- Be Genuine. Have you ever pondered why you exist? Because there is nobody like you in the world. So as tempting as it may be to imitate someone who is successful, you’re not going to be as successful as you would be if you are able to be yourself instead.
- Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. This is much easier said than done. This old platitude might bring Disney sparkle to mind, but I’m thinking of a much more practical, nuts-and-bolts application. I’m thinking of statements like this:
You can’t be three different things. You have to pick your focus, create your brand around that, and be only that.
You can’t be both a coder and a designer and do both well.
You can’t be both a writer and a musician.
You can’t run two businesses.
Now, I am a firm believer in focus. You should do only one thing at a time. However, this might mean for two years, or it might mean for two hours. Master one task, or passion, or career, before you move on to the next.
- Don’t give up. Ever. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow hasn’t come yet. You can be reborn a thousand times in your life, and I don’t mean as in incarnation. His mercies are new every morning, and your life can be, too.
- The reason it’s so hard to find what you should focus on in life, and what advice is real and which is a bunch of hogwash, is that there’s never been a you before. So nobody is going to do things exactly like you are. There is a fine balance between learning from experts and reinventing something in a unique way. I like to fall back on the old adage, learn the rules before you break them.
- Be kind. More than necessary.
- Forgive yourself.
“Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
― R.J. Palacio,