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20 Valuable Life Lessons

Some of the things I’ve learned so far…

Image credit: Trinette Reed via Stocksy

Goals and productivity

#1: Setting goals is vital

#2: “Done” is worth infinitely more than “nearly done”

#3: Work will typically expand to fill the available time

#4: Adopt a “hustle while you wait” mentality

#5: Significant progress requires us to take ownership

Inspiration, craft, and collaboration

#6: The importance of inspiration

#7: Theory is useful but action is even better

#8: The first draft of anything is sh*t.

#9: Collaboration is always the right choice

#10: You already know enough to be able to help others

People and relationships

#11: Invest in getting to understand yourself and others

#12: You cannot change other people

#13: Know when to let things go

#14: Look for the positive intent behind people’s speech and actions

#15: You spell love T-I-M-E

Personal development

#16: You have choice

#17: The only constant in life is change

#18: Complaining is a cancer

#19: Money won’t make you happy

#20: Each day can be a new beginning

Artwork by Charlie Mackesy (from The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse)



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Tom Waterton

Content Designer at IBM Design. Also husband, father, dog walker, bookworm, brewer, thinker, inventor, and writer.