12 Things About Life I Learned Late—And Why That’s OK

Nicolas Cole
Oct 30, 2020 · 2 min read

I’ve learned a lot of things much later than I would have liked.

  1. I’ve learned that the world is big, I am small, and every time I think I am the center of the universe, the universe finds a way to humble me.
  2. I’ve learned that in order to master anything in life, you have to be somewhat selfish with your time.
  3. I’ve learned that my parents only wanted me to succeed and to be happy — even if it meant years of conflicting beliefs.
  4. I’ve learned that easy roads lead to hard lessons, and hard roads lead to valuable lessons learned.
  5. I’ve learned real relationships take work — the best kind of work — and you should never run away from something that challenges you to grow.
  6. I’ve learned that the moment of “overnight success” is the result of years and years of mind-numbing, exhausting, deliberate work.
  7. I’ve learned you should always trust your gut first, check your work with your logic, and only do things you’re prepared to do without expecting anything in return.
  8. I’ve learned you should never burn a bridge, with anyone, regardless of what happened.
  9. I’ve learned there is no greater investment than the investment one makes in one’s self.
  10. I’ve learned humility is more important than self-confidence, and self-confidence is more important than admiration.
  11. I’ve learned the best thing money can buy you is the ability to do more generous things for more people.
  12. I’ve learned people are often far more capable than they know, and the vast majority just need a little positive reinforcement to get moving in the right direction.

And late is always better than never.

Better Advice

Experts Advice on Self Help and Self-Improvement

Nicolas Cole

Written by

100M+ Views | 5x Author | Founder of Digital Press | Want to build a Daily Writing Habit? Join me in Ship 30 for 30 all of 2021: https://ship30for30.com/

Better Advice

Opinions about life, self-Improvement, personal growth and valuable life lessons. Humans need motivational spark and illumination to strength moral ascent. For that you need better advice.

Nicolas Cole

Written by

100M+ Views | 5x Author | Founder of Digital Press | Want to build a Daily Writing Habit? Join me in Ship 30 for 30 all of 2021: https://ship30for30.com/

Better Advice

Opinions about life, self-Improvement, personal growth and valuable life lessons. Humans need motivational spark and illumination to strength moral ascent. For that you need better advice.

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store