What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

  • Published on Apr 27, 2015
  • Learned helplessness can prevent people from achieving their goals, something I've experienced first hand.
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  • AGFuzzyPancake
    AGFuzzyPancake 3 hours ago

    20 Year Olds:


    You and Me: sick of this washed up template.

  • rinka
    rinka Day ago

    i specifically clicked this because i'm not even 18 yet and i don't regret it

  • Junior Sales
    Junior Sales 3 days ago

    Should i feel like if there is a black hole in my stomach ?

  • P.D. S
    P.D. S 4 days ago

    A LOT of people suffer from this now a days.

  • Ziotic
    Ziotic 4 days ago +1

    That's why I dropped out. tehe

  • Klaus Cartesius
    Klaus Cartesius 5 days ago

    I basically never asked for help, ran away from trouble, problems... some I couldn't solve, and consequently have been fired, attacked... visited the ER / hospital a few times (that's buying services we all need to do sometimes), but I've never been a reckless adrenaline junkie, and with a bit of luck, too, I'm still alive today ;-)

  • Afzal Hussain
    Afzal Hussain 5 days ago

    grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference

  • Vodkacannon
    Vodkacannon 5 days ago

    Shocking dogs?

  • Bubble Bath
    Bubble Bath 8 days ago

    Wow that really is deep

  • Vishnu Priyatham
    Vishnu Priyatham 10 days ago

    Thank you, Derek. This is enlightening and helps!

  • John Arktor
    John Arktor 11 days ago

    Blah blah you are in control. Blah blah blah. All libertarian mentality. Nice on the surface, full of good intent. But ultimately so far from the real world that it gets insulting.
    Now mister knowitall veritasium, do get born in a poor family in a poor town within a rich country. And do work hard and try to acheive your goals. And please tell us how you will inevitably FAIL. Because not everything is in your hands. There ARE things outta your control, especially in an oligarchy like the one we live in.
    Oh your theory would work in a nice world made of nice people and nice stuff. But here this is the real world. Only the rich born can survive in it.

    • Gokakukei
      Gokakukei 2 days ago

      "There ARE things outta your control" implies that there are things that ARE in your control.

  • S James Parsons Jr
    S James Parsons Jr 11 days ago

    Survivor bias? J/k, it so true, I had a school assignment to contact 10 people who had the career I was going to school for. 5 wanted to hire me on the spot without and education just because I was interested, the other 5 said to come back when I had a degree.

  • John Brown
    John Brown 12 days ago

    As Pee Wee Herman said in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. "you can't wait for opportunity to come to you, you have to make it happen"

  • G Castro
    G Castro 13 days ago

    I could listen to him talk for hours on end, such a captivating speaker

  • Jakescott222
    Jakescott222 13 days ago

    Thank you 🙏

  • Hyperhoax
    Hyperhoax 14 days ago

    I kinda had the same thoughts about a year ago, this got me from IT support to cyber security engineer in a few months and I really love this job

  • Michael
    Michael 14 days ago


  • Gaarp Kobayashi
    Gaarp Kobayashi 14 days ago

    Was cool walking with you and hearing what you had to say.

  • Ahmed Abdulwahed
    Ahmed Abdulwahed 14 days ago +1

    This is the wholesome content i want to see

  • Dennis Supertramp
    Dennis Supertramp 15 days ago

    how awesome is this guy??

  • Leo2245776
    Leo2245776 15 days ago

    So true. School for 99.9% of kids, doesn’t teach, it punishes. The only school system I somewhat like is the college system.

  • Ashen's Stuff
    Ashen's Stuff 15 days ago

    anyone else just really like the sick minecraft-lookin orca whale in the background at one part

  • Benjamin Amegatsey
    Benjamin Amegatsey 16 days ago


  • Jiabao Li
    Jiabao Li 17 days ago

    Thank you very much! Very helpful advises.

  • SuperSight
    SuperSight 17 days ago

    Brilliant storytelling.

  • Riflemanm16a2
    Riflemanm16a2 17 days ago

    "What I wish I *had known* when I was younger". No one knows how to use the subjunctive mood anymore.

  • Человечек Саша

    Ok, MIT wait for me)

  • sisocrack
    sisocrack 17 days ago

    Dude, the 4 hour work week it's a stupid book..... c'mon.

  • Novalium Company
    Novalium Company 17 days ago

    If you think can or you can't, you're right. - Henry Ford

  • Novalium Company
    Novalium Company 17 days ago +1

    5:55 He's playing Minecraft Earth and spreading wisdom at the same time. What a guy.

  • Novalium Company
    Novalium Company 17 days ago

    4:58 As a high school student, I agree

  • Jason Owen
    Jason Owen 17 days ago

    Is that a Lego killer whale?

  • Jason Owen
    Jason Owen 17 days ago

    Are you the Epoch Times guy?

  • Dan Kron
    Dan Kron 17 days ago

    it's beyond my comprehension how you have only 6.3M subscribers and Pewdiepie has 100M??? You deserve a lot more subscribers than this.... love your work! Thanks for Sharing!

  • Asif mallik
    Asif mallik 18 days ago

    I will owe my career to this guy.

  • Musices
    Musices 18 days ago

    What do you wish that you knew now?

  • D.B.
    D.B. 18 days ago

    I think this is great advice... but I would add something to young (& older) people.
    *Find a mentor.* Having someone challenge you, help you, show you a better way is the most incredible learning experience you’ll ever have. I’ve been lucky enough to have 1 or 2 mentors and they genuinely changed my life for the better!

  • 1000 Zasto
    1000 Zasto 18 days ago

    Thank you man!

  • Moltrox
    Moltrox 18 days ago

    Wow, very wise words. Very helpful.
    Also, you have a pretty cool beard.

  • Andrew Nelson
    Andrew Nelson 19 days ago

    That’s actually part of the serenity prayer, not quote.

    • Andrew Nelson
      Andrew Nelson 19 days ago

      Not that I don’t live everything Veritasium does. Just wanted to point that out.

  • Steve Booth
    Steve Booth 19 days ago

    I read this article once that said, "You can't ask for authority, you have to take it". I think they were right.

  • G P
    G P 19 days ago +1

    Vancouver is the nicest place I have ever been to in my whole life

  • ZimmMr
    ZimmMr 19 days ago

    Thank you!

  • Phi Lam Music
    Phi Lam Music 21 day ago

    This has probably been the most valuable TVclip video I’ve ever seen, no hyperbole. Thanks for this and I’ll be reflecting on it for awhile

  • Benjamin Kaul
    Benjamin Kaul 21 day ago

    this is the only actually motivational video i've found

  • Benjamin Kaul
    Benjamin Kaul 21 day ago

    this is how it bloody works

  • Isuru Pamuditha
    Isuru Pamuditha 22 days ago

    Truly inspiring. Thanks🔥

  • PurpleMomgoose
    PurpleMomgoose 25 days ago

    Why has Veritasium been renaming some old videos? Some of them ended up disappearing from my watch history :(

  • PurpleMomgoose
    PurpleMomgoose 25 days ago

    Why has Veritasium been renaming some old videos? Some of them ended up disappearing from my watch history :(

  • Ahmed Ali
    Ahmed Ali 25 days ago

    Lol poor dogs were like just give me the shock I can take it

  • christian gibson
    christian gibson 27 days ago

    Hi Derek, this all sounds like the much vaunted individualism - prevalent in the US political climate. The basic idea is that you have to learn to stand on your own two feet… relying on the community to help you is an anathema in the US! In Europe we temper individualism with compassion! BTW If you can do it yourself why seek help from others to produce and market ‘snatoms’? See: tvclip.biz/video/He30D8M5fNc/video.html

  • Keahi Bailey
    Keahi Bailey 28 days ago

    Graduated at 17?

    *Weird flex but okay*

  • darzgwapo
    darzgwapo Month ago

    I'm glad I clicked this.

  • Hikari9312
    Hikari9312 Month ago

    Thank you.
    I needed to hear this.

  • J S
    J S Month ago

    4:38 I can unequivocally say that this is the mindset of the majority of students that I tutored in college.

  • Liam C
    Liam C Month ago +2

    Short version: You're not entitled to anything, millennials.

  • Parimal Udapurkar
    Parimal Udapurkar Month ago

    Made me realise all the times in my life that I've "called the film director"

  • Jaime Pain Ortiz
    Jaime Pain Ortiz Month ago

    A now,.. he is Veritasium. 6.5M subscribers.

  • Addison Riggs
    Addison Riggs Month ago

    Excellent Message- could’ve saved school just with this thought line. Terrible experiments though

  • Aakash Goswami
    Aakash Goswami Month ago

    3:03 That happens to me everyday in maths