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April 12, 2021 20 min

To celebrate the 250th episode of seeds podcast this is a short talk I gave at the High School that I went to for about 60 Year 13 students reflecting on 15 things that I wish I had known when I was their age.  Hope you enjoy this as it is applicable to me today still.  For more information and interviews check out

What I wish someone had told me when I was 17 sitting in your seat …

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive. 

The value of . . .


Knowing who you are and letting that inform what you do.  Ring the bell.

Your reputation – both offline and online. 

Networks and staying in touch with others.

Being open to opportunities where others see a dead end.

Avoid letting fear shape your choices.


People who are dedicated and work hard are much ‘luckier’.

Always aiming to exceed expectations. How can you add value?

‘Wasted’ time and being faithful with little.

Splitting tasks - and most anything, into three. Start, middle, end.

Everyone has a story – if you think they are not interesting, it’s on you.


Learning from ‘failure’ and looking for the positive.  Compost for the next idea.

Leading when you are not in charge. You always lead at least one person – yourself.

A long term perspective and “becoming the person you would like to meet”.

Choose the less travelled path if there are two roads diverging.

Don’t wish for a time machine. Move on.

Stay curious.

Steven Moe
24 February 2021



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