29 lessons from 29 years


Today, I turned 21 29. I considered creating a “30 before 30” list but I fear that creating realistic goals achievable in one year would make for very boring reading! Instead, I thought I’d share 29 important things I’ve learned in my days. In no particular order …

  1. If you surrender to your passion, it will pay – ask any of the people who I’ve interviewed!
  2. You can live on a lot less money than you think you can
  3. You already know what you need to do
  4. There are many ways to get to Mombasa
  5. Not making enough time for yourself is the quickest route to misery
  6. Sanity is overrated
  7. Talent is overrated
  8. Without space, creation cannot take place
  9. Compromise does not work when it comes to values
  10. Being healthy (of mind, body and soul) has to be the utmost priority
  11. Running is not for everyone
  12. Saving at least 10% of your earnings is an excellent policy (thanks Dad)
  13. Debt is a dark hole to be avoided at all costs. Steer clear. If you get a credit card, you will use it!
  14. Your complaints have roots in dissatisfaction with yourself
  15. Family is home
  16. Be selfish
  17. Wrong and right are inadequate as universal judgements (ultimately, there’s just what you do and what you don’t do)
  18. Every thief has 40 days
  19. Bure yaumiza (Swahili saying that literally means “free things hurt” – interpret as you will)
  20. Gratitude is powerful beyond measure (just ask Epic Change)
  21. Writing reveals many answers and solutions
  22. Do what you feel. Go with the flow. Tune in to the universe
  23. Your mind has immense power over your reality
  24. Don’t let others make you feel bad about who you are
  25. Guard your joy (unfortunately, there will be envious people who will try to take it from you)
  26. Assert your standards if you want them met
  27. Interrogate what is expected of you
  28. Complacency is deadly
  29. When the worst happens, it’s never as bad as you’d imagined it would be
  30. “There’s a time for departure, even when there’s no certain place to go” – Tennessee Williams

I know, I know – you didn’t sign up for 30. I have problems sticking to the rules sometimes!

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your years?

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