This past Sunday was my 30th birthday. The past 10 years have been some of the most important in shaping me as a person and setting me on the path to live my remarkable life. During this time, I have learned some important lessons that have helped shape my life. Today, to celebrate turning 30, I want to share with you some of these lessons.
30 Lessons Learned in 30 Years
1 – Everyone will tell you there is one path to success. It isn’t true. You need to takes many pieces and discover the path that works best for you.
2 – Debt sucks. You are trading your future time for current wants.
3 – Every person deserves to be treated with respect, even if they don’t believe the same things as you.
4 – We would all be better off if we were more like a toddler discovering something for the first time.
5 – You should try to make yourself uncomfortable often. You learn more about yourself when you move outside of your comfort zone.
6 – One of the best things for your mental health is spending 10 minutes everyday in a quiet room focusing on your breathe.
7 – Realizing you don’t need to live the same life as everyone else is an incredibly freeing feeling.
8 – Everyone needs a method to get their thoughts out of their head.
9 – Every person struggles with something even when it seems like they don’t.
10 – Compound interest is one of the most important concepts you can learn. The earlier you realize it’s capabilities, the better off you will be.
11 – Most of the time you can learn more about the world from satire than the actual news.
12 – Be cautious of any advice given to you. Everyone benefits from giving advice, it is your job to find out if those benefits conflict with the advice being given.
13 – Spending time in nature is almost guaranteed to improve your mood.
14 – Time is worth more than money. Make sure you are trading it for something of equal value.
15 – Life is a lot more enjoyable when you choose to see the positive in something rather than the negative.
16 – You earn much more respect when you own up to your mistakes than when you try to blame someone else for them.
17 – There is a lot to gain in life by not believing everything your parent’s tell you.
18 – If you routinely do things that don’t bring you at least a little bit of happiness, it is time to reflect on why you are still doing those things.
19 – No matter how great technology gets, there is something special about capturing your thoughts with a pen and paper.
20 – People don’t pay attention to you nearly as much as we think they do.
21 – Reading books can make a much bigger impact on your life than many people realize. I wish I would have learned this sooner.
22 – Every failure is an opportunity to become better – that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt any less when they happen.
23 – Cheap is normally more expensive in the long run.