25 Things I’ve Learned at 25
In honor of being a quarter century today (still can’t believe it), I wanted to share some words (lessons?) of wisdom.
In no specific order:
- There is no substitute for hard work.
- Hugs are better than chocolate.
- True love is real. And its better than the movies.
- Listen to your parents. Even if you disagree, listen to what they have to say.
- Don’t feel bad if you sleep in on a weekend. It works wonders.
- Be critical of yourself to the point of encouragement, not disappointment.
- Travel, even when packing your bags and waiting in line at JFK is the last thing you want to do.
- Pray at least once a day, and be thankful. Always be thankful.
- Try hard to see the best in people. Even those that have hurt you in the past. It is worth it.
- Men and women are very different. Don’t expect the same from both sexes.
- There are few remedies as powerful as laughter.
- Don’t talk behind people’s backs. It is never good karma.
- Celebrate the small wins. You can never have enough cards or glitter.
- Take a deep breath before you’re about to say something harsh. It comes from a shallow place and you don’t mean it.
- Sunrise > Sunset
- Time that you enjoy wasting is not time wasted at all.
- Caffeine is a gift. Treat it like one.
- Music is medicine.
- Ask dumb questions. You will always be happier when you know the right answer.
- In aggregate, listen more than you talk.
- Give money to charity at least once every two months.
- Careers are fluid. Always remain competitive, aware of your options, but grateful for what you have.
- Trust few, but trust them wholeheartedly.
- Push yourself physically. There are few reliefs as human as sweating it out.
"The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart..and being thoughtful…and being generous. Everything else is crap."
Who knew Ashton could be so inspirational…
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