101 Important Life Lessons You Need To Know

The idea for writing this post came to me after reading a similar one by .

The post resonated with me, and I found myself nodding in agreement at more or less everything he said.

After a while, I thought it would be cool to write my own post considering a few life truths.

My list won’t be as long or as complete as Niklas’, but I feel it contains a number of useful insights nonetheless.

We can often go through life blind, and just take what comes at us, instead of working to improve our lives.

I have found myself doing this on a number of ocassons. It has taken a big event, such as getting hit by a car, to snap me out of this stupor and re-evaluate where my life is going.

I intend for these to be a reference for myself and others. It’s easy to write things down and preach about how to life your live.

It’s much harder to go out and do it!

  1. How you do anything is how you do everything. Treat the little things as importantly as you treat the big ones.
  2. Instead of trying to find the right person, be the right person.
  3. You will die. Life is long enough to fool us into thinking it will last forever, but short enough for it to be over in an instant. Make the most of your time on the planet.
  4. Experiences outweigh possessions.
  5. Further to the above, the more possessions you own, the more they own you.
  6. Understand compound interest, and you will never be short of money.
  7. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
  8. The only constant in life is that there will be change. Stability is a myth.
  9. Life is not a dress rehearsal. You only get one shot, don’t put something off until tomorrow because, one day, tomorrow will never come.
  10. Everyone poos. No matter how successful, intimidating or powerful someone is, we all have to poo. Remember that, when you meet someone you are intimidated by.
  11. You only get one body. Treat it well, and it will serve you well. You use your body or lose it.
  12. There is no one right way of doing things. Find a way that works for you.
  13. Perfection is impossible in an imperfect world. Chase progress instead.
  14. Your habits are a reflection of yourself. Choose them wisely.
  15. Take some time to play more. You need time to destress from the complexities of modern life.
  16. Appearances on social are deceptive. People often hide their feelings and situation behind a screen.
  17. Nothing positive comes from your comfort zone. Break free of it.
  18. It’s often the most chastening experiences that teach us the most.
  19. It’s better to know a little about a lot than specialise in one field. The more you specialise, the more you rely on that field.
  20. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose your friends wisely.
  21. The odds of you even existing are less than you winning the lottery! Make the most of your life, it truly is a gift.
  22. You’re never too big to fail. Empires have risen and fallen, businesses come and go. No matter how successful you become, you can always fail.
  23. Everyone has ideas and dreams, but not everyone acts on them.
  24. Consistency is everything. You will beat 99% of people if you stick at something, while everyone else gives up.
  25. This too shall pass. Whenever you’re going through a tough time remember these four words.
  26. It’s never too late to start over. Sam Walton founded Walmart when he was 44. Colonel Sanders didn’t open his first KFC until he was 65! You’re never too old to start again.
  27. Hard work trumps talent. You will only get so far on talent alone. If you don’t work hard, you won’t succeed.
  28. Eliminate self-limiting beliefs. Anything is possible, if you put your mind to it. Circumstance does not determine your future, your mindset does.
  29. A healthy body is nothing without a healthy mind.
  30. Question everything. Approach the world as a child would. Be inquisitive. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It doesn’t show weakness, but eagerness an eagerness to improve.
  31. Live in the present, but have an idea of where you’d like to be in the future. Ensure, everything you’re doing now is working towards that future goal.
  32. Actions always speak louder than words.
  33. Nobody cares how difficult your live is. 99% of the world don’t know you exist. Acknowledge life is difficult and instead of looking for sympathy, look to improve.
  34. Investing in yourself is not selfish, but one of the best decisions you can make. If you don’t invest in yourself who will?
  35. How you react to situations is more important than the situation itself.
  36. Time is your most valuable asset. Don't waste it!
  37. You are what you eat. Eat shit and you will look and feel like shit. Treat your body like a temple.
  38. Most people are still compensating for high school well into later life.
  39. Success does not bring happiness, happiness bring success.
  40. Fear will paralyse you if you let it. But, our fears get smaller the closer we get to them.
  41. Comparing yourself, and things to others, is pointless. If everything was the same life would be dull. Celebrate the differences.
  42. Your appearance matters.
  43. Life isn’t fair. The world doesn’t owe you anything.
  44. The one who loves you the most can hurt you the most.
  45. Almost no one practices what they preach.
  46. Being busy doesn’t mean you are doing anything worthwhile.
  47. You cannot please everyone. So don’t try to. It will make you miserable.
  48. No matter how good you are, there is always someone better.
  49. Take risks! They are an inherent part of life. A life without risk is merely an existence.
  50. Nobody has it all figured out. Those that say they do are liars.
  51. Those who complain the most, accomplish the least.
  52. Putting something off makes it harder and scarier. Do your most difficult tasks first!
  53. Revenge is for the petty and irresponsible. Move on with your life instead of looking back and wallowing in rage.
  54. Being organised will change your life. The more organised you are, the more you will accomplish.
  55. Everyone is addicted to something. Make sure your addictions are healthy and not unhealthy, otherwise they could be the undoing of you.
  56. We all think too much. Take some time to live in the present, instead of worrying about the future, or reminiscing about the past. Life is to be lived now!
  57. Words are powerful. Be careful how you use them, they can either destroy or improve someone’s life.
  58. Nothing ever happens the way you picture it. Just go ahead and do it anyway!
  59. Drink more water. Your body is 70% water, yet we don’t drink enough water. Swap carbonated drinks for water and you will look and feel better in no time.
  60. Every cliche contains a profound truth. We have heard them numerous times, but the wisdom is always there.
  61. A sense of humour is important. Life is too short to be boring and miserable.
  62. To master anything, you have to be obsessed.
  63. If your perspective remains the same throughout life, you’re doing something wrong.
  64. You will never feel ready. But, take the plunge anyway, you might surprise yourself!
  65. Sometimes it’s best to keep your mouth closed. Better to remain silent than remove all doubt.
  66. Mistakes are inevitable. Mistakes are how we learn, not be afraid to make them. Even the best mess up every once in a while.
  67. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Always do your due diligence, otherwise you will lose money.
  68. Seek wisdom. The world is constantly changing, what is relevant today, might not be tomorrow.
  69. Success is a journey not a destination. Learn to love the journey.
  70. The best education comes outside of the classroom. Education does not stop when you leave school. Travel to new places, meet new people, try new things.
  71. To be successful, you need to create not consume.
  72. Worrying is a useless activity. Put that energy to better use.
  73. Most suffering in the world is caused by man. It can also be overcome by man.
  74. Honesty is always the best policy.
  75. Reading a good book is one of the best investments you can make. If someone thought it was important to write down, it’s important enough to read.
  76. Most arguments are pointless. Will it matter in 5 days, 5 months, 5 years? Probably not.
  77. We don’t always get we give. Never expect anything in return, otherwise you’ll be left disappointed.
  78. Create multiple streams of income. Jobs come and go, if you rely on stream of income, you’re tying yourself more and more into that job.
  79. You will fail more than you succeed. It’s how you respond to the failures that defines you.
  80. Chaos is the natural order of things.
  81. You will never have enough, you will always want more. This is a consequence of being human.
  82. If your health isn’t a priority, whether you like it or not, it soon will be.
  83. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One man’s Queen is another man’s pauper.
  84. Your intention is what matters the most. A well-thought out gift is worth more than any amount of money.
  85. Don’t project your past onto your present. Leave the past where it belongs, in the past.
  86. Money won’t make you happy. It makes life easier, but no amount will make you happy.
  87. You can’t make everyone happy. So, don’t even try.
  88. Pleasure is temporary. If you chase it, you will be miserable.
  89. Loneliness is a part of life. Learn to love your own company.
  90. People come and go, those that stay are the ones that matter.
  91. A relationship is only strong when both parties mutually benefit from each other.
  92. Cynical people will try to pull you down to their level. Don’t let them.
  93. If you want to be trusted, first you have to earn that trust. But it can be easily broken.
  94. Once broken, trust can be one of the hardest things to repair. Once bitten, twice shy comes to mind.
  95. You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.
  96. Youth is wasted on the young. Enjoy it while it lasts, because one day you will yearn for it again.
  97. Even the best laid plans can fail. A backup plan is a necessity. Nothing is ever guaranteed to work.
  98. You don’t value something you have. We all cast envious classes at our friends and our neighbours. Yet, they may do the same to us. Be thankful for what you have.
  99. New Year’s resolutions are a waste of time. If you want to change, do it now. There is no time like the present.
  100. Most people are lazy.
  101. There is no such thing as a soulmate. There are millions of people on the planet, you are compatible with, it’s chance you end up with that person.

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