Michael Palko asked me to talk about important lessons I’ve learned over the years. The most important lesson I’ve learned over the years is that in order to truly learn something, you need to experience it and absorb it yourself. This happens when your heart, not your head, is ready. Until you are ready, people could babble wisdom at you all the live long day and it wouldn’t do you a darned bit of good.
Given that, I’m sending out these bits of knowledge I’ve gathered over the years of my life with the idea that if you are ready to absorb these things, they will resonate with you. If you’re not ready, they will perhaps at the very least roll around in your brain a bit in the meantime 🙂
1. One of the worst things you can do is to carry expectations, high or low, of other people. It will seldom work out exactly as you imagined.
2. If you have a problem that is workable, work it. If you have a problem that is not workable, work to find a way to make it so.
3. Failure is not glorious, but it is a fantastic teacher.
4. There is always time to appreciate where you are and what you have. Find it.
5. Everyone really does have something to hide (‘cept for me and my monkey)
6. Never leave angry
7. Know your heart and follow it. Even the people who love you most cannot walk in your shoes 100%
8. If you cannot do it, do not ask others to make it happen.
9. Walk your talk, always.
10. If you wear your heart on your sleeve, it’s easy for it to get broken at the shake of a hand.
11. You never know a person’s story. Do not be quick to judge.
12. Sometimes we put words in other peoples’ mouths because we ourselves believe them to be true.
13. People will almost always disappoint you – if you let them.
14. Ask for help when you need it. Do not play passive-aggressive games or otherwise mislead people.
15. Plans are great, but make sure they are flexible.
16. If life seems overwhelming, look up at the sky, at the stars beyond, and remember what really matters.
17. If you cannot be alone in your own company, others probably won’t want to share in your company either.
18. Eventually, you must make your life your own. Grab the steering wheel and drive.
19. There are no limitations except for the ones you build yourself.
20. This is where you fill in YOUR lesson learned. I’d love to hear what you have learned on your own path!
Thanks for listening 🙂
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