Thursday, June 25, 2009

20 Life Lessons I Learned in My 20’s

Since I've been pretty distracted with my midwest "tour" coming up this weekend, Twitter, and life in general to be really good about blogging on here, I thought I would share with you a blog post I came across and LOVED. It's everything I've been sharing with people in my life, but combined into one nice comprehensive list.

Please give a big round of applause to Marc at, a new favorite blog, for allowing me to repost this gem here.

Read it, sit with it, and pass it along. It's well worth it.

20 Life Lessons I Learned in My 20's

1. If you're smiling right now, you're doing something right.
2. It's not so much what you say that counts, it's how you make people feel.
3. The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you're scared to make a mistake.
4. No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-win.
5. Freedom is the greatest gift. Selff-sufficiency is the greatest freedom.
6. If you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don't stop. You're onto something big. Because hard work ain't hard when you concentrate on your passions.
7. It's not about getting a chance, it's about taking a chance. You'll rarely be 100% sure it will work. But you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won't work. Sometimes you just have to go for it.
8. Complaining is like slapping yourself for slapping yourself. It doesn't solve the problem, it just hurts you more.
9. The one with nothing to hide is always the one left standing tall.
10. You can press forward long after you can't. It's just a matter of wanting it bad enough.
11. There's a big difference between knowing and doing. Knowledge is basically useless without action.
12. In work and business, when they need you more than you need them, you have succeeded.
13. Everything that happens in life is neither good nor bad. It just depends on your perspective.
14. We are all weird. And life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we call it love.
15. True friendship and true love do sustain the tests of distance and time.
16. You can't change who you are. You can only change what you know and how you apply this knowledge.
17. It is okay to be angry. It is never okay to be cruel.
18. Even when you feel like you have nothing, someone else likely has far less. Find them and help them. You'll see why.
19. Having a thousand credentials on the wall will not make you a decent human being. But genuinely helping on person every day will.
20. Remember, change happens for a reason. Roll with it. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.

And I leave you with this question:

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

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