Kindle Paperwhite: A Million or So Books in Your Hands

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One week into owning a Kindle Paperwhite and I am well on my way to being a better, more productive person.

Some background–> I used to read a novel a day as a child. I would stay up until I finished a book using the light from the street lights outside my window. I am pretty sure that the reason my eyes are so horrible is because of this. As I grew older, I had more and more responsibility fall on my plate and somehow the first thing to go was reading. This makes me sad just writing it.

Right now, at a point in my life when the kids are REALLY showing me that they are becoming more and more self-sufficient, I needed to find something to fill my time with.

Putting the Focus on my Career

For almost nine years now my life has been focused on the kids and I have had the perfect excuse to not focus on my career. I could never figure out how to balance work-life-family-home so I focused on what I could do: raise the kids, clean the home, dabble in part-time work from home, and hope that I was being a good wife to my husband.

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It never worked the way I hoped it would because I didn’t have focus. I didn’t have focus because I never learned how to do that as an adult. I never learned because I stopped reading for leisure and that was about to change big time.

When the Purolator guy stopped in front of my house I ran out to meet him in the driveway. He had the key to a new, more focused, me in the palm of his hands–my Kindle Paperwhite.

3 Tips on How to Be A Bawse

While my Kindle was charging I headed over to Amazon.ca to choose some new reading material. As much as I would have loved to delve into some steamy fiction I knew deep down inside that I needed something to get me thinking working on myself.  I found that something in How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh.

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I devoured 33% of this book the first evening I got it. I know that because the Kindle tells me not only what percentage of the book you have read but also how long it will take you to read it. It’s the perfect way to get one more chapter in–only 4 more minutes of reading to go!

What have I learned?

Highlights include making lists. This sound so, so boring but I have a trick to making it work for me. I use Post-It Notes. This means I can ONLY put the most important things on the list because more won’t fit. And it feels so good to put something on the list and cross it off. When I finish all the tasks (It’s only 4 or 5) I get to take that sticky note and rip it off of the pad to crumple it up and throw it away. It feels good.

Procrastination is a hustler’s worst enemy.
–Lilly Singh

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I am blessed to know so many smart and accomplished people in my industry but I don’t use our connection to the full potential. Why? Because I am scared to look like an idiot. I need to surround myself with people who are smarter than me, more established than me, and who are so far up the ladder than me that they may need binoculars to see me on the lower rungs. I need to be the dumbest person in my room (it’s a fake room because it’s the internet) and I need to learn from them. I need to ask questions. I need to stop caring how dumb I *may* sound and see it for what it is–an opportunity to grow.

That said, a Bawse knows that in certain situations, it’s beneficial to be the dumbest person in the room. Surrounding yourself with people who are more experianced and knowledgeable than you are is a great way to step outside your comfort zone  amd continue to learn and grow.
–Lilly Singh

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This is the biggest one yet and I will be making a vision board to reflect it–AIM HIGH. For far too long I have been making no goals, no plans, no nothing. I am working on a PLAN A. There will be no Plan B in case Plan A doesn’t pan out. It will. It has too. I will be putting all of my focus on making Plan A a reality.

If you aim low, you’ll end up lower than you intended. That’s why you have to aim high. No one else is going to compensate for your lack of ambition.
–Lilly Singh

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Reading with the Kindle Paperwhite

I didn’t know what to expect from the Kindle Paperwhite. I mean it is small (the no-glare screen is 6″ ), weighs less than a novel, yet somehow holds thousands of books. There is no interruption from social media popping up on the screen even though it is wi-fi enabled. I can shop for titles right on the device and I am connected to good reads which lets me see what like-minded people have read and loved. I love that I can look up words right on the screen and highlight text for later (how I got the above quotes).

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My favourite part though is that I can now read in bed without waking up the kids or bothering my husband thanks to the adjustable light and easy to read Bookerly font. It’s a big difference from reading as a child and using the street lights to shine on my pages.

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Something I have not looked into deeper but want to is Kindle Unlimited which lets you have access to over 800,000 titles on any device for less than $10 CDN a month. Pretty great if you are a reader as books can get costly AND take up space. The Kindle Paperwhite is the solution.

I gotta end this post because I have started a new book, In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonny, and a hot cup of coffee is calling my name.


 We are giving away a $100 Amazon.ca e-gift card to one lucky winner. This contest is open to Canada (no Quebec) and ends June 12, 2017. Good Luck

$100 CDN Amazon.ca e-Gift Card

I received the Kindle Paperwhite and Amazon credit in order to write this post. Me becoming a Bawse is all my opinion.
Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Amy Heffernan
    May 22, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    I wish I had to know what interests me the most and makes me happy.

  2. MaryG
    May 22, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    I wish I knew to not put much stock in what others thought of me. Just believing in myself and working smart has kept me on the right path!

  3. Nancy J Montgomery
    May 22, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I wish I knew how quickly time passes.

  4. Christine Murray
    May 22, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I wish I knew how to be confident and how to know when I need to keep my mouth shut and when to open it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. lynn clayton
    May 22, 2017 / 2:24 pm


  6. Nelia
    May 22, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I love the idea about writing tasks on post-it notes! Keeps things manageable!

  7. Casey Miller
    May 22, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    That while it might seem difficult to transfer, it would be one of the best decisions!

  8. linda
    May 22, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Just ride it the changes along the way.

  9. Piroska
    May 22, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    My career has been to be a mother and housewife. I wish I’d known how isolating it could be, and I would have made more of an effort to be more social.

  10. Cathy Oppedisano
    May 22, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    I never could have imagined how mean employers and co-workers can be.

  11. Celesta
    May 22, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    When I first started my career I wish I knew to do what I love instead of doing what I thought would work out. Because I didn’t work out and I basically wasted 10 years of my life. But now I’m doing what I love. It’s not totally working out yet either but at least I love it 🙂

  12. May 22, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    I wish I knew (or *believed*) that I was never stuck!

  13. Doris Humber
    May 22, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I wish I knew how to network better when I first started my career.

  14. kathy downey
    May 22, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I wish I knew how to be confident when i was younger i think i may have chose differently!

  15. Kathryn
    May 22, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    I wish i had known it was about networking and making connections

  16. Judy Cowan
    May 22, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I wish I had of known how to be more strong and confident, things might of went on a different path. Also wish I had of gone with what “I wanted” to do instead of what I thought “Others Wanted Me to Do”.

  17. Francine
    May 22, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    I wished I knew that I could never be happy working for an A##hole

  18. Joni
    May 22, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    I’ve always been living on a farm, what I didn’t know I was taught. I couldn’t say what I wished I knew.

  19. Maria
    May 22, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    I wish I knew that I don’t need to take crap and be treated like garbage

  20. Wendy hutton
    May 22, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I wish I knew that there is always that one annoying know it all in the office, lol

  21. Maritess
    May 22, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I wish I had known earlier to put task into writing and work on it.

  22. Robyn Bellefleur
    May 22, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    I wish I knew how much the bosses talk behind co-workers backs and that they don’t make decisions based on actually job performance.

  23. Gillian Morgan
    May 22, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I wish I knew that you don’t always get what you deserve in the workplace.

  24. Shelley N
    May 22, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    I wish I had known that I really should have gone into Accounting instead of Marketing.

  25. Florence Cochrane
    May 22, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    I wish I would have taken more risks and tried other positions at the company I worked for.

  26. Jenn
    May 22, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Awesome advice. I wish I had known how to pace myself / to not work so hard especially at the beginning (really!). I worked my tail off and at the end of the day I felt so drained. I felt that my job wasn’t enjoyable and I second guessed if that career path was even for me. I didn’t even give it a chance almost.

  27. OpheliaC
    May 22, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I wish I knew that a career isn’t always a straight path, and to stop freaking out over what I’ll be “when I grow up”…I’m still in the process of finding out, and there’s nothing wrong with that! We all learn as a grow and experience new things, and as a result, one’s career path may change drastically.

  28. OpheliaC
    May 22, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    I did accounting in school and hated it! I’m thankfully out of that field now…

  29. Carol M
    May 22, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    I wish I knew not to wear high heels while standing all days, my poor feet. LOL

  30. Alayne Langford
    May 22, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    I wish I had more confidence!

  31. Melinda Jana
    May 22, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    don’t go with the first job that comes along….

  32. Amanda M
    May 22, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I wish I knew that there was way more important things to life than being overly commited to a job.

  33. Lynda Cook
    May 22, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I wished I had stayed in school and got an education, so I could have did what I wanted to do, instead of dropping out, all I have is grade nine, not good

  34. Jenness M
    May 22, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    I wish I knew that I needed more education to get ahead.

  35. BlessedTA
    May 22, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    How to network.

  36. dave
    May 22, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    move on to increase pay

  37. Lee-Ann S
    May 22, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    I wish I knew that I wasn’t going to love the job forever and eventually I would want a change.

  38. Julie bolduc
    May 22, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    Since I am a stay at home mom… how to keep to the rules

  39. Lori L.
    May 23, 2017 / 12:09 am

    I was a Mom of 3 by the age of 24 and only went to university when I was almost 30. I wished I had established my career and travelled first THEN had kids (the same kids, only later on in life!)

  40. May 23, 2017 / 12:11 am

    I wish I knew how awful and unemphatic some people in the work place can be.I wish I wasn’t so quiet and shy about telling them how mean they were with the women they picked on.

  41. Heidi P
    May 23, 2017 / 12:16 am

    Wished I had more university before I started my career, would have been better prepared

    Thanks @homewithaneta.com for the chance

  42. Carole D
    May 23, 2017 / 12:21 am

    I wish I knew how to be more confident . I also wish I knew that some people like to pick on other people.

  43. Marlene J
    May 23, 2017 / 12:36 am

    Learn how to set boundaries
    Learn to stop tasks and projects even if they aren’t complete so you can leave work on time. Don’t check your email after hours or on weekends. Avoid multitasking (it’s a myth anyway). Work hard when you need to and cultivate the discernment to know when to shut work off.

  44. Kam
    May 23, 2017 / 12:56 am

    I wish I knew to network more and to make more connections + not be afraid to try new things!

  45. Christine D
    May 23, 2017 / 1:25 am

    Well I accept that I’m always going to learn so I am happy with the time it’s taken to knownwhat I know now. I started my career at just 17 years old taking high school and working part time as a vet assistant and took schooling and worked. The only thing I wish I did differently is taking more me time. I spent so many hours in school and work that finally when I met my fiancé and we had our first child it was a wake up call that sometimes it’s nice to stop and appreciate all you’ve done.

  46. Amie
    May 23, 2017 / 1:33 am

    I wish I realized you need to do what you love or at least like , forcing yourself to do something for the money leads to long horrible days

  47. Julia
    May 23, 2017 / 1:54 am

    I wish I had known that I needed to go to University (or, at least, some type of post-secondary education). I never went, and now it sort of feels too late in life to go, and yet it’s hard to get very far or do much with my career because of my lack of education.

  48. heidi c.
    May 23, 2017 / 2:27 am

    I work in the medical field and I wish now that I had known just how hard it was going to be to balance career, family, health and well-being. I also wish that I had taken some financial/money management courses before I started out.

  49. Daniela Plume
    May 23, 2017 / 2:59 am

    I wish I knew how to manage the accounting

  50. Dana Miller
    May 23, 2017 / 3:07 am

    When I first started my career I wish I knew about Employment Standards and employee rights.

  51. erin mcsweeney
    May 23, 2017 / 4:54 am

    I wish I had known to pursue a career that I would love not just for the money, daily happiness is worth so much more

  52. Pam
    May 23, 2017 / 6:40 am

    I wished I knew how to stand up for myself better, thank goodness I have been learning.

  53. Tim Duncan
    May 23, 2017 / 6:47 am

    I wish I knew how quickly time passes.

  54. Alan Haines
    May 23, 2017 / 6:47 am

    I wish I knew how to be more confident so I could find something that really interests me

  55. Tim Duncan
    May 23, 2017 / 6:47 am

    I wish I knew how quickly you age.

  56. Marsha
    May 23, 2017 / 6:58 am

    Learn how to set boundaries.

  57. Lindsay T
    May 23, 2017 / 7:00 am

    When I started my career I wish I knew that it would change drastically! It’s very different from when I first started.

  58. Tanya
    May 23, 2017 / 7:38 am

    I wish I knew I was wasting time and money on a college education that I would never use.

  59. Kim Stenner
    May 23, 2017 / 8:14 am

    I wish I had spoken up more in the beginning and had more of a financial plan.

  60. Tainan Lu
    May 23, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I wish I knew about networking

  61. Suzie B
    May 23, 2017 / 8:34 am

    I wish I knew how much a job in the medical field would affect my personal life not being 9-5 M-F

  62. Kimberley
    May 23, 2017 / 8:49 am

    I wish that I knew how to handle workplace conflict.

  63. Linda Svarovsky
    May 23, 2017 / 8:57 am

    I wish I had known to be more confident

  64. Angela C
    May 23, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I wish I had studied & tried harder in school.

  65. Jessica Patel
    May 23, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I wish I knew where my career is going

  66. ginette4
    May 23, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I wish I knew how to let things go and leave things at work and not bring the stress home with me..maybe I wouldn’t of gotten so sick and depressed.

  67. May 23, 2017 / 9:00 am

    I dropped out in grade 10 and went back to college as a mature student and graduated with honors. Sometimes you have to wait until your priorities are in order to do school. Never too late!

  68. May 23, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Why I can’t work out of home currently. I am still suffering anxiety from my previous job and it has been 4 years.

  69. May 23, 2017 / 9:01 am

    You and me both 🙂

  70. May 23, 2017 / 9:02 am

    This is the worst, when your workplace becomes conflicted.

  71. May 23, 2017 / 9:03 am

    I wanted to be a midwife until I realized the hours were so unpredictable.

  72. Sandi Tymchuk
    May 23, 2017 / 9:07 am

    I wish I knew that mistakes are inevitable, and not to be feared but to be learned from. I wish I knew to “fake it before you make it,” too.

  73. Kelly D
    May 23, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I wished I knew how to budget my money for clothing and hair

  74. Michelle K
    May 23, 2017 / 9:23 am

    I wish I knew how to be confident.

  75. May 23, 2017 / 9:36 am

    I have strong thoughts on this. I still can’t understand how we are meant to decide what we are going to do with our lives as teenagers.

  76. Kim
    May 23, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I wish I knew not to commit more time to work than life.

  77. Sylvia
    May 23, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I wish I knew confidence and assertiveness.

  78. Jeannie Lam
    May 23, 2017 / 10:37 am

    I wish I knew about being more confident in my abilities.

  79. Cheryl H
    May 23, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I wish I knew for sure what career I wanted

  80. Silvia D
    May 23, 2017 / 11:01 am

    I wish I would of followed my dream job and set better goals

  81. thomas rusinak
    May 23, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Changing jobs up to 5 times is a fact of life..lets get ready for it!

  82. Kristi
    May 23, 2017 / 11:08 am

    I wish I had known just how much patience and strength I would need to do the job. Constant deadlines probably weren’t the best fit for someone with anxiety like me. Have realized it’s time for something different.

  83. mng
    May 23, 2017 / 11:14 am

    I wish I was more optimistic

  84. May 23, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Preach girlfriend. I think this knowledge comes with age 🙂

  85. Stephanie Kupers
    May 23, 2017 / 11:39 am

    I wish I knew not to put unnecessary pressure on myself by comparing myself to other people in other industries that were my age. We all have different paths.

  86. Clare O'Brien
    May 23, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I wish I kew that there’s no use in worrying about whether you’ll be successful. If you work hard and make the right connections, everything will fall into place.

  87. May 23, 2017 / 11:45 am

    I know! I am over here trying to figure out how it is almost June and still trying to figure out how it’s already 2017

  88. Ryan Dylan
    May 23, 2017 / 11:45 am

    I wish I knew not to put so much pressure on myself to be “perfect”. I also wished I was honest with my bosses about how much of a workload I could handle – so I didn’t become overwhelmed.

  89. May 23, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Give it time. I am reading a book right now that says as long as you love what you do it’s not really a sacrifice 🙂

  90. jan
    May 23, 2017 / 11:50 am

    I wish I’d known how much education and time investment it would take to stay current in my field.

  91. May 23, 2017 / 11:59 am

    You? Stuck? Never girlfriend 🙂

  92. Toshiki
    May 23, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    I wish I had explored other options before starting my career.

  93. John
    May 23, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Don’t be afraid to ask for a raise.

  94. Pd Reimer
    May 23, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I just wish I had been more mature when I started!

  95. May 23, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I think the focus on networking has really made it to the forefront in recent years. It’s not what you know but who you know.

  96. sara rai
    May 23, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    I wish I had and have more confident!

  97. May 23, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    that i didn’t have to work for a company… that i could create my own business. now at 35, home with 3 kids, i am the happiest with my “work”… running a handmade business from home. being your own boss is the best!

  98. Kalien
    May 23, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Love this, and love that the Kindle doesn’t have any connection to social media. Even my best attempts at nightly reading have been thwarted by several push notifications.

  99. nicky
    May 23, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    When I started my career, I wish I took the time to do informational interviews with a bunch of people in different fields, to learn about their jobs and find out which path I might be interested in taking. I feel like I didn’t know much about “what was out there”.

  100. Cairine
    May 23, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    I wish I knew more about standing up for myself and not being taken advantage of.

  101. Sandy Couzens
    May 23, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I wish I had known how important it was to save for retirement and had put at least 10% away each month. Thank you for another Great Giveaway 🙂

  102. Calvin F.
    May 23, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Asking questions probably.. I haven’t really started my career yet so to be fair I wouldn’t know

  103. May 23, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    I wish I knew which courses I can have taken to save years of time.

  104. Joy D
    May 23, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I wish I knew that a career and motherhood is extremely difficult. One suffers – career, family came first.

  105. Anne Derkat
    May 23, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I wish I had known how to deal better with people.

  106. Dayle B
    May 23, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    I wished that took more courses at night school. Also, to read more self-help books.

  107. Rhonda W G.
    May 23, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    I wish I knew my own value a little more. I wish I knew it wasn’t a good choice for someone who’d end up with a lifetime of chronic illness.

  108. jennie
    May 23, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Sometimes it’s not so much the job but the people you work with that matters.

  109. Margaret Smith
    May 23, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I wish I knew to ask for help and not be shy.

  110. Jonnie
    May 23, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I wish I knew that 18 isn’t the best age to decide what you will spend the rest of your life doing

  111. Melissa F
    May 23, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I wish I had known how competitive my industry was.

  112. Sabrina D
    May 23, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    I wish I hadn’t beat myself up so much and felt like a “failure” for not going into the field I had studied. Love the schooling, hated the day-to-day work. Glad I figured that out faster than a lot of people I think.

  113. Mike Flaman
    May 23, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Wish I knew to quit a job when the going got really crappy. Not stick with something I hated doing.

  114. Kim Tanti
    May 23, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    When I started my career I wish I knew the pay sucked.

  115. Edmund
    May 23, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I wish I knew better & more help resources .

  116. Corey Hutton
    May 23, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    When i started my career, I wish i knew that career meant “job you will do untill you die and will grow to hate”.

  117. Rosa Cross
    May 23, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I wished I had been a bit more outspoken and not so shy.

  118. Rebecca G
    May 23, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I wish I knew how long it would take me to get a stable job in my field

  119. Stephanie
    May 23, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    I wish I knew how to be confident and don’t let others bug me

  120. Aly
    May 23, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I wish I knew how few and far between jobs like mine are!

  121. Heather Starastin
    May 23, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Hmm. I wish I had had a better idea where my talents lie, and had started preparing myself for the career I now have rather than the one I thought I wanted at the time.

  122. Marra
    May 23, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    I wish I knew to believe in myself and know my self worth.

  123. Andrea
    May 23, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    I wish I knew it would be hard to find a job you took the course for.

  124. SarahJ
    May 23, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    I wish I knew that the pay wasn’t great and it would take several years to get a permanent contract.

  125. Nicolas C
    May 23, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    I wish I knew what kind of person I was earlier, what I wanted to do earlier, and the resources to achieve it earlier.

  126. Jackie M
    May 23, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    I wished I was able to learn more about the field I was going into and turn back time to do something I really want to do.

  127. J Wang
    May 23, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I wish I knew the future of this industry when I first started my career.

  128. Alana Starkie
    May 23, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I wish i would have stayed in college to end up with a career instead of jumping from job to job.

  129. Tara Betterley
    May 23, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I wish I had more experience and feedback from people in the field. I ended up in the field for two years and I ended up moving to a corporate job.

  130. Debbie White Beattie
    May 23, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I wished I knew how everything would work out so I would know what to do

  131. Jenny Major
    May 23, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I never could have imagined how inconsiderate employers can be

  132. Dawn gordon
    May 23, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    I have the unlimited kindle

    Be warned it’s not the best seller list but some great reads you can find

    You won’t find any New York best seller for that

  133. jessica s
    May 23, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    I wish I knew how cut throat people can be, and to have some thicker skin. Some people will do anything to get ahead.

  134. Edith Rennes
    May 23, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    I wish I knew how nasty people can be…and to just keep smiling…took awhile but I figured it out finally

  135. Aarone Mawdsley
    May 23, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    to take time to learn things fully

  136. Anu Chopra
    May 23, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I wished I knew that I would have to keep myself updated on the latest computer programming languages so that if I ever got laid off, it would be easier to get another job.

  137. Leah
    May 23, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I wish I knew that asking questions didn’t mean you didn’t know what you were doing…that a boss would rather have you ask questions than pretend you know…

  138. Jason Wall
    May 23, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Wish I was better with networking

  139. Q
    May 23, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    I wish I considered more carefully what was involved

  140. Justin G
    May 23, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I wish I knew not to let any opportunities pass by. There might not be a next time

  141. Lauraleigh
    May 23, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    I wish I had known how important school was!

  142. Charity Banman
    May 23, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    I wish I knew that I’d prefer staying home with my kids.

  143. ivy pluchinsky
    May 23, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    I wish I knew how quick the time passes, and that people shouldn’t stress over the little things. Enjoy the moments!

  144. DebP
    May 23, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    I wish I knew that hard work won’t necessarily be acknowledged.

  145. krysta d
    May 24, 2017 / 12:07 am

    I wish that I would have cared less about comparing myself to others!

  146. Tabby72
    May 24, 2017 / 12:14 am

    I wished I knew that it was more important to balance home and work life, and just put everything into work.

  147. Kevin B
    May 24, 2017 / 12:40 am

    to constantly network

  148. Michelle Matta
    May 24, 2017 / 12:59 am

    I wish I knew it wasn’t going to hurt me to have, and express some opinions at work. I laid low for too long and that impacted me so much

  149. Maryanne
    May 24, 2017 / 1:02 am

    I wish I had been braver earlier to follow my dreams. Take more risks!

  150. May 24, 2017 / 2:40 am

    To relax and not let the small stuff upset me.

  151. Alexander Lim
    May 24, 2017 / 3:18 am

    to be more strategic in mapping out my trajectory

  152. Phil
    May 24, 2017 / 7:25 am

    I wish I could be more optimistic on life.

  153. Christine Holliday
    May 24, 2017 / 7:41 am

    My lack of confidence brought about the wrong career choice, the biggest regret of my life!

  154. nicolthepickle
    May 24, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I wish I knew to stay strong to the things that really mattered, not just let it go.
    I know now though. It’s hard when you have to put it into practice.

  155. May 24, 2017 / 11:10 am

    Oh wow, this sounds like a great read! For me, it’s one of those things that is “easier said than done”. I know I should be more confident in my abilities, and know I should do better at prioritizing things that make me happy, but old habits die hard. So I guess I wish I knew how to stick to these things!

  156. Alison Braidwood
    May 24, 2017 / 11:36 am

    I wish I’d know that an awful lot of people fake it til they make it. You don’t need to be perfect, just do your best.

  157. Patrick Siu
    May 24, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I wish i followed my instinct and not others peoples words

  158. crystal porter
    May 24, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    I wish I knew how to find joy in my work when I first started.

  159. Juliee Fitze
    May 24, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Wish I had known that everything in my world was about to change because of an accident then cancer .

  160. Chantelle Daigle
    May 24, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I wish I knew how grueling it was going to be – I may have picked a calmer profession (I’m a Registered Nurse). 😉

    May 24, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I wish I knew how to budget my money and that I had saved for retirement

  162. Sandra
    May 24, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I wish I had known that I would encounter bullies in the workplace and that a lot of jobs are ‘thankless’ no matter how hard you work. I’ve come to realize that working hard only pays off if it’s for your own business.

  163. Chris Frank
    May 24, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Very good read!

  164. Treen Goodwin
    May 24, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I wish i had known that life was so short and losing my brother at age 17 , i would have been nicer and loved him for the silly things he did <3

  165. May 24, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I wish I had known not to be such a people pleaser. Today my moto is “either they like me or not who cares”

  166. Ron
    May 24, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I wish I would have known more about how to handle dealing with difficult customers and co-workers.

  167. Shirley S
    May 24, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I wish I knew how to be more confident when I first started my career.

  168. Tina L.
    May 24, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I wish I knew that it wouldn’t be possible to take summer vacations

  169. Glogirl
    May 24, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    When I first started my career I wish I knew how to better handle aggressive patients. I started in a nursing home as a nurse and was punched, slapped, grabbed, scratched… I didn’t know how severely dementia could ravage someone’s mind.

  170. May 24, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Yikes. What a hard job to do. It must have taken a lot out of you to not get angry

  171. May 24, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    That must be hard. I work from home and still miss out on being able to just go away.

  172. May 24, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    As long as you are figuring it out now, all that matters

  173. May 24, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Ha! You and I both Ron. I can’t work out of the house because my face says it all…if not my mouth/

  174. Tammi L.
    May 24, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    I’m a SAHM and while I LOVE it and my family I wish I’d known how much it would hurt later to focus everything I have on them only. Now as my kids are all either moved out, or a teenager with his own life, I’m finding I’m so isolated. I no longer know how to ‘get out there’ and find that I’m actually anxious in social situations, feeling out of place and inadequate. If I’d known then what I do now, I would have continued to go out with friends, take courses, volunteer… do something other than smother my poor kids, lol.

  175. May 24, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I think most people go through this particular stage in life. I know I did for sure and the moment I stopped I got so much happier.

  176. May 24, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    So sorry to hear that Treen. Hindsight can be cruel but I am sure he felt loved by you

  177. May 24, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Working hard takes on a whole new meaning when you are self employed. I love this answer

  178. May 24, 2017 / 11:56 pm

    I think a lot of us wish this

  179. May 24, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    You have one of those professions that is so underrated. Nurses keep us alive 🙂

  180. May 25, 2017 / 12:15 am

    So sorry you had to go through all of that Juliee

  181. May 25, 2017 / 12:17 am

    I hope you have found joy now Crystal, in either your work or your music

  182. Michelle Policelli
    May 25, 2017 / 12:21 am

    I wish I had known to be more confident!!

  183. KellyPC
    May 25, 2017 / 2:19 am

    I haven’t really found my place in this world yet

  184. lori butler
    May 25, 2017 / 4:52 am

    i wished i knew what would be require and needed in the workforce, some research could have prevented some student loan bills

  185. Juliee Fitze
    May 25, 2017 / 6:14 am


  186. Pauline Milner
    May 25, 2017 / 8:45 am

    I wish I had known that it was okay to not like what I was doing and that I could change jobs. I did not like my first job but it took me five long years to finally begin the career I really wanted.

  187. Elizabeth R
    May 25, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I wish I’d known that the job I started with would become my total career, thought it was just a stepping stone.

  188. mohammad anjum
    May 25, 2017 / 11:02 am

    wish i had known it was about networking

  189. May 25, 2017 / 11:33 am

    I wish I’d listened to my intuition and pursued a career in the healing arts. Now to make a career change. 🙂

  190. Tania B
    May 25, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I wish that I had known that I did not have to do everything in my life perfectly – some things could afford less than perfection.

  191. tracy k
    May 25, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    i wish i knew to take more time to find out what i was passionate about

  192. Lucy
    May 25, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I wish I knew that I should take advantage of summers and vacations more.

  193. SweetPanda
    May 25, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I wish I knew that no matter how hard you try to work, your boss will turn a blind eye on it and will not appreciate

  194. ggfaceplant
    May 25, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    i wish i knew the more technical aspects of my job before i started. would have helped me prep for some ugly situations when designing.

  195. Sarah N.
    May 25, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Some of the tech things: excel and how to use the phone.

  196. Janet M
    May 25, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I wish I had more training in interpersonal relationships.

  197. Rosanne Robinson
    May 25, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I wish that I’d gone to college after high school, instead of going straight into the work force.

  198. Joyce S
    May 25, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I wish that I had furthered my education after highschool.

  199. Shirleyp
    May 25, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    How to have more confidence

  200. Carol M
    May 25, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    Kindle paper is good. I also want to win of course… this is BAWSE!

  201. Rachel Cryer
    May 25, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    Wish I would have started my paying to my pension earlier

  202. Monica F.
    May 26, 2017 / 12:27 am

    I wish I knew that University Degrees are only worthwhile if there is a job at the other end of the path you choose. I also wish I knew that as a female that all the doors were open for me, even the trades.

  203. em
    May 26, 2017 / 2:21 am

    i wish i had more confidence in owning my craft instead i still shy behind the lens

  204. Paul A.
    May 26, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Almost anything I know now.

  205. Julie
    May 26, 2017 / 10:36 am

    I wish I had known what a toll my job could take on a family. Working evenings and weekends is very difficult, as is shifting from shift to shift.

  206. margaux retrophiliac
    May 26, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    How hard it would be to be taken seriously. It’s so incredibly frustrating when people don’t believe in you.

  207. Lisa M
    May 26, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    I wish I knew that it wasn’t my responsibility to make others happy. People pleasing consumed far too many years of my life. ❤

  208. alexa
    May 26, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    how to manage my time

  209. Brenda Penton
    May 26, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I wish I knew that for sure if I liked the field I was in before I started. I really was not happy at work.

  210. Rebecca
    May 26, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    That it doesn’t matter what people at work think of me.

  211. John S.
    May 26, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I wish I had known more about CH11 before I started working for the company.

  212. Carla B
    May 26, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    I wish that I had made more career goals! It may have forced me to take more control over my career and have taken me into some interesting directions.

  213. Melinda
    May 27, 2017 / 1:31 am

    I wished that I would have set more goals for myself.

  214. Mandy
    May 27, 2017 / 3:55 am

    I wish when I started, I knew how to have work life balance to prevent from burning out.

  215. angela eagle
    May 27, 2017 / 7:39 am

    I wish I knew what steps I had to take to get to where I wanted to be and what supports were available to me

  216. Krista M
    May 27, 2017 / 10:24 am

    I wish I knew to not let anger at management get in the way of my achievements, to take a step back before confronting without thinking first.

  217. Sarah
    May 27, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I wish I had known the importance of emotional intelligence.

  218. Karry Knisley
    May 27, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I wish I knew that not everyone would be treated equally or fairly. That favoritism does exist.

  219. Sunshine G
    May 27, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    I wish I’d known to invest early and wisely before my paycheque got eaten up by diapers!

  220. Laila I
    May 27, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    It was great reading people’s responses! I actually just started mine, but I guess I knew 1 year ago when I was stressing over finding a job, that it’s okay to be rejected, the right job will come in time 🙂

  221. Athena
    May 28, 2017 / 7:55 am

    That it was ok to have the confidence to speak up, especially when it came time for performance evaluations.

  222. janine a
    May 28, 2017 / 11:51 am

    i wish i knew how long student debt takes to pay off haha

  223. samantha b
    May 28, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    I wish I had more motivation towards working on my goals

  224. May 28, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    That’s okay to not know 100% where I’m going… As long as I keep consciously moving forward and getting better.

  225. Melanie Hayes
    May 28, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I wish i knew a quick way to get my finances and career on track and to move to B.C.

  226. maria
    May 28, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    to keep going to school and keep educating myself

  227. Faye W.
    May 29, 2017 / 2:21 am

    I wish I knew how to be more assertive.

  228. Julie F
    May 29, 2017 / 7:25 am

    I wish I had know how to have more confidence in myself!

  229. Treen Goodwin
    May 29, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Thanks hun , i’m sure he did , but i guess we all get that guilty feeling <3

  230. May 29, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I wish I knew how to ask for a raise when I know that I deserve it!

  231. Kim F
    May 29, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    That work life balance is more important than money

  232. Cheryl
    May 29, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Firstly, I need to read this book and second, I wish I knew I should have gone to a university instead of a college for my bachelors as it took years to get my foot in the door

  233. J. Wong
    May 30, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I wish I had spoken out more.

  234. Barb W
    May 31, 2017 / 12:29 am

    How emotionally draining it can be…

  235. Linda
    May 31, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    I wish I knew the different communication styles out there. I had a difficult time adjusting to some of my coworkers.

  236. Caryn Coates
    May 31, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    I wish I had advanced my education further first before I started my career

  237. Victoria W.
    May 31, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    That being disabled does not make me second class.

  238. Mike Gismondi
    June 1, 2017 / 12:28 am

    I wish that I knew how to assert myself better

  239. Elaine G
    June 1, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I wish I spoke up more and been more confident, not so shy.

  240. Debbie D.
    June 1, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    I wished I knew to get a job that has a pension.

  241. BobbiJo Pentney
    June 2, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    I wish I had known that I needed to balance my life and career more evenly.

  242. Josh S
    June 2, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I wish I knew more about networking.

  243. LisaM
    June 3, 2017 / 8:55 am

    I wish I knew to take more time to figure out what I want to do.

  244. MMMDDD
    June 4, 2017 / 11:58 am

    I wish I knew more about finances

  245. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    June 4, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    I wish I knew about how enjoyment of a job vs just making money

  246. Heidi C
    June 5, 2017 / 2:15 am

    I wish I knew how important work life balance is.

  247. Irene
    June 5, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I wish we would have put more away for retirement…when you are young, retiring is the last thing on your mind…but time flies and before you know it you are kicking yourself for not saving more.

  248. Raz
    June 5, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    To specialize in something.

  249. jeff savard
    June 6, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I never could have imagined how mean employers and co-workers can be.

  250. Shelley Butcher
    June 7, 2017 / 3:29 am

    I wish I would have worked harder in school and been more fearless.

  251. Betty S
    June 7, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I wish I knew what direction I would have liked my life to go. I went thru several jobs before finding the one I spent 20 years in

  252. Kaylee Fraser
    June 7, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I wish I had realized I wanted to go into Nursing before starting another career.

  253. Paul A
    June 7, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I wished I realized my career options and passion in life prior to diving into my career now.

  254. Michelle Morin
    June 8, 2017 / 10:39 am

    I wish I had known how hard it would be to get started… but that it’s okay, it’s normal, and to persevere because good things will come!

  255. Allison Matz
    June 9, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I wish I spent more time finding out what really interested me, may have taken a different career path.

  256. Judy hunting
    June 9, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I just wanted to make sure it didn’t overtake my life and still let me spend time with my children

  257. Beatrice Lawson
    June 9, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    I wish I didn’t worry about practicality and gone instead with the artistic option – furniture design. I a not unhappy – my career and education have been great experiences, but I still wonder “what if”.

  258. LeslieC
    June 11, 2017 / 4:25 am

    I wish I had more direction when I was younger & took school more seriously!

  259. Trisha Y.
    June 11, 2017 / 8:52 am

    I wish I had more focus and some sort of direction right out of high school.

  260. Karine
    June 11, 2017 / 10:40 am

    To not procrastinate and not take too much on me

  261. Erica Seaman
    June 11, 2017 / 11:28 am

    I wish I had more self confidence, I had wanted to go become a teacher, but didn’t think I was smart enough….I will always regret it, as I now know that I would have made an great teacher.

  262. Roger Simmons
    June 11, 2017 / 11:54 am

    When I first started my career, I wish I knew that the hours were long, the rates were crappy and that my back would eventually suffer. I was a truck driver for 16 years and switched careers over a year ago to be a Construction Safety Officer.

  263. Carey Hurst
    June 11, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Honestly that you do not need to make a career to be a worthy person. Just because it is a false societal belief that it is something you must do is wrong, follow your soul. Wish I knew that right from the beginning. My children will know is.

  264. Ariel C
    June 12, 2017 / 1:44 am

    I wish I knew to be more patient!

  265. adam steele
    June 12, 2017 / 1:46 am

    that asking for help is not a bad thing!

  266. Jenna
    June 12, 2017 / 3:04 am

    I love this!

  267. lynnie
    June 12, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    I wish that I’d known how people will treat me because “I’m just a secretary,” a word that really isn’t used anymore, since we’re now known as administrative assistants, but the bosses use it – and one of them said the above. If I’d known, I might have done something different, so that I felt more respected.

  268. June Murphy
    June 12, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    I wish I knew I would be successful in my career that way I would have learned more a lot quicker, without fear holding me back

  269. Rebecca Roberts
    June 12, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I wish I knew that business relationships are not always forever, and which people to do business with.