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Ultimate List of Life Lessons

Below are some short life lesson concepts you may draw upon for inspiration in your Share Life writing.

Family is the first essential cell of human society – Pope John XXIII

Great families make great societies

People solve problems, not governments

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

You are important, so is everyone else, especially to themselves

Live a good set of values and do not compromise your values – ever

Make every moment count

Develop good habits

Do your best

Be as good as you can be

Be kind to everyone

Write down your thoughts – writing will clarify your thoughts

Don’t be afraid to be ambitious

Think win-win

Listen to that voice inside of you – it’ll save you a lot of heartaches

Try not to worry too much

Honesty is everything

Do things in harmony with your soul

Life goes quickly – don’t forget to enjoy it

Keep enjoying the small moments with your family

The best version of you is you – don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t

If you aren’t the real you, you cannot attract the people best for you

If you’re not yourself, you cannot meet the right person for you

You are the 6 people you most associate with – choose wisely

Not everyone will like you – that’s totally fine

There’s no such thing as love at first sight

You cannot force anyone to love you

Love and respect yourself first – only then can you love another fully

Look after yourself

Open communication builds deeper relationships – at some point, you have to be willing to be vulnerable to know if you have something real

Marriage is not a partnership of equals – each partner brings different strengths to the table

Everything in life is on a bell curve – seek as much as possible to be on the better side of average

Give credit where credit is due – never accept the glory as yours and yours alone

Stay curious

Appreciate what you have – do not resent what you don’t have

Find joy in the little things

Don’t sweat the small stuff – you have bigger things to focus on

Freely give and expect in return – trust, honesty, and respect – but to each at a different level

Have tolerance with other people

Help your kids to not want to grow up too fast – there’s no rush

Your health is your most valuable asset

Take care of your health early

Love is healthy

Touching heals, keep hugs and touches in your relationships – it’s important

Choose kindness

Only you have the power to create the life you want

Smiles are free and easy to give

Honesty is the best policy

Above all, be honest with yourself

Be who you are – do not compromise yourself to conform

Lying erodes your spirit – always

Walk your own path – do not compromise yourself in the name of conformity

Self-assurance is more important than confidence

As much as possible, speak your mind – be true to yourself

If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will

You’ll be surprised by people – good and bad

People won’t tell you what they think of you, but they will tell others – be careful

Good manners matter

Eat good food

Anything in excess is not healthy – avoid excess

Take responsibility for what you’ve done and what you’ve not done

It’s okay to say you’re wr …, wro …, wrong (that’s tough!)

Good things don’t come easy

Setting goals and working toward those goals is important

Be flexible with your goals

Nobody is self-made

Do not be a snob

Begin with the end in mind

Understand the difference between what is important and what is urgent – prioritize accordingly

Don’t hesitate when you should act

Live and let live

Pay it forward

Serving others adds meaning to your life

Develop a healthy relationship with money – money is useful, but cannot rule your thinking

Money doesn’t solve problems

Time is money

Pace yourself – you can’t do everything at once

Work hard, play hard, laugh hard

You’re going to have to work – you might as well do a good job

You’re going to have to work – ensure you mix some fun into your job

Work smart, not hard

Be loyal to your loved ones and to people who have helped you along the way

Doing what’s easy and comfortable leads to unhappiness – there are no shortcuts

Pour your heart into all you do

Live each day to the fullest and with your best effort – fall asleep quickly


“Things” are not valuable – people are, thoughts are, your spirit is, life is …

The most valuable things are not things

Enjoy Nature

You can’t please everyone

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

People cannot read your mind, express yourself

Deep, heartfelt conversations are rare and are a gift – seek those willing to engage

Be proactive

Friends are important – be a good friend

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me

Never compromise your integrity – live an honorable life

Never give up – be tenacious and determined to see things through

Who you were in the past does not determine who you can be moving forward

You don’t always get what you want

There are no perfect people, no perfect families

It’s not all about you

You’ll be scared to do things, but do them anyway

There’s no shame in not knowing

The older you get, the less you know

Give love with everything you got

Love is more than a feeling – its a decision

Keep things in perspective

Complaining takes no talent, anyone can do it – getting to solutions proves talent

Don’t take anyone or anything for granted

If you want to grow, you cannot stay in your comfort zone

Sometimes saying nothing is more appropriate than talking

Do not resist change – become a change agent

Life can change in an instant -appreciate what you have, while you still have it

Experience is life’s greatest teacher – you’ll make mistakes along the way – so be it

Nobody gets through life without battle scars

No pain no gain

Do not avoid difficult issues – they do not go away by themselves

Be the chess player, not the pawn

There will always be someone better than you – it’s not a competition, walk your path

Make yourself necessary and you will always be needed

Your thoughts are like boomerangs – what you pass to others is what will come back to you

For every action, there’s an equal opposite reaction

You are defined more by what comes out of your mouth than what goes in it

If you do nothing, nothing can go wrong – but you will accomplish nothing

Your education is never complete

A good reputation is more valuable than money

You get more by giving more

The world wants to extract money from your wallet

Businesses pay big money to marketing experts to manipulate your thinking

Avoid fads

Rule your mind or it will rule you

Keep an open mind – but that doesn’t mean you have to accept everything

Great heroes are truly humble

Your thoughts are powerful, make them positive

Forgiveness benefits two people – the giver and receiver

Preparation is a stepping stone to success

You are constantly creating your own reality

Envy consumes itself – and it will take you with it

You can become bitter or better as a result of your circumstances – but it is a choice

When you’re going in the right direction, all you need to do is keep walking

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Keep things as simple as possible – life can only get more complex – find ways to simplify

Never take your siblings for granted

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

You can win a battle while losing the war

Do not hang on to grudges – forgive, let things go – you’ll be better off

If you’re not having fun along the way, what’s the point?

Take time to play, rest, and sleep

Never underestimate the power of compound interest

Life is change, nothing stays the same, for nobody

Sharpen the saw – keep improving yourself, always

Be happy

Keep smiling


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