if it’s school – study hard, extra hard – from age 17 till 19 while I was at university I’ve studied hard 24/7. If it’s marriage – be the best husband or wife ever, read books, ask pieces of advice from friends you can trust. If you raising your child – be the best dad or mom – role model or example for him/her.

When there is a time to study and get an education – do it. When there is a time to get married – do it when there is a time to build your career – do it. But, do it super well! So you won’t regret later.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

 a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.