This list was originally created and posted by Darius Foroux on Medium.
I absolutely love Darius Foroux’s writing. I first came across his blog on Medium where he writes about life lessons, productivity, personal development and much more. Last year a friend of mine sent me a link to a post of his that I hadn’t read before, and I wanted to share it with you here. I’ve linked to the original post above but I’ve also put the content below for you. All the links have been kept intact and I encourage you to follow and read Darius’ blog. It’s epic.
The original title of his list is ‘Got 5 Minutes? I Want To Share 50 Life-Changing Lessons With You’:
1. Always Cut To The Chase
Life is short, so don’t waste it on chit chat, filler, or other useless shit.
2. Always Move On
Yeah, yeah, I get it. You’re sad. You didn’t get that promotion. No one cares about your product. These things happen. Don’t wish things were different. Just be better next time.
3. Listen More
Sometimes it’s good to shut up and listen to other people.
4. Stay Genuine
Just relax and be yourself.
5. Stop Caring About Bullshit
Yeah, your phone died. So what? There are more important things in life.
6. Never Stop Learning More About Yourself
Without self-knowledge, we’re living other people’s lives.
7. Make The Best Out Of Every Situation
Sometimes, life is not good. But you still have to make the best of it. You’ll be dead before you know it.
8. Always Prepare
No matter how small your next assignment is, come prepared. It’s the difference between an amateur and a pro. Know your shit.
9. Don’t Put Things Off
Difficult conversations, firing people, admitting mistakes, saying you’re sorry. You never really get used to hard things. It’s always better to rip the band-aid. Just get it over with.
10. Save Your Money
Don’t waste it on “things.” Instead, invest it.
11. Don’t Ask For Permission
Screw gatekeepers and naysayers. If you believe in something, do it. And if it doesn’t work out, it’s always better to ask for forgiveness.
12. Pick An Industry, Not A Job
Pick an industry you love and start at the bottom. You will find the perfect role for you eventually.
13. Lead The Way
You‘re a leader when you decide to become one. There’s no initiation or a title. Just a decision.
14. Things Are Not What They Seem
If something sounds too good to be true, it is. A little skepticism never hurts.
15. Exercise Daily
A healthy body is where you have to start everything in life. If you can’t build a healthy and strong body, what can you build in life?
16. Say Goodbye To People
People come and go. Let people leave if they decide, but never hold a grudge.
17. Be Smart About Your Career
Don’t be a sheep. Understand that everyone is competing for the same things. Think about winning. Just stay ethical.
18. Rest Before You Are Tired
Even if you love your job, and every day seems like a holiday, you need to take time to rest. You’re a human and not an android, never forget that.
19. Don’t Judge
Just because people make different choices than you, they are not stupid. Also, you don’t know everything about people, so don’t judge them — help them.
20 Realize That People Are Different
Do your best to put yourself in other people’s shoes. Life is not easy.
21. Never Try To Get Back At Bad People
Their punishment is that they are a bad person.
22, Have Multiple Income Streams
Everyone should be able to make money independently. Create something of value. When people pay for it, you’re in business.
23. Realize That Everything Comes To An End
Your good health, relationships, family, pet, business. We all know how things end. Just make sure you appreciate the things you still have. Before you know it, everything will be gone. And so will you.
24. Create Something
Not to leave a legacy, you won’t be here to see it anyway, but to be of use. Make music, write a book, build a table, anything. You’ll feel good about yourself, plus you give something back to people to use or enjoy.
25. Don’t Give Up
Failure is overrated. It’s merely a different word for learning. We just get all emotional about it. “I suck.” No, you don’t. But if you give up you do.
26. You Don’t Have To Be Happy All The Time
There’s nothing wrong with being sad, angry, frustrated. Just don’t stay in those emotions. Acknowledge it, and then move on.
27. Learn Every Day
Learning is something you do deliberately. Remind yourself every day that you want, no need, to learn something new.
28. Struggle Makes You Stronger
Never say “I can’t take it anymore.” Say “Bring it on!”
29. Don’t Complain
Complaining is the biggest waste of time there is. Either do something about it, and if you can’t, shut up about it.
30. Spend Time With People You Love
That’s your family and best friends. If you don’t have a family, create one. Most people in life are only visitors. Family is for life
31. Avoid Negative Situations And People
You can’t underestimate the impact others have on you. Get away from negativity at all cost.
32. Keep A Journal
It helps you to become a better thinker and writer.
33. Be Grateful
Say ‘thank you’ to everyone and everything. “Thank you for this beautiful day.” “Thank you for your email.” “Thank you for being there for me.”
34. Don’t Care About What People Think
We all die in the end, do you really think it matters what people think of you?
35. Money Is Not The Most Important Thing
Train yourself not to care about money and focus on providing value instead.
36. Be Nice
I don’t mean you should be a pushover. You can be someone that doesn’t take shit and be nice about it.
37. Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
Life, work, relationships, challenges. It’s all uncomfortable. So get comfortable with that.
38. Take Action
Don’t just sit there, do something. Without action, there is no outcome.
39. Read Every Day
Reading is power food for the mind.
40. Think About Others
Just be mindful, that’s all. We all have families, bills to pay, and our own issues. Don’t always make everything about yourself.
41. Give Without Expecting Something In Return
Don’t keep score. You will become a bitter person if you do that. Give solely for the joy of giving. If you get something in return, great, if you don’t, great.
42. There’s No End Game
We, as a species, just are. Don’t try to figure it all out. Enjoy your journey.
43. Enjoy Small Things
I like clichés because they are true. Especially this one. You know why? Everyone says they know it, but no one lives up to it. They just chase big things.
44. Don’t Take Yourself Seriously
Yeah, yeah, you’re an individual, and people have to take you seriously, I get it. But at the end of the day, we’re all a bunch of ants trying to chase the same things. Lighten up.
45. Don’t Blame People
What’s the point? Do you want to punish them? You don’t do that to people. Also, don’t blame yourself — you’re only human.
46. Never Look Back Too Long
Reflecting on the past is only good for one thing: Learning.
47. Invest In Yourself
Skills are worth more than a good job, career, money, and even a reputation. Why? The world always needs people who can do something well. Be that person.
48. Rely On Yourself
Because it’s the best feeling in the world to know you can figure things out by yourself. But don’t overdo it. Ask for help when you need it.
49. Be Precise In Your Thoughts
The simpler you can formulate an idea, the better.
50. Make A List Like This One
It will help you to remember the things you’ve learned in life.