I hope you had a great weekend. I did and am extremely grateful for all the birthday messages as I celebrated 37 spins around the sun on Friday.
As such, I wanted to provide you some birthday value and share a few lessons from my journey thus far that I know to be true, and trust they can benefit your life.
- Move your body and sweat every day. And while this is important for your body, your mind will benefit the most.
- Life isn’t long. In fact, time is your most important commodity which is fleeting. Don’t waste it otherwise you will live with regret.
- Short term: take massive action, long term: have patience. This is a very good strategy for a successful life.
- Drink more water.
- Be the hardest working person in the room. Period.
- Travel as far and wide as possible and to 1 new place every year. Even if you have to sleep on couches and scrape pennies together to do this, you will become a better and more interesting person.
- Eat less sugar, and more nutrient dense foods. Your body will respond and feel much better.
- No one owes you anything. If you live an entitled life, while short term it feels good, long term you will suffer.
- Live abroad for at least 12 months of your life and ideally in a 3rd world country. This will build your confidence, teach you humility and make you a better person.
- Pick a new hobby and dedicate yourself to consistent & weekly pursuit of mastery every decade. Your life will be enriched.
- Sleep is critical for a successful and happy life.
- Have more patience with yourself and others. Life is hard and we are all doing the best we know how.
- Tackle your problems head on. Otherwise, they grow and ultimately get worse with time and avoidance.
- People will learn from what you do, not what you tell them.
- Practice Ronald Reagan’s rule number 6. What is rule number 6? Don’t take yourself to seriously, no one is getting out alive.
- Take extreme ownership of your situation and your life. Stop pointing fingers & playing the victim. You might have been wronged, but it’s still your responsibility to fix. Which also means that in any situation, you are also the solution.
- When you mess up, apologize promptly and deeply mean it. Learn from it and then move on. We all make mistakes so don’t live with regret.
- Accept the things you cannot change. Change the things you can. And pray for the wisdom to know the difference. (that’s easier said than done).
- Remember that the more you learn, the less you realize you know.
- In every situation you encounter, leave it better than you found it.
I trust you got some value, and here is to another year of learning and growth.
Love, respect and gratitude,