20 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier in Life

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Life Lessons Learned Well

Here is a list from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. He’s only mid 30s but he has his head screwed on very well.

Plus his blog is ranked in the top 25 in the world and it is all based on Zen principles.

  • Control impulse spending.
  • Stay active.
  • Plan your finances.
  • Junk food will come back to bite you in the butt.
  • Fund your retirement. And don’t withdraw it.
  • All the stuff you’re doing that seems hard — it will be of use.
  • Don’t buy that used van without checking it out closely.
  • That guy you’re going to sell your car to? On a gentleman’s agreement? He’s not gonna pay you.
  • Make time to pursue your passion, no matter how busy you are.
  • All that stuff that’s stressing you out — it won’t matter in 5 years, let alone 15.
  • The people you make friends with are so much more important than your job or the things you buy.
  • All that time you spend watching TV is a huge, huge waste of time.
  • Your kids are going to grow up way faster than you think. Don’t waste a minute.
  • Forget the drama. Focus on being happy.
  • Pay more attention to blogs when you first hear about them. They’re more than just journals.
  • Speaking of which, keep a journal. Seriously. Your memory is extremely faulty.
  • Tequila is seriously evil.
  • Yes, you can do a marathon. Don’t put this goal off — it’s extremely rewarding.
  • All these mistakes you’re going to make, despite this advice? They’re worth it.

Interestingly, there is nothing about love: how to find love, keep love, fall in and out of love – nothing really about it  on this list. What would you add to your list of lessons learned thus far?

So, now you have my thoughts. Leave your comments below.


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