Whether it’s matters of money, love or health, certain life lessons transcend all boundaries. Some of us are looking for guidance to follow ourselves – others are searching for advice to pass on to their kids. By blind luck some of us had parents who instilled most of these life lessons into us as we grew up – unfortunately, others weren’t as lucky.
Regardless of if you’ve heard these before or not, from today on you have the chance to better yourself and those around you. Here’s a list of life lessons to both follow yourself and to pass on to your kids:
- A good reputation is more valuable than money. Warren Buffet once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Putting people first is some of the best financial advice you can follow. It’s people that help you get that promotion or keep customers coming back to your start-up business. Don’t forget that along your way – it’s one of the Things Successful Entrepreneurs and Executives Do Differently.
- Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Human nature is to take the easy way out – try to fight this. Why? Because I guarantee that you’ll only achieve true happiness through accomplishment and realizing your potential. Anyone who’s inherited or been given money has learned this lesson. Easy money won’t earn the self-respect you desire – hard work will!
- Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. Like anything worthwhile in life, nothing good happens quickly. Sometimes it’s the raise you’re looking for at work. Other times it’s the adoption papers you need finalized. Recognize (and accept) when events are out of your control – embrace the fact that the marathon of life is made up of thousands of small steps.
- Avoid the “unknowledge” trap. Do your best to avoid ruts of “unknowledge”; where you’ve quit learning within your professional and personal lives (one of the 25 Things to Stop Doing At Work Today). Keep maximizing learning opportunities within your industry, but also set a personal goal to obtain a new license or skill outside of your profession. Invest in yourself – I try to think of new knowledge gained as a unique perspective which can serve to further enlighten you!
- Debt is the slavery of the free. Most simply, avoid credit card debt you can’t immediately payoff! Nowadays it’s so easy to just put it on credit and worry about it later – fight this urge. The only form of personal debt you should see as acceptable is a Mortgage/Deed of Trust – everything else is financially wasteful.
- Persistence pays off. If ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. You’ve undertaken this venture, now don’t be discouraged by the lack of immediate results or success. It’s those who keep with it after the excitement and newness wears off that reap the long-term benefits. Remember, if it was easy and happened overnight, everyone would be doing it.