In life, we have to be smart to overcome life. Danger has no bell, Enemies have no sign, nothing will indicate future.
Here are 100 essential life lessons:
1. Make being happy a priority.
2. Travel; see as much of the world as you can.
3. Learn to play a musical instrument.
4. Live beneath your means.
5. Forgive yourself. Forgive others; for your sake, not theirs.
6. Learn to swim.
7. Don’t postpone joy.
8. Take responsibility for your life.
9. Remember Henry Ford’s admonishment: “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
10. Set S-M-A-R-T goals.
11. Set small goals in the short run and big goals in the long run.
12. Pay yourself first: save 10% of what you earn.
13. Remember there are always two sides to every story.
14. Give 10% of your earnings to the less fortunate.
15. Don’t go into bad debt.
16. Create your own definition of success.
17. Don’t smoke. Don’t abuse alcohol. Don’t do drugs.
18. Remember the four R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, recover.
19. Follow the golden rule: treat others like you want them to treat you.
20. Get regular exercise.
21. Follow a healthy diet. Eat lots of antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, and whole grains.
22. Learn CPR.
23. Learn a foreign language.
24. Become an expert at something.
25. Write a book.
26. Be kind to children and animals.
27. Know basic history and geography.
28. Cultivate your emotional intelligence.
29. Keep a first aid kit in your house and in your car.
30. Have regular medical and dental checkups.
31. Learn to take compliments.
32. Learn to take criticism.
33. Be authentic.
34. Don’t take action when you’re angry.
35. Choose your spouse carefully; much of your happiness will depend on this one decision.
36. Worry is a waste of time.
37. Never drive when you’ve been drinking.
38. Never give up.
39. Drink lots of water.
40. Learn something new every day.
41. Continuously count your blessings.
42. Don’t gossip.
43. Become an expert in time management.
44. Follow your instincts; rely on your intuition.
45. Acknowledge those who have helped you.
46. Find a mentor.
47. Read voraciously.
48. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are of your own.
49. Don’t procrastinate.
50. Make a bucket list; refer to it often.
51. Smile a lot; laugh a lot.
52. Admit your mistakes.
53. Keep informed, whether it’s by reading the daily paper, watching the news, or reading a periodical such as “Time” or “Newsweek”.
54. Meditate. Take up yoga. Set aside quiet time every day.
55. Get organized.
56. Don’t buy things you don’t need just because they’re on sale.
57. Cherish your friends and family.
58. Look for opportunities to praise others.
59. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
60. During difficult times remember this: “And this too shall pass.”
61. When things go wrong remember that few things are as bad as they first seem.
62. Keep in mind that mistakes are stepping stones to success. Don’t be afraid to fail.
63. Have a plan.
64. Choose your friends wisely: 80% of your life experiences—both the good and the bad–will come as a direct result of the people you hang out with.
65. Be remarkable.
67. Know when to cut your losses.
68. Have a magnum opus.
69. Keep in mind that life is not a dress rehearsal.
70. If you don’t know the answer, say so; then go and find the answer.
71. Remember that one of life’s only constants is change.
72. Ask for what you want.
73. Create value for others.
74. Apply the power of leverage: leverage your money and your time.
75. Develop multiple streams of income.
76. Be your own boss: start your own business.
77. Don’t renege on your promises, whether to others or to yourself.
78. Examine your beliefs on a regular basis and ask yourself if what you believe is serving you well.
79. Feel the fear and then do it anyway.
80. Don’t worry about what other people think.
81. Listen to the advice of others but then make your own decisions.
82. Change the things you can and accept the things you can’t.
83. Cultivate your creativity.
84. Develop your listening skills.
85. Decide what you want.
86. Focus on what you want instead of thinking about what you don’t want.
87. Begin; every journey begins by taking the first step.
88. Have fun.
89. Every time you fall simply get up again.
90. Strive for excellence, not for perfection.
91. Learn to live in the present moment.
92. Be proactive.
93. Choose your battles wisely.
94. Don’t argue for your limitations.
95. Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.
96. Listen to Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
97. Find work you love.
98. Remember the motto: “You catch more flies with honey.”
99. Take a course on personal finances in college.
100. Fill your life with love.