7 Lessons I Wish I Knew Earlier In Life

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The older I get, the wiser I get. I assume. Here is a list of 7 things that I wish I knew when I was younger that I understand now.

1. It is about who you know – I used to hate the notion that success is about who you know, believing that if you work hard someone will notice you. I now understand that who you know is very important to your success. Not in a sleazy way, but more about the relationships that you have and the way that they lead to “warm” introductions to people or organizations that they know.

2. There is humor everywhere at the right time – There are a lot of things that don’t seem funny at the time they are happening, but later down the road they become funny. Things like the time you fell off your bike and someone laughed at you, or the time you caught your shorts on something going down the slide and everyone saw you Spiderman underwear. Hilarious.

3. Don’t try to make people like you – The things we do to make people like us are facades that we usually can’t keep up. The people that like us when we are truest to ourselves, in our best times and in our worst times, are the ones worth holding onto.

4. You may never know – There are a lot of questions that we will never have the answers to. You may never know why something happened and spending your life searching for the answer doesn’t usually work out. There are also other mysteries of the universe that we could spend years speculating and arguing over the answers, but there may never be definitive results.

5. Celebrate other people’s success – When other people have success it is usually the results of the efforts of a larger collective. Be a part of other people’s successes and celebrate with them because your success will likely hinge on help from others.

6. Be coachable – The times that you think you have it all figured out are usually the times that you don’t have it figured out at all. Successful professionals, whether they be athletes, performers or business people, all know the value of coaching. Things are forever changing around us and it’s impossible to stay on top of all of the changes. We need someone knowledgeable to teach us.

7. People come and go – Relationships have an expiry. There are things you can do to preserve them longer, but situations change and people grow in different directions.

What do you wish you knew earlier in life?

 

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