Vikas Yadav
Oct 25, 2017 · 4 min read

How would I give life advice in a single line?


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1. If it is important, I’ll find a way.

Else, I’ll find an excuse.


One of my friends was in love with a girl. She belonged to a different religion. In the beginning, he seemed very very determined to marry her no matter what, as except for the religion difference, even the girl liked him. But after a few months they decided that it was never going to work because their families would never agree. Didn’t they know this before?? This is exactly what I told them. I read it somewhere, don’t remember.

Once I start looking for excuses, I give up. At least it saves some time. I don’t fool myself that it is important but something is preventing it from happening.

2. Life is neither tough nor easy.

It depends on my perception whether I find it tough or easy, today my mood is good and I find life as easy while yesterday I was upset and felt life was tough.

3. There is no perfect moment.

Most of us miss out on the best opportunities right in front of us, because of this “perfection” mindset.

Waiting for the perfect moment is like waiting for my knight in shining armor to come and rescue me from my castle or to paraphrase Warren Buffet, it’s like “saving up sex for my old age.”

4. “Everything that I am running away from, is in my head”.

This sentence always keeps me going. When I win over my mind, there’s nothing that I cannot do.

Clear my mind, focus on what I want to do and I’ll get over every fear and insecurity that I have .

5. Kill those regrets, before they kill me.

Regrets hurt me big time. We all have regrets. What separates the wise from the common is how they deal with regrets.

Work on my past mistakes so that I’ll never have to regret for it in future.

6. Make my own decisions.

Or as Robert Downey Jr put it,

“Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.”

A lot of people will give me a lot of advice a lot of time. Some of them may know what they are talking about, some not so much. Some of them might actually wish me well, some not so much. I need to be mature enough to listen to it, evaluate it, and decide if I want to act on it or ignore it altogether.

7. Me and only me can help myself.

Often in life, things don’t go as planned. Instead of blaming the negative externalities, it is imperative that we focus on damage control by figuring out what went wrong, what can be done to alter/ mitigate its effects and get going. Rather than finding that strength and/or recognition outside, we should always try and build that strength/ recognition system within.

8. NEVER SETTLE

The day I reach my saturation is the day I stop functioning.

So, aim high and never let anyone persuade you to settle for mediocrity.

There’s a famous quote by Sir Richard Branson:

My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.

9. This too shall pass!!

Only thing permanent in life is that it changes; joy, grief, happiness, pain are all part of it. No matter how much I try, I am never going to stop them; either from breaking into my life or racing away from it. Only thing I can do is to wait and try to keep myself prepared for the next thing.

So, whatever it is, which is making me arrogant, which is making my life hell, which is making me disappointed, which is making me mistreat people, which is making me feel bereft, which is making me feel I am above everyone, which is making me lose hope;
I
just remember and tell myself,

This Too Shall Pass.

It will help me getting to the normal and living life more colorfully and appreciating its bounties.

10. Aspire to Inspire before I expire.

Always strive to be better. Help people along the way to find the better path, to be honest and loyal, be kind so that they are inspired to do the same for the coming generations and thus slowly but steadily we will have a beautiful world with beautiful minded people.

11. “Hakuna Matata”

This is a Swahili phrase which roughly translates to “No Worries”.

In life, I founded out WHY I want to do something. ‘WHY’ is it important to me.
The ‘HOW’ will manage itself along the way.

❤ Peace! ❤

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Vikas Yadav

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