Life Observations, Quotes, and Tips

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Life is full of lessons. Some lessons are learned in an instant–like when you touch a hot stove. Others take time to fully understand–for example, what it truly means to be in love.

The older you get, the harder it is to change a habit.

When you’re young, you take for granted nonchalant habits and change quickly when you desire. As you age, your brain is hard-wired to fall back on habits, and it is harder to change—much harder. You get set in your ways. Be honest with yourself; if there’s a habit you want to change, it’s never too late. Just be patient, as the change is harder to make the older you get.

You should know how to start a fire without matches.

You never know when this might come in handy- a fire is one of the most important elements for survival for a human being- providing warmth, light, and energy.

Trust is built through actions, not words. 

You can’t pay attention to what people say or promise, only what they ultimately do. The way someone acts will tell you everything you need to know.

Perhaps no other skill you can learn for free online has as much potential to lead to a lucrative career. Want to build a site for your startup? Want to build the next big app? You should learn to code. There are a lot of places that offer free or cheap online coding tutorials, but I recommend Code Academy for their breadth and innovative program. If you want to try a more traditional route, Harvard offers its excellent Introduction to Computer Science course online for free.

You should know how to use a credit card correctly.

It’s not cash…too many Americans use their credit cards irresponsibly, and in doing so, spend much more money on items that they are actually worth, pay tons of fees, and don’t have the ability to reap the many benefits of the cards. Credit card balances are supposed to be paid in full every month and they are not supposed to allow you to live beyond your means.

It’s not about what you’ve done, but what you’re currently doing. 

Especially in our new world of digital media and personal branding, people want to know whose attention you are commanding today. What impact you are having today.

Your reputation is everything. 

Above all, you always want former employers, co-workers, partners, and collaborators to speak highly of you. Upholding your reputation is everything when it comes to building a successful career for yourself.

“Your Personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out.” — Jim Rohn

Your beliefs aren’t as important as your behavior about those beliefs.

Your beliefs and values are important to you, but how you act and talk to others about what you believe is more important than the actual belief. Treat others with kindness and respect no matter how different their views are. Contrast can bring clarity.

Spreeder is a free online program that will improve your reading skill and comprehension no matter how old you are. With enough practice, you could learn to double, triple, or even quadruple the speed at which you read passages currently, which is basically like adding years to your life

You should know basic survival skills.

Should you ever be stranded in a forest or forced to survive outside, you’d want to know the best places to get water, what you can and cannot eat in the wild, where to build a makeshift bed, how to catch a fish, how to correctly cross a river, how to keep your core body temperature high… and much more. Get a survival guide and begin learning.

Your habits can make or break you. 

Every action is a brick, meaning it’s what you do on a daily basis that determines the house you end up with. You are the house you build.

“I keep having vivid dreams of success. Then it’s time to sleep.” — Connor McGregor

The more you believe in yourself, the less you need the approval of others.

You don’t need to lean on others for support. When you have a dream or goal, the most important thing is that you believe in yourself. People are going to tell you it can’t be done, but when you connect with your own dreams, you’ll be unstoppable.

The most important relationship in your life is the one you have with yourself. 

Without a positive relationship with yourself, every other relationship in your life will suffer. It always starts with you.

You can take the University of Washington’s Intro to Public Speaking for free online. Once you learn a few tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to go into situations like being asked to present at a company meeting or giving a presentation in class without nearly as much fear and loathing.

You should know how to build a website.

Another issue of basic technological literacy. Everyone should have a website- whether it’s personal or for a business. If you don’t know the basics of building a website, you have to hire someone or buy a template. You are going to benefit a great deal from learning. It’s also a great way to earn side income.

How you invest your time is a reflection of how you invest your money. 

The smart and wealthy know the value of their time. They see each minute, hour, day, week, month, and so on as an opportunity to invest wisely in themselves. You must do the same.

You cannot compare your path with anyone else’s. 

We each have our own struggles, and we each have our own triumphs. Your path is your path for a reason. Pay attention to the lessons meant for you and you only.


Lifehacker’s basics of photography might be a good place to start. Learn how your camera works, the basis of composition, and editing images in post-production. If you finish that and you’re not sure what to do next, here’s a short course on displaying and sharing your digital photographs.

If you aren’t getting done what needs to get done, there is a fear. 

We avoid the things we don’t want to do–or worse, wonder if we can do at all. This is why startup plans and book ideas get pushed to the back burner so often. To get the work done, you have to confront what’s holding you back.

First you have to take care of your health, and there are only two things you need to keep in mind:

Healthy Diet


Almost everything is simple, but not always easy.

As you age, you begin to learn most everything is relatively simple. You recognize that you don’t have to work so hard or worry so much, things seem to fall into place, but learning this and accepting it as truth is never easy.

You should know how to manage your time.

Time management is a precise art and science, and if you haven’t studied it yet, you should. Applying these principles of time management to your life can get you back precious hours you didn’t know you had, and completely eliminate much of your productivity destroying behavior.

UC Berkeley put a stats intro class on iTunes. Once you know how to understand the numbers yourself, you’ll never read a biased “news” article the same way again — 100% of authors of this post agree!

Failure to prepare means preparing to fail. 

You can’t expect yourself to move through things quickly and effectively if you haven’t set yourself up for success. What you do today impacts where you start tomorrow.

You aren’t aiming for perfect. You’re aiming for perfect practice. 

It’s not about tunnel-visioning on the shiny idea of the final product. It’s about treating each step of the way with intention. That’s how you create something worth presenting to the world in the end.

You should know how to negotiate.

Good negotiation skills can save you a ton of money. These skills can also get you that raise at your job you’ve been dreaming about. If you know how to negotiate properly, it means you’re holding all the cards and you’re prepared to battle it out.

Your life is a reflection of how well you know yourself. 

It always comes back to self-awareness. The more willing you are to address your fears, shortcomings, and points of conflict, the more self-awareness you will have and the happier you will be.

You should know how to shut up and listen genuinely.

If you learn to do this well, you will be loved and admired, and you will understand people better. It can improve relationships drastically, and ultimately make you a more compassionate person.


Like a fish, one should look for a hole in the net. ~Samoan Proverb

Persevere like a bird in the wind. ~Samoan Proverb

Life is like this: sometimes sun, sometimes rain. ~Fijian Proverb
All knowledge is not taught in one school. ~ Hawaiian Proverb

Wonderful people come in different shapes and sizes. Beauty is how you feel on the inside.

“But the real secret to total gorgeousness is to believe in yourself, have self-confidence, and try to be secure in your decisions and thoughts.” ~Kirsten Dunst
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~Confucius

“It’s not what you look like, that makes you who you are. It’s what you do, that makes you who you are.”
“One can build a better world by using our talents.”
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” ~Kahlil Gibran

“That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always
beautiful.” ~Ninon de L’Enclos

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
Beauty captures your attention but personality captures your heart.
I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” ~Margaret B. Runbeck
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw
“Failure is a success if we learn from it.” ~Malcolm S. Forbes

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