21 Lessons Learned in Life So Far

Life is a game where everyone dies in the end. How we act when we are playing is the only thing we control so better to have some fun and make something worthwhile while we are here.

Embrace uncertainty and expect good things to happen to you.

Consistency is better than motivation. When you are consistent, you’ll be motivated often. And that’s more powerful than only taking action when motivated. What if you are only motivated once or twice in a month or once in a week.

We can’t change what has happened. But we have what we do now and in the moments to come. Seize the now, without worrying about the past.

The more you do, the less scared or anxious you are.

Life is too short to hold grudges. Better spend your energy somewhere that lifts you up instead of pulling you down.

Don’t be too high during highs in life and do not go too low, when experiencing lows.

Think of the second and third-degree effects of whatever you do. The first-degree effect of eating poorly is malnutrition or getting fat, the second-degree effect is a disease, the third-degree effect is untimely death or loss of mobility at the usual time.

Don’t take advice from those who have not done what you want to do.

Time is the best healer.

It is ok to be in a job, but do build someone on a side as a hedge against the uncertainty that comes with a job.

One can get rich while in a job, you just need to choose the right one.

Know your values and let them guide your actions. They are like you are inner-embedded.

People don’t act on free or cheap advice, that’s why when selling advice they always sell it for a premium because the buyer will be invested more and get more value out of it because they will take action. In the end, premium consulting attracts the right kind of buyers, who value high-value advice and take action and results. A win-win.

Be honest and kind. Tough to practice because honesty can be brutal. 

We don’t live to work. But through work, we live our life’s purpose. So give value to work, but not so much that it comes in the way of living.

Don’t spend time on bullshit. Most meetings, people you don’t like, engaging in conversations you won’t have, activities with no return on the time you invest in them are all bullshit.

If you ask yourself what you spend your time on that’s bullshit, you probably already know the answer. Unnecessary meetings, pointless disputes, bureaucracy, posturing, dealing with other people’s mistakes, traffic jams, addictive but unrewarding pastimes.

Find something that meets these three criteria, you enjoy doing, you grow doing it and it makes you money. That’s the vocation to go after.

As soon as you can, stop trading time for money.

Memories over stuff. Always.

And when you do buy stuff, buy the best you can, something that can last a lifetime.

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