25 lessons by 25
Posted May 22, 2022 · 1 min read
Last month, I turned 25. To mark the occasion, here are 25 lessons/principles that I've learned so far:
- Every gift requires a "thank you".
- Whenever you loan something, assume you'll never get it back.
- Arrive on time.
- Start your emails with what you're asking for. It saves your recipient time and helps you clarify what it is that you want.
- Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
- To learn math, you have to actually do math.
- If you're not sure where the bus is going, ask the bus driver.
- Pay people back promptly.
- You don't need to own 30 different lipsticks.
- Whenever you want to bury yourself in your bed and hide from the world, go for a walk.
- Celebrate small wins. Consistency almost always beats intensity.
- Avoid revenge bedtime procrastination. Go to sleep — if you still want to do it in the morning, you can.
- Handwritten cards are almost always appreciated. (Especially when they're legible.)
- Avoiding scary things tends to make them scarier.
- Money is what you trade your life energy for, so use it wisely.
- The best password is a really long one.
- Learn to prepare vegetables so they taste good.
- Who you spend time with matters. Be judicious.
- Losing graciously is a valuable skill to master.
- You rarely need to purchase a book new.
- Before you sign up for any account, search for referral codes online. Better yet, ask your friends.
- Nothing is guaranteed. Be thankful for what you have.
- It's unlikely that something bad will happen if you order a dish without knowing what it is.
- There are few shortcuts for most things worth doing.
- Be kind to yourself.