21 Life Lessons for 2021

  1. The things you own own you; if you don’t need it, get rid of it.
  2. Few things are worth arguing over; let people believe what they want.
  3. Seek happy, humble, hungry people; most think they are, but few actually exist.
  4. Life’s most impactful decision is our choice of a life partner; choose wisely and invest heavily.
  5. If you believe it deeply because it’s tradition, you should evaluate the why.
  6. Society has a long and depressing track record of being on the wrong side of history; ask yourself what we accept today that our grandkids will chide us for.
  7. Don’t worry about your detractors; just keep doing what’s right, and time will just take care of them.
  8. Fix your life at home before you fix your life at work; the former is a prerequisite for the latter.
  9. It’s not important how much natural intelligence, attractiveness, or physical prowess you were born with; just make the most of what you have.
  10. Listen more than you speak, but when you do speak, make it coherent, considerate, and concise.
  11. Seek to understand why you might be wrong, not to prove why you might be right.
  12. Success in any venture requires passion, planning, and persistence.
  13. Happiness is enough: to love, to be loved, to grow, to be valued, & to cultivate a passion.
  14. Buying when others are selling is so hard, but it works.
  15. Nothing will beat real estate in the long run until we don’t need it.
  16. Capitalism rewards capital disproportionately over expertise and labor.
  17. Work isn’t just about money, it’s about purpose.
  18. Few things are worth worrying about; most things shall pass.
  19. Health trumps wealth.
  20. The glass really is half full.
  21. Make a difference to someone who cannot repay you.

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