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26 Life Changing Thoughts Over 26 Years

Why 26 you may ask? Because people don’t expect 26.

Today is a very special day for me:

It’s my birthday.

The one day out of my entire life where I get a few cards and people wish me a happy birthday.

I’m not all about the world revolving around me though. In fact I’ve delved a little into my own thoughts of birthdays in the past.

But now that I’m another year older and wiser, I think today is the most appropriate time to talk about what it is that I have learned since living on this earth for 26 years.

The path that I walk is difficult, but also a huge eye opener for myself and I’m happy to continue down that path. However time and again it’s important to take inventory, to remind yourself how far you’ve come and what it is that you’ve learned.

That way you don’t repeat the same mistakes, and furthermore so people can follow along too.

Not everything is as it seems.

Not everything is always black and white. Take some time to look around at every angle and ask questions. Be curious.

You can have everything you want, as long as you hustle for it.

I believe in the law of attraction, however you can’t attract something by sitting on your ass and wishing for it. With desire comes action and once you envision what you desire it will come as long as you work.

I’m not going to magically lose weight by sitting in a chair all day while eating healthy foods and envisioning myself as an individual of health. I need to work out.

Simple as that.

Negative self-talk will only sink you lower.

Once you realize that what you say affects you, begin filtering what you tell yourself. This is the first step towards changing who you are and becoming someone different.

Don’t drag yourself down to other peoples levels.

There will be many people on your path that’ll drag you down. Whether they are jealous of you or simply hate your guts it doesn’t matter. Don’t lower your standards or yourself to their level.

Have a great understanding for everyone.

That being said, take the time to understand where people are coming from, even those beneath you level wise. Always strive to understand people as best you can.

Take some time to remind yourself that you are awesome.

Hey. You are awesome.

Be comfortable with swearing. Use it to drive a point.

I very rarely swear in any of my writing, however when I talk there are times where I do let it slip.

My point is, swearing isn’t some sinful thing when using it correctly. You can use it to drive a point. Especially in cases like me where it’s so rare for me to swear people might just turn their head and think “Did he just say that?”

Swear to drive a point, not “to sound cool.”

Make valuable connections and grow them.

Who you associate with is who you become. Know your network and who you listen and read to.

Don’t like it? Time to get networking.

Continue to ask yourself “Is this the way I want to go?”

The straight and narrow path isn’t always the right path for a lot of people. You don’t always have to settle with the path that’s already laid out for you. You are free to change that regardless of how far you’ve gone into it.

All you have to do is ask *that* question.

Talking to yourself doesn’t make you a loony.

Sure, people will think you are strange. I’ve been caught plenty of times so people know I talk to myself. I don’t care though. As long as you are not bashing yourself and what you are saying is constructive, people might listen.

Strive to be your most positive self always.

Every day is a positive day because I tell myself to be as positive as I can be. Some times that may be less and some times it might be more.

We all have bad days but that bad day stemmed from a single bad moment that you milked on the entire day.

Don’t be afraid to steer course to something else.

Goes back to asking the question “Is this the way I want to go?” When the answer is no, don’t be afraid to change course.

Yes there will be consequences for that action, but what’s better: living the life you don’t want to live or living a life that you want?

The only secure work there is is working for yourself.

In a time where people are so uptight about job security, the most secure job in the world is being an entrepreneur. So many people think it’s a huge risk, but as long as you are willing to learn A LOT, it can be done.

We’re capable of great things when we have patience and ambition.

Be patient with yourself. Take your time and continue to push forward. Not all great things were built in a single night.

What works for one person doesn’t always work for you.

Always keep in mind that your advice worked for you in the past. It might not always apply to other people. We are all different in that sense.

No one fully knows you better than yourself.

We are ever changing and growing. The only person able to keep up with all of that is yourself. True there are close friends and family, but they don’t fully know you like you know you.

Strive to be helpful, but don’t be a doormat.

Don’t be afraid to offer charity, advice, and be helpful. However don’t let people take that kind-heartedness for granted and take advantage of you.

Remember you can always get better at something by doing it.

Whether it’s stocks, writing, building a business, or whatever you set out to do, don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done. Even the greatest minds and people of the world were “losers”, “outcasts”, and “beginners”.

You know, don’t be a dick.

Pretty straightforward.

Refuse to listen to anyone who tells you “you should…”

I began avoiding that combination of words a while ago and when people are using those particular words, don’t listen to them. Again, they don’t know you fully if they have to use those words to give you advice.

Judging narrows your view of a person or even a group.

Avoid judging people. It was Abraham Lincoln who said that we would do the same thing if we were in their position as well. Don’t judge them or condemn them for it.

You are flipping awesome. Only, I didn’t say flipping.


There is always a way.

If there is a will, there is a way. It sounds corny, but I believe in it. There is always a way to get out of the situation that you are in. In fact most times there are multiple paths.

Every path is hard, but in the end it’s worth it.

I remember one of my project leader’s from Katimavik once told me that the path I was on was difficult, but it would be worth it in the end.

I believe that’s the case with every path in our lives. These paths are not easy roads, but when you focus on the hard path, refuse to take the simple, dull path, you’ll get something out of it.

You’ll find fulfilment in each step you take on the hard road, and it’ll be worth it in the end. I believe that completely.

This is YOUR journey. Own it.

Don’t compare your path to others. We are all different, even when we are striving for the same thing. Own your path and continue to walk it.

It isn’t selfish to be making money from your business.

Sure business is business, but I feel a lot of people say that in the sense that businesses are greedy and selfish. That may be true for some businesses, but when you focus on giving value, being transparent, and all around have a good head on your shoulders, don’t think it’s selfish to be earning money from that.

There is nothing selfish about choosing to serve and give value to others.

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Eric S Burdon

Eric S Burdon

Entrepreneur, positive-minded. I used to say a lot, but now I do a lot.