What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 - Tina Seelig

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

By Tina Seelig

  • Release Date: 2009-05-12
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 44 Ratings)
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Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us whether or not we are making the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge. That is, until now.

As executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig guides her students as they make the difficult transition from the academic environment to the professional world, providing tangible skills and insights that will last a lifetime. Seelig is an entrepreneur, neuroscientist, and popular teacher, and in What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 she shares with us what she offers her students—provocative stories, inspiring advice, and a big dose of humility and humor.

These pages are filled with fascinating examples, from the classroom to the boardroom, of individuals defying expectations, challenging assumptions, and achieving amazing success. Seelig throws out the old rules and provides a new model for reaching our highest potential. We discover how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible, how to recover from failure, and how most problems are remarkable opportunities in disguise.

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 is a much-needed book for everyone looking to make their mark on the world.


  • Insightful!

    By Austin5597
    This book is a great read for any entrepreneur!
  • Life changing!

    By Daouda G.
    I will purchase this book for other friends and family to read. Incredibly inspirational and insightful read on how to live life to the fullest.
  • Good lessons, a fun read

    By Recklys
    This isn't a well-crafted, beginning, middle, and end kind of book. It's really just a collection of inspirational stories and lessons the author found useful throughout her life. Some of the lessons are from her own life, though most are just the stories of others. The book teaches some great lessons about learning to give yourself permission to accomplish your goals instead of waiting for someone else to tell you to do it. The book is a call to arms for budding entrepreneurs, a 'self-help' book for those seeking to make something of themselves, though ironically the book teaches that you really only need yourself to accomplish your goals and dreams. The book got a bit redundant after some time; some of the lessons were very similar, and often the reader is left thinking if their life is comparable to those in the stories. Despite the best motives, different environments can make finding opportunity challenging, even for the most determined people. But perhaps this is making an excuse, which the author says one should never do :) Overall, a good read. Short with some nice anecdotes.