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14 Life Lessons We Learned From YouTube Star Tyler Oakley

Because Tyler's wisdom is almost as infinite as his selection of hairstyles.

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1. On shutting down bullying:

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"If it's happening in person, I would say reach out for help. That is the bravest thing you can do. If it's happening online, mute it, block it, don't respond."

2. On receiving and giving ~ALL THE LOVE~:

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"Yes, I notice it, I feel it, I just want to give it 100% back to you."

3. On appreciation:

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"I guess you think about being grateful when you're making, like, an acceptance speech or when you have a huge accomplishment, but it's the day-to-day things that I think you should be even more grateful for because that's the life you live."

4. On changing for others:

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"If I am ever tempted to change myself for other people, I have to remind myself that years from now, those people might be gone and I will still be stuck with who I wanted to try to be."

5. On chilling the eff out:

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"It is so simple: Don't be so nervous. If I could turn back time, I would spend so much less time worrying about what other people thought of me."

6. On generosity:

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"But it is, 'Nobody has ever gone poor by giving.' And I think it's something that really applies to everybody's lives and how they should live their lives, whether it's physically or spiritually or emotionally."

7. On correcting people who assume you're straight:

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"Honestly, if you were out and comfortable, I would do it as soon as possible because then down the line, it won't be really awkward had they been, like, being, 'Have you got a girlfriend?' for like eight years."

8. On the best way to hit on a dude:

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"It's very simple: Just give him a little bit of this. And then a little bit more of this. And then before you know it...he'll at least ask you if you need help getting whatever you have in your eye out of your eye."

9. On being your real damn self:

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"But it's just very transparent when you're just not being authentic to you. So I always say, 'Be the first-rate you, not the second-rate somebody else.'"

10. On staying humble:

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"It's actually really easy. All you do is apply this simple mechanism to your head — and you can make it at home — and the fame just can't get to your head."

11. On gathering gays for an LGBT club:

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"And the number one way to get anybody to come to any club is free food. Order a pizza. There's free food. Come on over. Everyone's going to come. Trust me. That is how you catch a gay: free food."

12. On waiting to choose your major:

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"You can spend the first year, year and a half, two years, taking all of the general classes that everybody has to take and be undecided — that's a thing."

13. On not giving a freakin' crap:

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"So, I have kind of taken it upon myself to just do whatever the crap I want to do, and if that pleases you, I don't care. If it doesn't please you, I don't care."

14. On how much <3 you need to show yourself:

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"Rosey would like to know, 'Do you love yourself?' Well, Rosey, I love myself every...single...day."

All images courtesy of Tyler Oakley.

For more life lessons and more of the iconic Tyler Oakley, check out his YouTube channel.

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