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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  • PhischTV
    PhischTV 19 minutes ago

    I just watched for the Lego-orca at 06:11 :D

  • Djendo
    Djendo 7 hours ago

    Powerful words! Glad i watched this video!

  • Odysseas Aelara
    Odysseas Aelara 18 hours ago

    I don't get it

  • Eric Young VFX
    Eric Young VFX Day ago

    I wish I would have seen this when i was younger/

  • Steven
    Steven Day ago

    What the hell is that blurred out whale looking thing in the background and why is it blurred out anyway? Im confused.

  • Google Drive A
    Google Drive A Day ago

    You want someone else to get that control, but no one can really help you, thats where Im at this point, wise words..

  • Hello World
    Hello World Day ago

    Why do bicycleerrers have to bicycle so close to walkers??

  • Name not found
    Name not found Day ago +1

    Completely unrelated but that orca statue is really pretty.

    • Steven
      Steven Day ago

      How can you tell its blurred out? ...or atleast it is for me!

  • The Farce :D
    The Farce :D 2 days ago

    Thank You, I needed to hear this right now...

  • Ginkgostars7
    Ginkgostars7 2 days ago

    Awesome video! Thanks

  • sabitsuki
    sabitsuki 2 days ago

    This is a very American sentiment. "It's all you, you can make your dreams come true, it's the American dream."

  • Kah Yau Lim
    Kah Yau Lim 3 days ago

    I'm glad I see this when I'm 18

  • Rishee Deshmukh
    Rishee Deshmukh 3 days ago

    Now the film industry is lacking a handsome looking man who is truly a good natured man!

  • Rishee Deshmukh
    Rishee Deshmukh 3 days ago

    When you are watching the video but don't know how the video turned into a motivational video...

  • Hussein Hadi
    Hussein Hadi 3 days ago

    luv the content. ty man!

  • yash saxena
    yash saxena 3 days ago +1

    This is the best video I have seen on TVclip. Please remind me to watch this every week till I finally learn

  • seattlegrrlie
    seattlegrrlie 3 days ago

    I'm glad I watched this today. I'd worked a different employer who gave me the authority and power up to a point. The new place I'm at really shocked me because I don't have the information or the authority. I'm angry, frustrated, and leaving. Why? Because I shouldn't have to go to my boss for an answer I used to be able to just look up

  • Jack Payne
    Jack Payne 3 days ago

    I came because I'm fukking tired to see this video on main page. And, I'm gonna press that dislike button; maybe I can save myself from see that guy's face anymore.

  • Ls Parta
    Ls Parta 4 days ago

    It remind me of the kung fu panda where there are no secret ingredient because it`s just yourself

  • petroc62
    petroc62 4 days ago

    I don't think you have any idea how powerful this video is. It certainly came to me at a time when I needed it most. Thank you!

  • Regnum Obumbratio
    Regnum Obumbratio 4 days ago

    Kant and Hegel were academics without PhDs. If you're clever enough, it's possible.

  • Nurik Alijonov
    Nurik Alijonov 4 days ago

    thank you

  • MrManiac3
    MrManiac3 5 days ago

    Learned helplessness is definitely a part of American primary education.

  • chris collins
    chris collins 5 days ago

    Your words and the way you help me in thinking deep and thinking outside the box..... i do not have silver or gold today to give you in appreciation to what and how you do them but wan thing i have that i can give and that is worth more than gold is .................. Please dont stop what you do on this channel. Khris #veritasium

  • DJ BIS
    DJ BIS 5 days ago

    This was a great learning experience. Thank you.

  • JB Mixes
    JB Mixes 5 days ago

    That's a funny looking orca

  • Mughees Ahmed
    Mughees Ahmed 6 days ago

    One of the best videos I have seen on TVclip! This video really touched me and to let it soak in I didn't watch any videos on TVclip after this one.

  • Mr. NPC
    Mr. NPC 6 days ago

    like black people

  • En théo
    En théo 6 days ago +1

    I was going to give up my perpetual motion machine, but now thanks to your video, I will carry on till my death, I swear it !

    • En théo
      En théo 3 days ago

      Indeed, I was replying to the comment "Good luck on breaking laws of thermodynamics.
      You don't need to break these laws to get a perpetual motion machine. Depends what definition you have of "perpetual" (there are several out there). If by that you mean it will work eternally, then no it's not possible (until further notice ofc).

    • Plox
      Plox 3 days ago

      @En théo
      No one says "having a system bringing more energy than it consumes" is against thermodynamics ...
      Those are called exoterm reactions, which im pretty sure arent against thermodynamics.

    • En théo
      En théo 3 days ago

      But... but... he did say I should not stop because everyone thinks it's impossible ! Hence the fact that the definition of "what you can control" is sometimes beyond what you know, and giving up may be a good move actually.
      That video just treats the subject of perseverance (which was his only problem since he is already clever) but I guarantee you that many people will get this videos more like "don't give up that stupid project you have". Just read the comment section, does not seem promising.
      For the sake of argumentation, I'd say that having a system bringing more energy than it consumes is not against thermodynamic (see fusion), it's just creating energy out of nothing that is impossible (as far as we know).

    • Equintrinity
      Equintrinity 4 days ago

      Good luck on breaking laws of thermodynamics.

  • Tanishq das
    Tanishq das 6 days ago +1

    Great that I know about it now! I didnt know it was a recognised thing. I always asked for others help thinking they know better but in reality nobody really knows everything and it's just a matter of initiative to get going

  • Ankur Gaur
    Ankur Gaur 6 days ago

    Love your advice:)

  • Turtle
    Turtle 6 days ago

    Why do I watch this at 3 am when i have to go to bed

  • SiddhaSadha
    SiddhaSadha 6 days ago


  • aluisious
    aluisious 6 days ago +7

    Things I've learned:
    You're going to die, so whatever. It's nice that you can do nifty things now, but reeeeeally whatever you do is a fart in the wind compared to the black hole churning at the center of the galaxy, deciding the fate of millions of worlds. Maybe if you just get over yourself you might be happier. Go look at a flower. There were flowers a billion years ago and there will be flowers on other worlds a trillion years after you die. Flowers are neat.
    No matter what cool idea you come up with for your life, it is absolutely dwarfed by all the cool stuff you couldn't possibly have the chance to do. Are you a concert pianist? Pretty dope, but you won't be an astronaut, or a Senator, or an Admiral, or a gymnast touring the world, or the old lady everyone loves who bakes the best cookies, or an old sailor making his way through the Panama Canal on his way to offload his cargo, or the startup tech genius, or that guy who gets all the ladies, or a race car driver, or the engineer building the race cars. So...get over it. Just enjoy the ride.
    Pretty sure animals intuitively know both of these things. Humans have perfected an odd state of making ourselves miserable through sheer imagination. We have satellites and computers as a result, and maybe one day that will lead to something. But you're still going to be some dude in his dusty living room getting mad about the news headlines and wishing you had just that little bit more money for that thing that's a bit better than the thing you have. And you're wasting your time.

  • Hen Hen 601
    Hen Hen 601 6 days ago


  • Falnésio Borges
    Falnésio Borges 6 days ago

    Prep talk I needed right now, nothing new, but it feels good to be told this to my face.

  • Pomegranate Pro
    Pomegranate Pro 6 days ago +1

    Here is an example.
    My highschool late bell was at 7:35.
    At 7:35-7:45 was Homeroom for attendence. A waste of time standing around for the actual bell to ring to walk to the other side of the school in the next 5 minutes for the first period class.
    Now the school 7:35 bell was actually set for about 7:32 or 7:33.
    I had a 25 minute drive to school and would get there almost at 7:33 everytime. Of course with the bell being early the front doors would lock. The secretary had a window to see who they were about to unlock the door for and would never look up until the bell rang.
    I'd walk and they would say what is your excuse
    I didnt have a license so i'd say I have no choice when i get here because I rely on my parents to drive me I get here when they get me here. Of course trying to act professsional the laid off english teacher who somehow became the principal would say ITS My responsibility to make sure I get to school on time. The same principal that had several gramatical errors in my college recommendation letter. Double standard here. Their bell is 2-3 minutes early and 250 highschoolers are supposed to accommodate that as if everyone lives by that schools clock that is unprofessionally maintained and the principal is so anal up until the very second of everyones arrival.
    And a reminder that class does not start for the next 15 minutes and the teachers also take attendence.
    The principal would tell her secretary to lie that she was not in if a parent she did not want to deal with called in advance for a meeting or even to talk on the phone.
    You had to walk in unannounced to speak with her. Even then the secretary lied to my mother saying the principal was not in that day. My mother was angry and said she would wait. They put her in the conference room to speak with someone to take notes on what she had to say. Minutes later the principal peaked in to see what was happening to which my mother replied with
    "What a pleasant surprise!" "Your secretary didn't know you were in today, you may want to let her know." "Now why dont you sit down here so we can have a little chat."

  • SFS- trainer
    SFS- trainer 6 days ago

    Ok I'm going to call NASA again

  • Moist Breakfast
    Moist Breakfast 6 days ago

    This is vsause on a budget.

  • Adam Y
    Adam Y 6 days ago

    Great video man

  • Omar Guerra
    Omar Guerra 6 days ago

    This is all on purpose the government wants robots and robots they are creating. Why because without them there is no business if everybody figure out their own “potential” everybody woulf work for them self which is not a bad thing bbut at a large scale in a *capitalist* economy it almost imposible because without robots the base of a business crashes and people are realizing it at least here in omaha NE so many business are closing because people reslize you can do better in your own so they quit their jobs etc. And in school those who reslize this esrly are normally the succesful ones

  • The WiZZiE
    The WiZZiE 6 days ago

    Thank you so much for this advice.

  • Grey Aria
    Grey Aria 6 days ago

    When I hear stuff like this it frustrates me deeply. It feels like those of us, and let's be honest here, most of us, who try and fail to ever amount to anything didn't try hard enough. Like it's our fault that working two jobs still won't pay the rent. Like it's our fault that it's getting harder and harder to find good employment or even housing near good employment. When I hear tone-deaf, 'inspirational' speeches like this from someone who has probably never been homeless or never had to live in crime infested neighborhoods, or has ever had to deal with the color of their skin or their gender determining whether or not they were worthy of a chance, it just reinforces the social disparity that so many people in the middle and upper middle class say that they're aware of, yet ignore.
    I don't care about all the hate that I'm about to get for posting this comment. It needs to be said. I really loved this channel until this video. And it's enough to make me unsub. I don't care to support someone who would post a video about learned helplessness but not acknowledge that it's a much larger and more nuanced issue than that. I feel that if you're gonna preach your opinion on something like this, you need to back it up with a whole lot more than a 9 minute video.
    And to whoever decides to reply to this comment, don't expect an answer. I know this platform well enough to know what sort of comments I can expect and I'm not even gonna bother reading 'em.

  • Okan Bilgin
    Okan Bilgin 6 days ago +1

    I think this is the best motivational speech ever made. At least for me.

  • William Bennett
    William Bennett 7 days ago +8

    I watched this four years ago, and the algorithm shoved it in my face again right when I needed it. hmm...

  • Adam Kendall
    Adam Kendall 7 days ago

    Throw a tire around my opponents neck and light it on fire ~ also Mandela

  • Zaiyern Shareef
    Zaiyern Shareef 7 days ago


  • Rakesh Rox
    Rakesh Rox 7 days ago +1

    Sir. I can't thank you enough for this video. I love all your videos but this, this might have just changed my life. Thank you. I appreciate what you are doing.

  • Jason Ellwinger
    Jason Ellwinger 7 days ago

    HEY, 2:28, Shack on Stilts... what is that?

  • Making Games
    Making Games 7 days ago

    OH YES! Education induces the learned helplessness respons. Especially when you are not a "normal" kid.
    And this is coming from a teacher, who tries very hard not to be a part of that..
    I feel the education system in Holland at least is more about producing model-citizens from a cookie cutter than inspiring original thought or learning how to monetise your own quirks or god -forbid learn how your mind works... Some of us teachers do our best, but the whole system is very restrictive and I´d like to apologise for that. It can be changed, but it will take a long time.
    Try not to get to messed up in the meantime. Don´t believe what you are told, try to see it as a challenge to overcome.

  • Julija Cesnulaityte
    Julija Cesnulaityte 7 days ago

    Wow! Such an amazing message! I’m always feeling scared and reaching for others help when it comes to work, and I have never thought about the control that i have of it. This is so motivating! Thank you 😊

  • Tomáš Ondráček
    Tomáš Ondráček 7 days ago

    Good one :-)

  • Meme Man Wizard Master

    i wish i knew calculus when i was younger but you dont see me bitching

  • Katieboil Anegg
    Katieboil Anegg 7 days ago

    This chanel tries to be clever, but the grammar is shocking. Correction: I wish I had known him when I was little.

  • Le Garson
    Le Garson 7 days ago

    Thanks TVclip algorithm. This has changed the way I see the world, 4 years later.

  • Jack Xiao
    Jack Xiao 7 days ago

    Take some acting classes, you can play Elon Musk, maybe a role in Marvel.

  • Skightt
    Skightt 7 days ago

    Could be science but I think those children/adults(?) just wanted to know that they were better than their seniors

  • Alex Klausenstock
    Alex Klausenstock 7 days ago


  • Omar TourLapse
    Omar TourLapse 7 days ago

    This just popped up on my homepage. How hadn't I watched it earlier?

    MISTER AGB 7 days ago +2

    Thank you so much, I'm going to be listening to this alot.

  • Akshat Saxena
    Akshat Saxena 7 days ago

    I'm 17 and was kind of confused but I guess this video helped me a lot, thank you Derek

  • Laine Harmon
    Laine Harmon 7 days ago

    I wish i knew how to change it. It’s like I’m one of the dogs but i can’t get out of the shock zone i don’t know what to do.

  • Fred Featherhat
    Fred Featherhat 7 days ago

    This video was recommended at just the right time!

  • 7cle
    7cle 7 days ago

    Thank you. Good resource for teachers. They should know this. It will also help me as a parent. I wish I had known this 35 years ago.

  • SirOee
    SirOee 7 days ago

    I got so many thoughts from this

  • Carl Hjerpe
    Carl Hjerpe 7 days ago

    You're amazing, though i must say that the CuriosityStream stuff you made wasn't as cool as your TVclip stuff, which is amazing. Thanks!

  • Raúl Andreas Sanjinés Morató

    hey, did you change the title to something more "viraly"?

  • Simon Schulz
    Simon Schulz 7 days ago

    That punishment is called french lessons😂

  • The Amazing Channel
    The Amazing Channel 7 days ago

    a minecraft dolphin build tutorial??

  • Fetti Doris
    Fetti Doris 7 days ago

    Wow thanks, now I feel even worse about sitting on my lazy ass all day long...

  • Ashu Kumar
    Ashu Kumar 7 days ago

    Honestly, videos like this generate more revenue than clickbaits.

  • A Aricha
    A Aricha 7 days ago

    Still relevant today and in the years to come.

  • ShadowZZZ
    ShadowZZZ 8 days ago +4

    Your believes influence your actions. Whether you think you're competent or not, you're often right.

  • Oliver Cordingley
    Oliver Cordingley 8 days ago

    Lovely view of your neck :)

  • Daniel Pinheiro
    Daniel Pinheiro 8 days ago

    Thank You.

  • nomen nominandum
    nomen nominandum 8 days ago

    this also applies for doctors.
    there is not this one replaceable doctors carreer.
    inform yourself about the many possible and individual carreers of beeing a MD

  • TheHueisOver™
    TheHueisOver™ 8 days ago

    Weren't you the kid in unbreakable?

  • Graeme Gets
    Graeme Gets 8 days ago

    Thanks :-)

  • Wumbo Account
    Wumbo Account 8 days ago

    They shocked dogs....... damn

  • Rydien Feraux
    Rydien Feraux 8 days ago

    I lived in Vancouver for two years, I used to be one of those guys longboarding around. Because your video was just you walking around, no song and dance, just strolling, it really brought me back to the place. Thanks dude :)

  • Satan
    Satan 8 days ago

    I'm kinda glad I found this while I'm still young ..

  • Fithvial
    Fithvial 8 days ago

    About the task involving the employee with the problem...this can backfire drastically because there is a chance that what you may of thought was the correct way to solve the problem is actually not that obvious or intuitive. I speak from personal experience. Never assume. Ask the employer because then the earnest is on him, so if it backfires it wasn't your fault. Always cover your arse and read the company's SOP.

  • Soumitra Pandit
    Soumitra Pandit 8 days ago

    Thank you, man.

    ROGER 8 days ago +6

    "What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger"

  • Chiranjit Ray
    Chiranjit Ray 8 days ago

    So relatable this

  • Ucmh
    Ucmh 8 days ago

    God DAMN that's a handsome young man!

  • Istvan Homoki
    Istvan Homoki 8 days ago

    This is a comment

  • Julian
    Julian 8 days ago

    thank you
    thanks for everything you've done
    not just this video
    but everything
    you've captured my interest of science in all your videos
    and this video (even though it's unusual) gives me hope

  • Andrew McDonald
    Andrew McDonald 8 days ago

    I only clicked for the blocky whale.

  • Hi Matt
    Hi Matt 8 days ago

    I think another point that comes hand in hand with this is not to assume your superiors have the right answer to a problem or know any better.

  • ProSkillzGod 96
    ProSkillzGod 96 8 days ago +1

    5:46 you have minecraft earth?

  • Andrei Spiridonov
    Andrei Spiridonov 8 days ago

    this is so great in so simple words

  • ProSkillzGod 96
    ProSkillzGod 96 8 days ago +5

    2:29 "where should we put the maintenance shack"
    "Just 12 feet off the ground"
    "Bu... I dont get paid enough for this."

  • ttarabbia
    ttarabbia 8 days ago


  • Ardy Bosman
    Ardy Bosman 8 days ago

    Very inspiring lad

  • Samagra Dev
    Samagra Dev 8 days ago +1


    • catnaplap pdx
      catnaplap pdx 7 days ago

      "Whah? You took me seriously? You kids got a lot to learn."

  • Janez Strukelj
    Janez Strukelj 8 days ago

    This is great!

  • Vincent Dutton
    Vincent Dutton 8 days ago

    So simple but brilliant

  • lumpianguod
    lumpianguod 8 days ago

    I felt sad. I wish I also knew this when I was younger. I was fearless when I was a child but, lost my confidence along the way. This vid made me realize what went wrong. I wish I could still flip this over, thanks for encouragement.