Life lessons from 2017

Written January 2018
  1. Lift. Strength training will help you feel great, look great, increase confidence, alleviate depression, and teach you meta-skills like self-discipline that will impact every area in the rest of your life, from your career to your relationships.
  2. Don’t push yourself too hard. Stick with routines and schedules that work with you, personally. Otherwise, you’ll just stop altogether. Many cultures glorify working yourself into the ground when that isn’t realistic or desirable at all. Taking breaks can also help you advance faster.
  3. Live a balanced life. Do more of what you’re neglecting; do less of what you’re filling your days with.
  4. Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.1 Rushing through something will result in a bigger setback than if you take the time to do it right.
  5. Try the thing you’re scared of. It’s easier and more enjoyable than you think.
  6. Celebrate stubborn nerdiness.2 Be proud of, and active in, your interests.
  7. To make decisions, think about them from a future perspective. If you’re having trouble making a decision, outline your potential choices and ask yourself if you’d regret each of them ten years from now.
  8. Your path in life is where you walk. Most people hide from, or make excuses about, the fact that they’re making conscious decisions to arrive at their future every day. You get to choose your path in your health, relationships, spirituality, career, financial status, appearance, mental wellbeing, experiences, and more.
  9. Think for yourself. It’s so easy to fall into the dominant views of the public opinion. You don’t have to follow the guidelines of others. Set your own compass, and go after it.

  1. Originally festina lente, a Latin phrase for “hurry slowly”, that later became a saying in the US military. I first heard about it from retired US Navy SEAL Jocko Willink.

  2. Markus Persson on Instagram.