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50 Important Advice and Things To Know That People Usually Aren’t Told About

50 Important Advice and Things To Know That People Usually Aren’t Told About

Life is complicated.  It is not easy, smooth, or even consistently comprehensible.  However, as frustrating as it may be, it is wonderful.  The world has infinite possibilities for everyone, even when things seem hopeless.  No one person has all the answers to living a happy life, but each individual has something to share.  Whether young or old, every person has learned something in their life that they can offer as advice to others.  Some advice is new, and other times it is a reminder of what we have forgotten or pushed aside.  We have compiled a list of the top 50 life lessons. Whether it is new or a reminder of lessons past, we hope you are able to take something away from it.

  1. Marry your best friend: If the person you’re the most comfortable with isn’t your spouse, make them! (Assuming this person is not your family member)
  2. Don’t stop learning: If you start coasting through life, you’re gonna lose. Always stretch your intellect.
  3. Forgive as much as possible. Grudges achieve little.
  4. Do something that’s not for money.
  5. Time passes by a lot faster than you’d think. This effect accelerates with age.
  6. Some things can’t be learned; they can only be experienced.
  7. Wealth is relatively unimportant.
  8. Don’t lie to yourself.
  9. The past is something you learn from.  It is not something you live in.
  10. Wealth is measured by your happiness and not by your financial statement.
  11. Do things for yourself in everything you do; don’t live for other people.
  12. Learn to handle criticism.
  13. Value the people in your life.
  14. Be happy for other people who are happy.
  15. Embrace vulnerability.
  16. Challenge yourself a little bit everyday.
  17. Quality beats quantity.
  18. Don’t get too attached to material things.
  19. Seek out people with different beliefs and views of the world to yours and get to know their side of the story.
  20. Living a good life is the best way possible to convince people.
  21. Nobody has it all figured out.
  22. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know”.
  23. Possessions own you.
  24. Get outside and do something with other people.
  25. Take your time.
  26. You can’t please everyone.
  27. Make mistakes – and LOTS of them!
  28. Wear sunscreen.
  29. Stop thinking so much and act.
  30. Dance and sing whenever possible.
  31. You don’t know what you’ve got ’till its gone.
  32. Swallow your pride and apologise.
  33. People are not alone in being alone.
  34. Love isn’t “all” you need, but if you don’t have it in some form, your life will be very empty.
  35. Life is a million times easier when you focus on the great things in people and not the bad.
  36. The grass is only greener where you water it.
  37. Money isn’t an end, it’s a means.
  38. Nobody can fix you. You have to fix your own problems or adapt to them. Other people can be helpful, but only so much.
  39. Being a “genius,” in IQ terms, means nothing if you don’t contribute anything important to society.
  40. People are your greatest resource.
  41. Repetition is the father of learning.
  42. Honesty is the best policy.
  43. Listening > Talking.
  44. Determination and motivation trump all else.
  45. Remember your humanity.
  46. Take time out to practice humility.
  47. You are the only person with the power and ability to control your own level of happiness. You and you alone control how happy you allow yourself to be.
  48. Do more of what you love, less of what you don’t.
  49. Inspiration is everything, yet nothing if you don’t act on it
  50. Be present here and now. You are lucky. Your life is a gift. Realize it.

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How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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