A list of life improving thoughts in bite sized pieces.
Learn to focus only on the present.
Smile more often. Whenever you get a grin on your face, your brain is releasing serotonin, the happy hormone. Smiling is the natural way to force yourself to be happy. Many people even smile for five minutes straight in the morning to get themselves in a great mood for the day. It is a very powerful tool that is utilized less and less as we grow older and need happiness more than ever. Just remember that while happiness leads to smiles, smiles also lead to happiness.
Step 1: Get a life, you fat pie eating bastards
True wisdom and insight are always free.
Give your power over to no one.
Going into the unknown is how you expand what is known.
Spend more time around people that both challenge and respect you.
When you find yourself thinking a negative thought, stop it immediately by any means necessary. Slap yourself in the face, yell something positive at the top of your lungs or jump up and down. Do whatever it takes to get back to a positive mindset as such is essential for continual happiness and success.
Develop an endless curiosity about this world.
Figure out what your goals and dreams are.
A lot of people have a tendency to live in the past, and while I think it is important to learn from it you shouldn't dwell there.
There is a method that works. Find it.
Never let anyone photoshop a picture of you. It creates a false sense of self-confidence.
Read more. Especially things you disagree with.
Get used to feeling stupid. It’s a sign of growth.
It’s easy for people to talk a good game, so watch how they behave instead.
Learn something from everyone.
Find things that inspire you and pursue them, even if there’s no money in it.
Starve if you have to, for as long as you need to.
Survive on a little just to prove you can do it.
Get one big success at an early age. It’ll help build your confidence for bigger things.
Do what you say you’ll do. No one is reliable anymore.
Be comfortable with abandonment, even of parts of your identity.
Keep people around you that will tell you the truth.
Genius gets you nowhere. Execution is everything.
If given the choice of equity or cash, always take cash.
Meet new people as often as possible. Offer to help them.
Don’t discriminate. Connect anyone in your network to anyone else.
Nobody likes a know-it-all.
Read biographies. It’s like having access to the best mentors in history.
Go to bed, and wake up, early. No one will bother you, letting your best work emerge.
Scare yourself a little bit every day. It will expand your inner map.
Don’t buy a lot of stuff, and only buy the stuff you really love.
Be humble and curious.
Be as useful as you can in as many circumstances as possible.
Repeat people’s names when you meet them.
Make your home a place where you feel safe.
Take cold showers. They’re better than coffee.
Make everything either shorter, or longer, than it needs to be.
Always remember those who helped you. Deliver two or three times as much value back.
But also, help people who have never helped you, and can’t.
When you know that pain is temporary, it affects all of your decisions.
Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.
Commit to things, regularly, that are far beyond your ability.
Meet with friends more often than you think you have to.
Learn to meditate. Go on a retreat if you have to.
Your stories are both more and less interesting than you think.
Ugly is just a step on the way to beautiful.
Get to know your neighbours.
Don’t take anything personally, ever.
Consider avoiding school. Go to lots of conferences instead.
As soon as you can, buy some art.
Apologize more than you need to.
Find out if there will be food there.
Fake it until you make it
A good haircut changes everything.
Read Man’s Search For Meaning.
Say no to projects you don’t care about.
Do things that are uncool. Later on, they usually end up
Memorize something everyday
Learn to play chess, go, and bridge. They’ll keep you from going senile.
Learn about the Tetrapharmakos.
Find ways to cheat the system– just don’t cheat people.
Be like Jesus, not like his followers. (This applies to all of them.)
At least once, date someone that’s out of your league.
Examine your jealousy. You’ll learn a lot about yourself.
Good connections are about people, not social networks.
Address small problems. They will become big problems.
Dress like a cooler version of yourself.
Yes, there is such a thing as bad press.
Add “adventurer” to your Twitter bio. Then, become one.
If the internet is the best thing in your life, you have a serious problem.
Give away your best work for free.
Find mentors. Just don’t call them that.
Actually write on your blog. Nobody cares if it’s hard.
Join a gym. Lift the heaviest you can to get about 10 repetitions. (This applies to girls too.)
Do some freewriting. It helps you think things through.
When you’re having supper with rich people, pick up the cheque.
Learn how to speak in public.
If you see someone who needs help, stop asking yourself if they need help. Instead, just help.
Bring a bottle of wine.The best conversations are had side by side, not one in front of the other.
Protect your hearing.
Do what’s most important first thing in the morning, before you check email.
Everyone feels like they’re not good enough. It’s not just you.
Courage is a learned skill.
SAVE YOUR CHANGE! Pick up every penny, dime, nickel that you see and put it in the jar.
Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.
When interviewing/visiting potential clients, try to dress one level nicer than is normal for the location. It is close enough to still fit in and leaves a better impression.
When applying for jobs, don't lie...but do list everything you are qualified for. Resumes are filtered by buzzwords, so you want to have them on there, but if you lie then even if you get the job you are setting yourself up for problems when they find out.
Enjoy life, you only get one chance at it...but for the love of all that is good don't say YOLO.
Drink water! Seriously, if you have a headache, are tired, or maybe hungry, drink water. Water solves a lot of problems you didn't even realize you had.
If you can’t do a pull-up, you have a problem.
Take people up on bets. Make more bets yourself.