What you will find below is a list of the most important things I learned from other people and books. Some of the lessons took me a long time to learn—but if I had had to learn these things all by myself, it would have taken me a lot longer. Here are 20 of those reminders that others taught me.
Enjoy small things.
I like clichés because they are true. Especially this one. You know why? Everyone says they know it, but no one lives up to it. They just chase big things.
Give without expecting something in return.
Don’t keep score. You will become a bitter person if you do that. Give solely for the joy of giving. If you get something in return, great. If you don’t, great.
I don’t mean you should be a pushover. You can be someone that doesn’t take sh*t and be nice about it. Just don’t insult people, think you’re better than them, or act like an idiot.
Complaining is the biggest waste of time there is. Either do something about it, or if you can’t, shut up about it.
Do what you love. Love what you do.
Yeah, it’s simple as that to succeed in life.
Say “thank you” to everyone and everything. “Thank you for this beautiful day.” “Thank you for your email.” “Thank you for being there for me.”
Don’t care about what other people think.
We all die in the end—do you really think it matters what people think of you?
Take action and do the work.
Don’t just sit there, do something. Without action, there is no outcome.
Don’t judge and blame people.
Just because people make different choices than you doesn’t mean they’re stupid. Also, you don’t know everything about people, so don’t judge them—help them.
Rest before you are tired.
Even if you love your job and every day seems like a holiday, you need to take time to rest. You’re a human, not an android. Never forget that.
A healthy body is where you have to start everything in life. If you can’t build a healthy and strong body, what can you build in life?
Learn every day.
You’ve got to train your brain to stay alert. You don’t have to read a book a day to learn every day. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the people around you—be open to what they can teach you.
Money isn’t important.
It really isn’t. But you have to train yourself not to care about money. Don’t become too dependent on the stuff you own; otherwise, the stuff will own you.
Don’t start a relationship if you’re not in love.
Don’t fool yourself. It’s not fair to you or the other person.
Struggle is good.
Never say, “I can’t take it anymore.” Instead say, “bring it on!”
Spend time with people you love.
That’s your family and best friends. If you don’t have a family, create one. Most people in life are only visitors. Family is for life.
Don’t take yourself so seriously.
Yeah, yeah, you’re an individual, and people have to take you seriously, I get it. But at the end of the day, we’re all a bunch of ants trying to chase the same things. Lighten up.
Never look back too long and let things go.
Reflecting on the past is only good for one thing: learning.
- Don’t think too much and take more risks.
Don’t be such a wimp.
Not to leave a legacy (you won’t be here to see it anyway), but to be of use. Make music, write a book, build a table—anything. You’ll feel good about yourself, plus you give something back to people to use or enjoy.
Featured image by @artist.nika