30 Life Lessons I Wish I Had Known 20 Years Ago

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Life is unexpected, spontaneous, and can be crazy as hell. The bottom line is it’s never too late to make a change.

30 Life Lessons I Wish I Had Known 20 Years Ago:

1. You’re stronger than you think you are
You can press forward long after you can’t. It’s a matter of wanting it bad enough.

2. It’s okay to be selfish
While being selfless is an amazing quality to possess, don’t let your own happiness be deflected because you are trying to please everyone around you.

3. Give up worrying about what others think of you
It’s a waste of time.

4. Don’t judge
Encourage everyone to be themselves. If they aren’t hurting you, why be judgmental towards them?

5. Travel
Being stuck in the same city all the time limits your potential growth. Take spontaneous road trips, go to exotic places, and learn new cultures. Go experience the world.

6. Be passionate about something
If you are passionate about something, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks. That’s how dreams are achieved.

7. Laugh at yourself
Do it often. It’s healthy.

8. Be decisive
Don’t just sit there, do something. Without action, there is no outcome.

9. Pick a job that you love
Do what you love, not what you think you’re supposed to do.

10. Money isn’t everything
It really isn’t. Don’t become too dependent on the stuff you own otherwise the stuff will own you. If you want to feel rich, just count all the great things you have that money can’t buy.

11. Be nice to people
Don’t insult people, think you’re better than them, or act like an idiot.

12. Learn something new every day
Learn from the people around you. Be open to what they can teach you.

13. Give solely for the joy of giving
If you get something in return, fantastic. If you don’t, it’s no big deal.

14. Learn from your mistakes
No matter how many mistakes you make, or how many times you fail, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. Sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together

15. Everything is negotiable
Negotiation, like any skill, takes time and practice to learn. The key to a truly successful negotiation is to value yourself and know what you need.

16. Spend time with people you love
Most people in life are only visitors. Family is for life.

17. Trust your gut
When you look back at decisions you’ve made in the past, you’ll realize it was usually your gut feeling was usually right.

18. Don’t complain
Be grateful and thankful for every day. Remember there’s always someone who is having a worse day that you.

19. Communicate your feelings
Talking about issues as they arise is way better than bottling up your emotions until they blow up.

20. Don’t burn bridges
The world is much smaller than you think — especially in the professional world.

21. Your health is your wealth
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?

22. Make every day worth it
If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, you’ll often find that you’re right.

23. Be passionate about something
Having passion towards anything makes your life more interesting and keeps you motivated to seek better for yourself as well.

24. Enjoy the small things
Cliché, I know, but no one lives up to it. Take the time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

25. Be a leader
You become leader when you decide to become one. There’s no initiation or a title. Just a decision

26. Don’t take yourself so seriously
Don’t be afraid to take risks and step out of your comfort zone. At the end of the day, you’re just a number. When you die, the world will keep spinning.

27. Be creative
Create something — anything. Make music, build furniture, start a blog, restore a car. You are limited only by your own imagination. Let it fly.

28. Never look back too long
Reflecting on the past is only good for one thing— learning.

29. Be nice to yourself
You are what you are. Don’t try to figure it all out. Simply enjoy the journey.

30. Add Tabasco to everything
Tasteless toast? Dreary eggs? Add Tabasco to any dish and it will instantly taste better.