Things I’ve Learned

I’m trying to convert to Trello instead of paper and pen, so I decided to start from the beginning. When opening the stained cover of a spare notebook I was using, I found an entry from February of 2012 where I obviously tried brainstorming all the most valuable scraps of wisdom I could muster and writing them down. I thought I’d share them here, just in case anyone was interested in the intentional collection of ideas of a (then) 24 year old. I’ve organized them into categories. Disclaimer: I know a lot of these are from famous people and I don’t claim to have come up with any of these on my own! Just sharing to share.

On Purpose:

Don’t wait to begin living your life the way you want to live it.

You do yourself a simple but tremendous honor by living in the present moment.

Follow your heart (and trust your gut). Everything else falls into place.

Leave the world better than you found it. Even the smallest acts count.

Try to find your purpose. You have less time than you think you do.

Don’t spread yourself too thin. Figure out what’s most important to you, what you dream about. Make and follow goals to get yourself there. Try not to be distracted or discouraged.

On Authenticity

Wrinkles, scars moles and freckles make you unique- celebrate who you are.

Be yourself. You’re already right and good.

Be authentic with confidence and enthusiasm. Those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.

Grades aren’t as important as they seem. The experiences and personal lessons and accomplishments you get out of school is what matters.

On Bravery

Take chances. You will regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did.

Life rewards action.

On Self Esteem:

Take care of yourself.

Take pride in your appearance, your work, the way you live, your home, and your relationships. All these things take effort and extensive care.

Trust yourself. No one can make you do or think anything without your permission.

Don’t agree to things you don’t want to do (unless you have to in order to survive I suppose).

Stand up for yourself and speak your mind, but always be respectful.

Learn from your mistakes, own them and move on.

Don’t let anyone disrespect, mistreat or hurt you. You deserve the best.

On Relationships:

If you love someone and they love you, there’s always a way to work out problems.

Use “I” statements. They saved my relationship.

Be generous with your time and money with people you care about. It’s worth it to see them happy.

95% of your childhood friends won’t be your friend anymore as an adult. That’s ok. People change.

Try to follow or at least consider the advice of your family (they’ve been through a lot more, and trust me that no one cares about you as much as them).

On Belief:

Watch your thoughts, they dictate your words. Watch your words, they shape your actions. Watch your actions, they make your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. Watch your destiny, it becomes your legacy.

Believe in second chances.

Believe in unreasonable ideas. Listen for what rings true for you to go beyond the mundane of human existence.

On Emotions

Keep calm and carry on. The world is still turning.

Hatred is a wasted emotion.

Don’t be depressed and cynical (even if you feel that way, at least trying to be normal will help you to keep going).

Worry is like praying for something you don’t want to happen.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. No matter how devastating it seems, in the bigger picture it’s all small stuff.

Hope you got something out of my little list here. Also, for those that are following along on my journey I just want to let you know that the UI Design job at Fossil is going very well. I am always busy and learning and juggling a bunch of stuff but I am really enjoying it 🙂


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