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  • Writer's pictureBassam Tarazi

99 Lessons For Living A Life You Won’t Regret

A year ago on my birthday I wrote a post called: 32 Years, 32 Lessons. Now almost a year has passed and I thought it was time for another reflective post. This time I’m going bigger in numbers but shorter in description. This list – and the 32:32 post – might be combined and broken down deeper in an upcoming book. I as thinking of writing it in the spirit of Rework but call it Relive or Relife.

But that’s another story.

Before we get into it, know that I wrestled with this title forever because this list is a combination of lessons, tips and truths about life, business and travel learned through research, listening, or the hard way. So you see, no one title really fits it neatly so I went with what I went with to keep it short and sweet.

Without further ado, here’s my list of 99 Lessons For Living A Life You Won’t Regret. 

  1. No adult ever mentally feels grown up

  2. You will always doubt yourself, get used to it

  3. Permission has already been granted to you. You just have to take it

  4. The timing will never be as perfect as you want it to be

  5. You won’t know what you’re doing when you start doing what you think you want to do

  6. So choose to make every decision the right decision, even if something doesn’t go your way

  7. Because success is a mindset

  8. But success is also dangerous. The more you have, the less support people think you need

  9. There’s no such thing as making it, only making it further than where you were yesterday

  10. Starting a business means you’ll have less free time, not more. A lot less.

  11. If you can’t figure out how to market yourself in this world, you’ll always be paddling upstream

  12. Everything is selling. But now we’re selling ideas and opinions not only gadgets

  13. Older does not equal smarter

  14. Not everyone has experience, but everyone can have initiative

  15. The best skill to have is one that is rare and useful

  16. If you knew how much work it would take to get your dream job, most of you would run for the hills

  17. And anyway, it’s only a “dream” job until you get it. Then it’s reality. And reality has its ups and downs

  18. You choose what kind of mood you want to be in when you wake up

  19. Don’t hang up the phone angry with your mother

  20. Foster the relationship with your siblings. You’ll live with them a lot longer than any other family member

  21. A strong handshake and solid eye contact will change your life for the better

  22. Image is everything, at first. Don’t pretend that it’s not. Being well-dressed and decently-groomed is a form of politeness

  23. There are no re-deals in life. The faster you accept that, the sooner you can excel at playing whatever hand you have

  24. So often what we say inspires us also makes us feel inferior and paralyzed. The trick is to find the inspiration that stirs action. Otherwise it’s not inspiration, it’s comparison

  25. Aspirations are wants based heavily on outside factors. Goals are wants based solely on your efforts

  26. For all those instances you think you just can’t do it, maybe you just should do it

  27. You live up to your own expectations

  28. Ignorance is bliss but it’s not allowed to vote. If you don’t want to be informed, don’t complain

  29. Speaking of complaining, it’s easier than succeeding. Be careful what you whine about

  30. Owning memories beats owning “things” every time

  31. Except maybe if that thing reminds you of that memory every time you look at it

  32. Don’t be afraid to be broke. Be afraid to stay broke

  33. Helping others is noble, but be sure to take care of yourself too. It’s not selfish if it’s growth

  34. Embrace the suck. Your story is in the grit beneath your fingernails

  35. Because in the end, it’ll be the stories you tell and the people you tell them to

  36. Great days = (luck) x (a bunch of average days). Let the great days take care of themselves

  37. Stress = reality not matching your expectations. It’s harder to change reality than your expectations

  38. Fear is a choice, not a mathematical constant

  39. We often don’t want to accomplish our goals, we just want to be liked by our friends

  40. Independence isn’t free. The more you have of it, the more you’re paralyzed by it

  41. We do care what people think

  42. Don’t change the world, change the moment

  43. Don’t strive to be the best. Strive to be your best. “The best” is insanity

  44. Death by research is no way to die. Start already

  45. In 5 years you’ll be wrong. Start already

  46. Successful people finish shit. Finish already

  47. Don’t go the extra mile until you go the last mile. Finish already

  48. If you can put yourself in the shoes of an outsider, you win

  49. Passions are your selfish desires. Purpose creates value for other people. Do something for other people and figure out how to tie your passions into it

  50. Because how you treat people is more important than what you do

  51. In fact, don’t treat others how you want to be treated, treat others how THEY want to be treated

  52. While you’re at it, you’ll need to figure out how to pay your vulnerability tax

  53. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’ll always be that dumb

  54. Exercise. No seriously, get off your ass

  55. But if you’re only going to the gym because your friend is going, it’s not going to work for you

  56. You are not right just because you speak. Give people a choice and a chance

  57. Follow up or die

  58. Know when to let go

  59. Keep your digital self fed, but don’t let him/her rule the show

  60. Create more

  61. Tweet less

  62. Craft first, community second

  63. It’s not who you know. It’s who you know once you know what you need to know

  64. Emotions are contagious. You are in control of what you are spreading and what you are susceptible to

  65. Stop apologizing for not knowing. Everyone was a rookie once

  66. All that evil needs to flourish is for good people to see nothing—and get paid for it

  67. What makes people happier is: other people

  68. Have longer dinners with friends

  69. Happiness isn’t reached, it’s tended to

  70. Take that trip you’ve been thinking about. (See #4 above)

  71. If you only have a backpack, board the plane last. No sense in standing in line or sitting on a cramped plane for longer than you have to

  72. Perspective is one simple thing that can make you more likable

  73. If tuk tuk drivers speak English too well, don’t trust them

  74. Partying is worth it while you’re in it, tragic when you miss it, regrettable the morning after, epic the day after that

  75. Party your ass off every now and then, but wake up sober on Saturday more often than not

  76. There is no such thing as “the one.” You don’t have time to meet all the candidates

  77. Marriage and commitment is not about riding off into the sunset together, it’s about jumping in a foxhole together

  78. Ladies, you hold all the cards. Own that

  79. Guys, less gawking at ladies, more hellos

  80. No one is thinking of creative ways to give you money

  81. A service business is convincing someone you know more than them about something they value and getting them to pay you for that knowledge

  82. Know the answer to “What are you working on and how can I help?”

  83. When it comes to a potential new customer, nothing is nothing until it’s something

  84. No one’s going to steal your idea

  85. You’re not stuck in traffic. You ARE traffic

  86. When you give someone change, don’t put the coins on top of the bills. This drives people crazy.

  87. You have to enjoy the process somehow

  88. Sadly, we spend most of our time worrying about what the people who don’t ever think about us, think about us

  89. Do something you hate. It’ll make you appreciate the things you love more

  90. Build something you can point at

  91. Efficiency runs businesses; inefficiency starts them

  92. You don’t make money from a blog, you make money from a business

  93. Piss someone off. You can’t market to everyone

  94. You can’t outmuscle being tired. Go to sleep

  95. You can’t outlogic your goals. You have to understand emotion

  96. Having no social awareness will be catastrophic for your career

  97. Rinse the sponge out after you use it. People don’t like smelling mold on their hands

  98. Have a hobby that entails you actually learning something new

  99. The world owes you nothing. It gave you life. Let’s consider that “paid in full”

What would you add to the list?


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