It wasn’t that long ago that it was birthday and I turned 28. Instead of freaking out that I am the oldest I have ever been, I’m going to recap on some of the life lessons I have learnt so far. This list is in no way definitive or complete, but just what came to mind. I will also say that some of the things that made the list are not totally new but I have attained a far greater understanding of them.
- You don’t need 8 hours sleep every night. We all love our sleep but you are able to achieve things at night which you couldn’t during the day so make the most of your time. We all get 24hrs a day.
- The grass is not always greener. Often it is the same grass.
- There is no such thing as failure, only feedback. When things don’t work as plan, take the feedback on board and try another approach.
- You don’t always have to do the talking. We have two ears and one mouth so we are actually encouraged to listen more by our bodies. Try it sometime.
- What you put in is what you will get out. Make the most of an opportunity because you don’t know where it will lead.
- If you don’t know it you can always Google it. I love Google!
- Any situation in life can be found in Seinfeld or The Simpsons. It is amazing how you can reference these programs in everyday life.
- Always have something to write your thoughts. Notepad, electronic device or a voice recorder. Your ideas are valuable!
- Friendship will come and will also go. Be comfortable with saying goodbye if they are no longer helping you grow and move forward.
- If you are not growing, you are dying. If you aren’t growing than look for new challenges.
- Back yourself in every situation. You will be surprised what you can achieve when you place confidence into your abilities.
- Books are not just for school. Learn to enjoy reading and make it a daily habit. It is amazing what you can do when you learn from others.
- Food choices are the keys to your weight. A healthier you starts with the fuel you put into your body.
- You can survive without a licence. 28 years and I don’t think I have thought once “I wish I had a car license”. It is not as important as some people make it out to be.
- You don’t have to spend your entire pay check. Learn to put money away for a rainy day and strive not to live one paycheck at a time.
- You don’t need to know everything. Learn to immerse yourself instead of dabbling. Being to master your skills/knowledge rather than being a jack of all trades. Play to your strengths.
- Take action. Knowledge isn’t power, power is found in taking action. Very few people make thought a reality because of a fear of failure.
- We all have 24hrs in a day. We all have the same amount of time so a lack of time should never be an excuse. Many before you have accomplished great things with the same amount of time.
- It’s exciting traveling on your own. Something I thought that would be scary and lonely is actually a hell of a lot of fun. You are forced out of your comfort zone and meet new people. You get to do what you want to do.
- Don’t be afraid to pay extra for quality food. The extra money you spend now will save you double compared to the health costs down the track. Never substitute quality for price.
- The past does not equal the future. What worked and didn’t work in the past will not have always have the same effects in the future. We have all grown as a person, we have new knowledge and new skills. If something didn’t work for you in the past, don’t be afraid to try again. Things have changed!
- Don’t do what poor people do. Successful people do what other people don’t do so if you want to be successful you need to start a new series of patterns.
- People always act with the best intentions. It may not seem like it at times, however; we all aiming for the best outcome. Try to understand people’s motives and “walk in their shoes”.
- Mondays are awesome. You might have Monday-itus now but if something ever happened to you (and I wish nothing ever does), you will want every day that it available to you. Make the most of every day.
- Everybody can teach you something. We are all experts in one area of our lives so be open to learning from others. It’s amazing what you can pick up from your peers and those around you.
- Adults can learn from children. Why do we hide the fantastic characteristics of being child? Have fun, be curious and get up when you fall down.
- You will miss out unless you ask. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Nobody knows what you want unless you tell people.
- Success is journey and not a destination. Enjoy the process and when you reach a landmark, celebrate then continue to the next landmark. Never stop the momentum because you may not get it back.
So that is my list of 28 lessons I have learnt at 28 years of age. What would make your list?
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