What advice would you give to your younger self? John Mackey, Arianna Huffington, Sue Monk Kid, Shefali Tsabary Answer

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“What advice would you give to your younger self?” Oprah asked the same question to John Mackey, Sue Monk Kidd, Arianna Huffington and Dr.Shefali Tsabary. Their answers are great advises and are worth giving a thought.

John Mackey:

Advice to his younger self: “Talk less and listen well”

John Mackey is the co-founder of Whole Foods Market and is the present co-CEO of the company. A college dropout who started a company in 1980s is a proud businessman today with more than 410 stores in the world. Today, Whole Foods Market has grown into a massive grocery store chain, being the 8th largest food and drug store in the US. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 18 consecutive years

“As the saying goes, “The longest journey that people must take is the eighteen inches between their heads and their hearts.”- John Mackey

Sue Monk Kidd:

Advice to her younger self: “Don’t be afraid, it’s going to be alright.”

Sue Monk Kidd is n author popularly known for her first book “The Secret Life of Bees.” Which was published in 2002, gained phenomenal success by being on the New York Times bestseller for a long time. The same book has been translated into 36 languages and is sold over 6 million copies in the US and more than 8 million copies worldwide.

“There is nothing perfect…only life.”- Sue Monk Kid

Arianna Huffington:

Advice to her younger self: “Stop worrying.”

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. She is very popular in the media industry. Her Huffington post is one the most popular and powerful online news portal. Arianna Huffington is also the author of more than 14 books on topics ranging from feminism to corporate to politics.

“Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. It’s the mastery of fear. It’s about getting up one more time than we fall down.”- Arianna Huffington

Dr.Shefali Tsabary:

Advice to her younger self: “You will find your manifestation. Don’t be so restless. Its going to come to you.”

Shefali Tsabary is a clinical psychologist, an author, a speaker and the founder of Global Inner Disarmament. She is well known for her book “The conscious Parent.” Shefali specializes in the integration of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. She is an extensive speaker and also a private practitioner.

“Life doesn’t happen to us, but happens with us.”- Shefali Tsabary


Our younger-selves have done plenty of mistakes and stupid things. No matter how bad you feel to accept it, it was all needed to bring you to a level where you are today. You might think of a few advices for your own younger self now. Maybe, “to give more time to family,” “make more money,” “travel more,” “maintain health.” We are not asking you to regret your past thinking about it, the whole idea is to implement the advice if you are unknowingly doing the same mistakes.

And when given a chance to learn from others mistake, then why be hesitant. After all, you don’t have enough time to make all the mistakes by yourself, so why not generously accept it from others experience.

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10 thoughts on “What advice would you give to your younger self? John Mackey, Arianna Huffington, Sue Monk Kid, Shefali Tsabary Answer

  1. Vinay, LinkedIn also recently ran a series on #IfIWere22 on their Pulse platform. While the advice is sound, I think young people rarely listen to elderly wisdom. Life’s like that. Young people are programmed to challenge older wisdom and discover life for themselves:) But hey, us oldies have to do our duty.

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