30 Lessons Learned in 30 Years

Traveling on a bus for the last four days has given me plenty of time to think.  I created this run to celebrate turning 30 so I thought it would be fitting to make a list of 30 lessons I’ve learned/or principles that I try to live by in my life.  By no means am I accomplishing all of these.  It is a work in process, but I’m a firm believer in trying to understand how you want to live your life and documenting it.  These lessons have been taught to me my a number of people.

So in no particular order, I present to you 30 lessons I’ve learned in 30 years.

  1. Don’t wait for major announcements, changes, successes or hardships in one’s life to let that person know that you care about him/her
  2. Secrets don’t make friends
  3. Say thanks often to those who add value to your life
  4. Laughing at least 10 times a day will keep you young
  5. Simplifying life will make you happier
  6. Fake it before you make it
  7. Why do something tomorrow when you can do it today
  8. Be quirky
  9. Read
  10. Adopting a pet will bring joy to your life
  11. To give is to receive
  12. People say that if you have six great friends when you die, you’re lucky.  I’d say you’re not trying hard enough.
  13. Never stop learning
  14. The less political you are, the better relationships you’ll have
  15. One man is no man
  16. Save for your future
  17. Rather than trying to balance work and play, strive to remove the difference between the two
  18. Explore the world
  19. Help others reach their goals
  20. Humility is like underwear, essential, but indecent if it shows
  21. The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.
  22. Respect your elders
  23. Do what you say you’re going to do
  24. Be on time
  25. Challenge yourself
  26. Don’t be a critic
  27. Learn about who you are and what makes you tick
  28. Teach others
  29. Build things
  30. If you see a problem, don’t complain, find a solution

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  1. Dandsyman says:

    In your effort to get a few more… Here’s one I’ve found throughout the years: Even the smallest gestures of kindness can make a huge impact.

    1. 1. A shoestring only breaks when you are going somewhere important.
      2. Having the right questions is more important than having the right answers.
      3. When you are really looking forward to Oreo’s, there will be no milk.
      4. It doesn’t matter which way the toilet paper hangs, you’ll get it if you need it.
      5. A plane will always flyover during the national anthem.
      6. One handwritten letter is greater than 10,000 tweets, texts, or emails.
      7. Manners count.
      8. Too many people use the objective case when the nominative is appropriate.
      9. Single malt Scotch is better than blended.
      10. Hugs are for everyone.
      11. If you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
      12. When all else fails, try truth.
      13. The saddest phrase of all is “I should have done something.”
      14. I never can stop the gas pump on the .00.
      15. Saturday mornings were made for newspapers and coffee.
      16. Those who concentrate on the intellectual, the physical, and the social and ignore the spiritual, drive a car with three wheels.
      17. A sense of humor means more than just being funny.
      18. Choices become habits, habits become routines, routine becomes YOU.
      19. Never trust a smiling dog.
      20. If you think it ain’t broke, maybe it needs breaking and fixing.

  2. Tillie says:

    1. Sometimes it is best to just smile and nod
    2. Chocolate can usually make things better
    3. You should always tell your wife you love her

  3. Don says:

    As a connection to #24 – Learn to manage your time.

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