One of my favourite Twitter accounts to follow every Monday morning is Zen Habits and this past Monday I came across a post that got me thinking of where I started and where I ended up. I must say, it’s been a hell of a ride so far! Looking back on my life I realize how much each win or loss has had some impact on where I stand right now. And despite the rough roads, I wouldn’t change a damn thing. Came a long way from the shy bookworm to a PR person with an overly articulate life.

As I continue to learn more on life and myself, I’ve picked my brain to think of what I’ve learned so far. Initially, my list had a “25 for 25” flair, but thankfully, it seems I’ve learned more. Enjoy!

  1. The most valuable gift you can give someone is your time: don’t waste it on the wrong people.
  2. The most valuable gift you can receive is someone’s time: appreciate it.
  3. Nothing worth having in life ever comes easy. Just remember it takes 13 hours to build a Toyota and 6 months to build a Rolls Royce.
  4. You can be confident. Just don’t be arrogant.
  5. If you’re not happy, change it.
  6. Here’s one for boys only: don’t be an asshole. Just…don’t.
  7. If you’re in couples’ therapy, I’m sorry, but it is already over.
  8. Don’t make money your only goal, but use it to keep score. (Donald Trump)
  9. Don’t make promises you know you won’t keep.
  10. You cannot change the past. Learn from it.
  11. If this is the longest thing you’ve read all week, that’s just sad. Open a book once in a while!
  12. Acknowledging your mistakes goes a long way. Man up and say “I screwed up, but I’ll fix it”. Learn from it and do better next time.
  13. Stop holding grudges. The person you hold a grudge on has probably forgotten your name already.
  14. Figure out what makes you valuable.
  15. Save money. Just…save money.
  16. Spend money! You can’t take it with you.
  17. Be generous.
  18. Embrace constructive criticism.
  19. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. There will always be those who will try to take advantage of that.
  20. Don’t burn bridges, you never know when you need to cross back.
  21. Trust your intuition. Listen to your heart, most times it knows what to do even though it steered you wrong in the past.
  22. Be honest in all your relationships. Liars always get caught.
  23. There are no coincidences: everybody comes into your life for a reason.
  24. Business is personal.
  25. Perfectionism is a vague illusion. Strive to be the best you can be and learn from your mistakes.
  26. Learn to say “No”. If it doesn’t make you better, happier, wiser or lights you up, find the things that do.
  27. Alarm bells are often a good indicator: if you feel something is wrong, chances are, it is.
  28. Kindness and affection can go a long way: you are never too busy for a good word, a compliment or telling those who matter to you how much they do.
  29. Be lovable.
  30. Remember that age is just a number.
  31. There’s no better endorsement than the grapevine: make sure what is said about you lets you sleep at night. (My mom)
  32. Find what you love and hold on to it. Fight for it if you must, but you’ll regret losing it if you do.
  33. Treat people the way you wish to be treated.
  34. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. Most times nobody can tell the difference anyway!
  35. Give people a second chance, but not a third, fourth, etc.
  36. Whatever you do, do it with passion. Love or hate, but do it from the heart.
  37. It is better to say you wish you didn’t do something rather than have to say you wish you did.
  38. Stop complaining. Most likely, you’re having a bad day, not a bad life.
  39. Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams. Nobody else will do it for you.
  40. Live in such a way that in your last days your regrets for what you lost aren’t bigger than the things you chose instead.
  41. Love. Pure and simple. Just love.
  42. Money alone won’t make you happy, but having enough can give you time to find the things that will, without worrying you can’t pay your bills.
  43. Don’t hide behind excuses like “This is my fate”. You make your own choices, hence you make your own destiny
  44. Being the tough one isn’t always the best thing. Swallow your damn pride and apologize if you must.
  45. Happiness is not for sale. It’s DIY.
  46. Don’t let the little things ruin big things. Does it really matter he didn’t finish the ‘Honey-Do’ list? You might win that fight, but you lose the battle..
  47. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know. Find someone who does and learn.
  48. Love isn’t “all” you need, but if you don’t have it, your life will be very empty.
  49. Don’t be a mindless sheep. Stand up for yourself and go against that damn flow if that’s what makes you happy and feels right.
  50. Love shouldn’t be mediocre. Don’t settle for anything less than extraordinary.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little pieces of wisdom. Feel free to comment in the section below and let me know what you’ve learned so far!