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AboutThings I Wish I'd Known
AuthenticityBe yourself – if you’re a conformist, you’ll never stand out
AuthenticityBe yourself – you cannot make the right kind of friends for you … if you’re not you
AuthenticityBe yourself – the most likable version of you is you
AuthenticityIf you seek only to fit in, in time, you will not understand yourself
AuthenticityDon’t be in a rush to grow up
AuthenticityBe authentic, be vulnerable – truth results in connection with people that are right for you
AuthenticityDon’t let societal pressures drive you – do what you are set on doing – but do something
AwarenessThe world mostly wants to extract money from your wallet
AwarenessThere are only virtuous circles and downward spirals – nothing stays the same
AwarenessYou are the average of the five people you spend the most time with — be careful who you surround yourself with
AwarenessYour thoughts create your reality
AwarenessUnderstand the difference between urgent and important
AwarenessDon’t take yourself too seriously
AwarenessListen to your gut – failure to listen to your gut will lead to bad outcomes
AwarenessLife Goes Fast – live each moment
AwarenessAs you get older, time goes more quickly
AwarenessDon’t believe everything you hear/see
AwarenessHang with people who are better than you -- they'll help you grow
AwarenessThe decisions you make today will impact tomorrow
AwarenessEverything in life is on a bell curve – seek to be above average in all facets of life
AwarenessThere are a thousand ways to say anything – choose your words
CourageDo not resist change – life is change, you’re better off leading change than letting change lead you
CourageAlways push your personal envelope – stagnation will destroy your spirit
CourageDon’t change your dreams for someone else
CourageNervous anticipation is almost always worse than when the time comes
CourageLearn to live with and accept uncertainty
CourageDo some crazy stuff – life’s too short to keep it safe all the time
CourageIt’s okay to ask for help
CourageBe as fearless as you can be
CourageAccepting help doesn’t mean you’re weak
CourageIt’s okay to say “no”
CourageSometimes you just have to dive in and figure it out as you go
CourageIt’s okay to be selfish sometimes
EffectivenessMap out a five-year plan
EffectivenessPlanning is critical – even though little turns out as planned
ExperienceRead, learn – never stop improving yourself
ExperienceDon’t always go for the bigger money – seek to build experience and knowledge
HealthIts never too late to start taking care of yourself
HealthSee your dentist regularly
HealthInvest in your health
HealthQuit tanning
HealthMake exercise a priority
HealthCut out toxic relationships
HealthForgive others
HealthForgive Yourself
HealthDon’t compare yourself to others, your journey is your journey
HealthYour body is your greatest gift, take care of it
HealthDress well – look sharp
HealthSpeak well
HealthGet your sleep
InitiativeDon’t put off today what can be done tomorrow – tomorrow is not guaranteed
InitiativeIf you don’t try, you cannot fail
InitiativeSeize the day
InitiativeIf you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time
InitiativeProcrastination is your biggest enemy
Inner PeaceLook for the good in everything
Inner PeaceForgive others, don’t hold onto resentment – resentment only hurts you
Inner PeaceEnjoy the simple moments
Inner PeaceLife can only get more complex – seek to keep things simple
IntegrityMoney is not the most important thing – a good life lived makes an impact
IntegrityDon’t be afraid to speak the truth – never compromise your integrity
IntegrityConfidence is not built on lies
IntegrityNever compromise your integrity
IntegrityIntegrity is your most valuable asset
IntegrityDo not change someone else’s dreams to satisfy your desires
IntegrityA fast buck today is not an investment in tomorrow
IntegrityDoing the right thing is often more difficult – do it anyhow
IntegrityFocus on being successful, not looking successful
IntegrityDon’t “act” like an adult/parent
IntegrityThe truth and facts are important
IntegritySome rules are meant to be broken
IntegrityValue your friendships – be a good friend
MoneyUnderstand how important your credit rating is
MoneyHave an emergency fund and keep building it – eventually, you will use it
MoneyBuy quality – avoid cheap junk – then take care of your stuff
MoneyDon’t buy so much junk – get what you need and has real value
MoneyCompound interest – understand it
MoneyStart saving for your retirement as early as you can
MoneyLive below your means
PerseverenceThere’s no such thing as an overnight success – work hard toward your goal and maybe you’ll succeed
PerseverenceFailure does not define you
PerseverenceHard work beats talent
PerseverenceIf you take risks, you may fail, but if you do nothing, you get what you put in
ProductivityEliminate, simplify, automate – eliminate low-value activities, simplify activities, automate where you can
RelationshipsDo not tolerate liars, cheats, disrespectful, or offensive people
RelationshipsYou cannot control others; all you can control is you
RelationshipsYou teach people how to treat you
ResilienceLet it go – you cannot change what occurred – learn and do better next time
ResilienceRegret is wasted time – learn from the past and do better next time
RespectDon’t burn bridges – most anyone can impact your future
RespectSeek win/win results
RespectHave compassion for others – compassion builds connectedness
ResponsibilityTake care of things yourself
ResponsibilityTake responsibility for your actions
ResponsibilityDo not make excuses
Self-AssuranceDon’t worry too much about what other people think of you – it’s a waste of time
Self-AssuranceBelieve in yourself, or nobody else will
Self-AssuranceNot everyone will like you – that’s okay
Self-AssuranceNo one can make you feel inferior without your consent


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