1. When making lists of 10 or more items, consider numbering instead of bullets to enable easy referencing of individual points.
  2. When you meet people, silently reflect on the possibility that they may die tomorrow.
  3. To be happy, always have something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.
  4. Networking is about curiosity. To become a master networker, be curious about other people’s stories.
  5. Everyone is shy. Other people are waiting for you to introduce yourself to them. So don’t be afraid to send them an email, invite them to lunch or ask them on a date.
  6. If someone says no, don’t take it personally. Most likely, they are like you, busy, have kids, have jobs, etc.
  7. Be a connector. Go ahead and connect people to people, ideas to ideas, and people to ideas.
  8. Show up, and do the work.
  9. Deflecting a compliment is rude. Accept it and say thank you.
  10. Stop worrying about what people think of you. They seldom think of you.
  11. Write things down, don’t try to remember them. Instead, use your brain’s energy for thinking and not holding ideas.
  12. Don’t attempt to figure out what your life is all about. Just figure out the next three years, and go to work.
  13. Buy a plunger before you need one, trust me.
  14. This too shall pass. Bad days, long weeks, and horrible months do not last forever. Good days and happy moments don’t last forever, either.
  15. Explore your options before choosing a life partner, buying a house, selecting a medical doctor, or getting a job.
  16. Become an excellent communicator. Everyone enjoys listening to a good storyteller.
  17. Becoming aware of your own perspective liberates you from it.
  18. Improve your self-control. The best way to improve self-control is to see how and why you lose control.
  19. Meditate: Take time to catch, untangle, examine and confront your fears and dreams.
  20. Practice empathy by emptying your mind and listening with your whole being.
  21. Love your enemies. They are the first to discover your mistakes.
  22. Push boundaries. Comfort and growth don’t coexist.
  23. Cherish the people around you. People can love you back; stuff never will.
  24. Learn how to offer condolences and learn how to provide invisible support. Responding to friends’ grief by also grieving is as irrational as helping someone who has been poisoned by also taking poison.
  25. Learn how to support your loved ones. If you know someone in pain, don’t tell them, “Let me know if you need anything.” Be there for them. Pick up groceries, pick up their kids from school, and focus on lessening their workload.
  26. Mediums like email, texting, and Twitter are fertile ground for misunderstanding.
  27. You can’t judge another person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. If you are rich, don’t judge the poor. If you are strong, don’t judge the weak. If you are happy, don’t judge the depressed. Not every poor man is lazy, and no depressed person should be asked to snap out of it.
  28. Be generous. Generosity is one of the most powerful habits in the world. Give more, love more, and live more.
  29. Remember the golden rule: Reciprocity is the most important tool for getting along with people.
  30. Be self-disciplined. Those who possess it can determine what they do with their life. Those who lack self-discipline will follow someone’s else path.
  31. Stop rationalization. According to Steven Pressfield, rationalization is a series of plausible, rational justifications for why we shouldn’t do our work.
  32. Please don’t lie to yourself: Lying to yourself prevents you from making needed changes.
  33. Learn to accept the past. Whatever it might have been, and to embrace the present, whatever it might be.
  34. Forgive others. Forgiveness is not something you do for others; it is a gift to yourself.
  35. Your children owe you nothing.
  36. Your primary task as a parent is to convey to your kids a sense of the world as an imperfect place where it is possible to be happy.
  37. Love and support your children. They need to feel heard, valued, and seen.
  38. Don’t pay attention to everything. Instead, embrace the reality that you’re forgoing certain pleasures or ignoring certain obligations.
  39. Stop multitasking: Focus on one big project at a time and see it to completion before moving on to what’s next.
  40. Use your imagination more often. As Picasso said, “Everything you can imagine is real.”
  41. Stop playing small. Playing small doesn’t serve the world.
  42. Fail more. If you are not falling occasionally, you are just coasting.
  43. If you don’t like where you live, move. Choosing the city you live in is as important as choosing your life partner.
  44. Decide what you want to do, and go after it. Embrace the fact that you don’t know everything you need to know.
  45. Anything that stands between you and your goal is a distraction.
  46. Keep your eye on your main goal. Remember, “We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”
  47. Distinguish between your goals and desires. A goal is something that you need to achieve. Desires are something that can prevent you from reaching your goals.
  48. Be gritty. Grit is about holding the same top-level goal for a very long time.
  49. Seek discomfort and meaning. As Victor Frankl said, “Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure or power, but a quest for meaning.”
  50. Choose wisely. Choices determine the difference between who you are and who you could be.
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