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Everyone Should Listen To Kerry Washington's Advice For Her Younger Self

"Just do your best, that's all that matters."

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Kerry Washington is basically perfect, or, at least as close to perfect as humankind will ever get.

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But even this flawless actor went through the hardships and difficulties of being a teenager, just like the rest of us.

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In a new video for Teen Vogue, Washington gives some super valuable advice to her 18-year-old self.

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Here's some of her best advice:

Take ownership over your own dreams and goals.

"Make sure that you are not pursuing the dreams that somebody thinks you should have, because dreams take a lot of work and a lot of support, and you'll be more inspired to go after them if they're really, really yours."
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"Make sure that you are not pursuing the dreams that somebody thinks you should have, because dreams take a lot of work and a lot of support, and you'll be more inspired to go after them if they're really, really yours."

Choose your friends and acquaintances wisely.

"Not just 'yes' people who tell you what you want to hear, but people who really love you for who you are and make you feel loved, and people who you want to love and make them feel good."
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"Not just 'yes' people who tell you what you want to hear, but people who really love you for who you are and make you feel loved, and people who you want to love and make them feel good."

Be true to yourself.

"Do what's right for you. You can't compare your insides with somebody else's outsides, 'cause you never know what's going on for somebody else, really."
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"Do what's right for you. You can't compare your insides with somebody else's outsides, 'cause you never know what's going on for somebody else, really."

You're not alone in your struggle.

"And the only way out is through."
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"And the only way out is through."

Take care of your mental health.

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The challenges you face will ultimately pay off in the long run.

"The things that challenge you the most in life are probably going to be the things that you look back on and are so grateful for because they made you better. So the things that challenge you, try to be grateful for them. Try to imagine how they have been put in your life specifically to help you."
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"The things that challenge you the most in life are probably going to be the things that you look back on and are so grateful for because they made you better. So the things that challenge you, try to be grateful for them. Try to imagine how they have been put in your life specifically to help you."

And all you can really do is put your best foot forward.

"That will lead you to where your'e supposed to go if you really are doing your best."
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"That will lead you to where your'e supposed to go if you really are doing your best."

Thanks for all the helpful advice, Kerry Washington!

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You can watch the full video on Teen Vogue.

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