Ultimate List of Life Lessons

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ValueLife Lesson
AuthenticityDo things in harmony with your soul
AuthenticityThe best version of you is you – don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t
AuthenticityIf you're not yourself, you won't get to know the right people for you
AuthenticityIf you’re not yourself, you cannot meet the right life partner for you
AuthenticityYou are the six people you most associate with – choose wisely
AuthenticityThere’s no such thing as love at first sight
AuthenticityWalk your own path – do not compromise yourself in the name of conformity
AuthenticityAs much as possible, speak your mind – be true to yourself
CourageWorrying acccomplishes nothing
CourageDon’t be afraid to be ambitious
CourageNot everyone will like you – that’s totally fine
CourageGive love with everything you got
CourageLive a good set of values and do not compromise your values – ever
CourageOnly you have the power to create the life you want
CourageSelf-assurance is more important than self-confidence
CourageDon’t hesitate when you should act
CourageDoing what’s easy and comfortable leads to unhappiness – there are no shortcuts
CourageTo grow you must get out of your comfort zone
CourageYour fears are no different than anyone else's fears -- push yourself to get beyond them
CourageYour fears are usually greater than reality that comes
CourageChange is inevitable, embrace change
CourageYou can’t please everyone
CouragePeople cannot read your mind, express yourself
CourageDeep, heartfelt conversations are rare and are a gift – seek those willing to engage
CourageWho you were in the past does not determine who you can be moving forward
CourageYou’ll be scared to do things, but do them anyway
CourageIf you want to grow, you cannot stay in your comfort zone
CourageDo not resist change – become a change agent
CourageExperience is life’s greatest teacher – you’ll make mistakes along the way – so be it
CourageDo not avoid difficult issues – they do not go away by themselves
CourageBe the chess player, not the pawn
CourageIf you do nothing, nothing can go wrong – but you will accomplish nothing
CourageThe future you fear is seldom the reality you will experience
CourageMost Limitations Are Self Imposed
CourageWhat you think are limitations are most likely self imposed
CourageMost of your worries will never become real
CourageIt's okay to fail
CourageDo not live in denial, be honest with yourself
CourageEliminate "friends" who dimish your spirit
CourageToxic people have no place in your life
CourageYou’ll be scared to do things, but do them anyway
CourageIf you want to grow, you cannot stay in your comfort zone
CourageDo not resist change – become a change agent
CourageExperience is life’s greatest teacher – you’ll make mistakes along the way – so be it
CourageDo not avoid difficult issues – they do not go away by themselves
CourageBe the chess player, not the pawn
CourageIf you do nothing, nothing can go wrong – but you will accomplish nothing
CourageThe future you fear is seldom the reality you will experience
CourageMost Limitations Are Self Imposed
CourageWhat you think are limitations are most likely self imposed
CourageMost of your worries will never become real
CourageIt's okay to fail
CourageDo not live in denial, be honest with yourself
CourageEliminate "friends" who dimish your spirit
CourageToxic people have no place in your life
PerseverenceNo pain no gain
PerseverenceThere will always be someone better than you – it’s not a competition, walk your path
PerseverencePreparation is a stepping stone to success
PerseverenceWhen you’re going in the right direction, all you need to do is keep walking
PerseverenceSharpen the saw – keep improving yourself, always
PerseverenceDon't beat yourself up -- forgive yourself, move on
PerseverenceThere’s no substitute for hard work
PerseverenceRelationships require consistent effort, do not take others for granted
PerseverenceWork towards something larger than yourself
PerseverencePersistence will eventually get you almost anything
ResilienceTo be resilient, you must be self-aware -- observe yourself and take action when needed
ResilienceNever give up – be tenacious and determined to see things through
ResilienceNobody gets through life without battle scars
ResilienceGood things don’t come easy
ResilienceWhen you fall, you've got to pick yourself up and keep going
ResilienceYou can't lose what you never had
ResilienceThere is strength in truth
ResiliencePick your battles carefully, but then be fight-ready
ResilienceIn the face of adversity, believe in your ability to persevere
IntegrityBe who you are – do not compromise yourself to conform
IntegrityNever compromise your integrity – live an honorable life
IntegrityA good reputation is more valuable than money
IntegrityAvoid fads
IntegrityCharacter and integrity count
IntegrityKeep your promises
IntegrityTake the road less travelled
IntegrityOwn your mistakes - take responsibility
ResponsibilityTake responsibility for what you’ve done and what you’ve not done
ResponsibilityIt’s okay to say you’re wr …, wro …, wrong (that’s tough!)
ResponsibilityPay it forward
SustainabilityFinancial security is more important than spending for things you don't need
LeadershipHelp your kids to not want to grow up too fast – there’s no rush
LeadershipServing others adds meaning to your life
LeadershipGreat leaders serve others
LeadershipDon't be the "smartest person in the room"
CuriosityStay curious
CuriosityGet comfortable with being uncomfortable
CuriosityAsk why before giving quick answers
CuriosityCuriosity fuels learning
CuriositySeek to expose yourself to new experiences
AwarenessListen to that voice inside of you – it’ll save you a lot of heartaches
AwarenessKeep things in perspective
AwarenessYou are important, so is everyone else, especially to themselves
AwarenessFreely give and expect in return – trust, honesty, and respect – but to each at a different level
AwarenessYou’ll be surprised by people – good and bad
AwarenessPeople won’t tell you what they think of you, but they will tell others – be careful
AwarenessBe flexible with your goals
AwarenessNobody is self-made
AwarenessBegin with the end in mind
AwarenessDevelop a healthy relationship with money – money is useful, but cannot rule your thinking
AwarenessMoney doesn’t solve problems
AwarenessWork hard, play hard, laugh hard
AwarenessYou’re going to have to work – you might as well do a good job
Awareness“Things” are not valuable – people are, thoughts are, your spirit is, life is …
AwarenessThe most valuable things are not things
AwarenessEnjoy Nature
AwarenessSeek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
AwarenessFool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me
AwarenessThere are no perfect people, no perfect families
AwarenessIt’s not all about you
AwarenessThere’s no shame in not knowing
AwarenessThe older you get, the less you know
AwarenessDon’t take anyone or anything for granted
AwarenessSometimes saying nothing is more appropriate than talking
AwarenessLife can change in an instant -appreciate what you have, while you still have it
AwarenessYour thoughts are like boomerangs – what you pass to others is what will come back to you
AwarenessFor every action, there’s an equal opposite reaction
AwarenessYou are defined more by what comes out of your mouth than what goes in it
AwarenessYou get more by giving more
AwarenessThe world wants to extract money from your wallet
AwarenessBusinesses pay big money to marketing experts to manipulate your thinking
AwarenessRule your mind or it will rule you
AwarenessKeep an open mind – but that doesn’t mean you have to accept everything
AwarenessYou are constantly creating your own reality
AwarenessDon’t put all your eggs in one basket
AwarenessYou can win a battle while losing the war
AwarenessNever underestimate the power of compound interest
AwarenessLife is change, nothing stays the same, for nobody
AwarenessBuying things will not bring happiness
AwarenessAll work and no play makes you a dull person
AwarenessEveryone is weird, you're okay
AwarenessWhat you think is an emergency probably isn't
AwarenessYou can do anything – but not everything
AwarenessTrue friends celebrate your victories
AwarenessForgiveness will benefit you more than it will those you forgive
AwarenessThe world does not exist to cater to you
AwarenessHow you look at others is a reflection of how you look at yourself
TrustOpen communication builds deeper relationships
TrustYou have to be willing to be vulnerable to know if you have something real
TrustIt's important to trust others
TrustIt's important to trust yourself
HonestyHonesty is everything
HonestySpeak truth, always
HonestyWrite down your thoughts – writing will clarify your thoughts
HonestyHonesty is the best policy
HonestyAbove all, be honest with yourself
HonestyLying erodes your spirit – always
RespectThink win-win
RespectMarriage is not a partnership of equals – each partner brings different strengths to the table
RespectDo unto others as you would have them do unto you
RespectGive credit where credit is due – never accept glory as yours alone
RespectPractice tolerance with others
RespectDo not be a snob
RespectLive and let live
InitiativeIt takes no talent to complain, be a problem solver
InitiativeProve your worth by what you do, not your words
DisciplineMake every moment count
DisciplineDevelop good habits
DisciplineSetting goals and working toward those goals is important
DisciplinePace yourself – you can’t do everything at once
DisciplineKeep things as simple as possible – life can only get more complex – find ways to simplify
EffectivenessDo your best
EffectivenessBe as good as you can be
EffectivenessEverything in life is on a bell curve – seek as much as possible to be on the better side of average
EffectivenessUnderstand the difference between what is important and what is urgent – prioritize accordingly
EffectivenessWork smart, not hard
EffectivenessPour your heart into all you do
EffectivenessLive each day to the fullest and with your best effort – fall asleep quickly
EffectivenessBe proactive
EffectivenessTake Action
EffectivenessComplaining takes no talent, anyone can do it – getting to solutions proves talent
EffectivenessMake yourself necessary and you will always be needed
EffectivenessSet (and stick to) deadlines
EffectivenessWrite things down
EfficiencyDon’t sweat the small stuff – you have bigger things to focus on
EfficiencyTime is money
EfficiencyNever put off until tomorrow what you can do today
EfficiencyPractice productivity in all parts of your life
GratitudeEnjoy the small moments with your family
GratitudeAppreciate what you have – do not resent what you don’t have
GratitudeFind joy in the little things
GratitudeYou can become bitter or better as a result of your circumstances – it is a choice
GratitudeBe happy
GratitudeKeep smiling
GratitudeAvoid envy, it can only damage you and your relationships
GratitudeOnly you can make yourself happy
FaithIf you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will
FaithFaith drives action
FaithFaith determines how you live
FaithWhen you find what you're looking for, take the leap
FaithFaith eliminates fear
EducationRead
EducationYour education is never complete
EducationSchool doesn’t prepare you for real life
EducationLearn something new every day -- it quickly adds up
EducationLearn from the mistakes of others
EducationEducation is a life long process
ModerationMost TV is a waste of time
ModerationTelevision probably ruins more minds than drugs
ModerationLive below your means
ModerationBurning the candle on both ends will only burn you out
Good HumorHave fun with others, don't make fun of others
Good HumorMake others laugh, everyone enjoys good humor
Good HumorLaughter is the best medicine
Good HumorLife goes quickly – don’t forget to enjoy it
Good HumorIf you’re not having fun along the way, what’s the point?
OptimismYour thoughts are powerful, make them positive
OptimismYour attutude defines your reality
OptimismIf you think you can't, you won't
OptimismBetter to believe people than to constantly be suspicious
OptimismYou cannot succeed without making mistakes along the way
OptimismLook for the positive in things
OptimismBelieve in yourself
OptimismLife gets better the minute you get rid of negativity
LoveLove and respect yourself first – only then can you love others fully
LoveLove is more than a feeling – its a decision
LoveYou cannot force anyone to love you
LoveLove is healthy
LoveTouching heals, keep hugs and touches in your relationships – it’s important
LoveChoose kindness
LoveForgiveness benefits two people – the giver and receiver
LoveEnvy consumes itself – and it will take you with it
LoveDo not hang on to grudges – forgive, let things go – you’ll be better off
LoveDon't be afraid to show and tell others you love them
LoveLife is short, so learn to give and receive love
LoyaltyBe loyal to your loved ones and to people who have helped you along the way
LoyaltyFriends are important – be a good friend
LoyaltyNever take your siblings for granted
LoyaltyLoyalty is not a points system
LoyaltyDon’t forget where you came from
LoyaltyLoyalty must never be blind or submissive
HealthLook after yourself
HealthYour health is your most valuable asset
HealthTake care of your health early
HealthEat good food
HealthAnything in excess is not healthy – avoid excess
HealthTake time to play, rest, and sleep
HealthYour health is your most important resource
HealthSurround yourself with inspiring people
CommunityFamily is the first essential cell of human society – Pope John XXIII
CommunityPeople solve problems, not governments
CommunityBe kind to everyone
CommunitySmiles are free and easy to give
CommunityGood manners matter

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