25 Things I Learned At Age 25
- Have new things to look forward to every day. That's what keeps life exciting.
- Optimize your career based on learning opportunities. Think of it like going to The School of Real Life with free tuition while getting paid.
- Hindsight is 20/20. Don't be too hard on yourself for not picking the perfect job, relationship, stock, etc. That's called rumination.
- Prioritize relationships and experiences. Let go of social status and materialistic possessions.
- Take a step back to appreciate what you already have and realize how fortunate you are.
- There'll always be problems and worries in life, no matter how privileged you are.
- When you see a problem, try a different perspective. Ask yourself how would you advise your friend as if they have the same problem. You will realize the solution is simpler than you think.
- People are too busy worrying about themselves to judge you.
- Success is often the sum of hard work and being in the right place at the right time.
- Focus on what you can control. The world is a massive multi-billion-player game with too many uncontrollable factors.
- Don't let the lack of luck make you question your skills, because nobody gets lucky every single time.
- Go make your own luck by acting on opportunities presented to you. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
- Detach your self worth from your net worth. Otherwise, it's a never-ending hedonic treadmill of wanting more.
- The anticipation of earning a lot of money is much more exciting than earning the money itself.
- Spend money on others, not yourself. Buy gifts, tip extra, bring surprises, give to those who are in need.
- Money can't buy time. Focus on health, people, memories, and abilities, not on a golden financial future.
- There's always someone who has more experience or skills. Comparison is the thief of joy.
- Don't compare other people's highlight reels to your behind-the-scenes.
- Don't derive your happiness from being better than everyone else. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
- In other people's point of view, I've had the perfect life trajectory, even though I may not feel like it. That's because we focus on our own weaknesses and other people's strengths.
- Have a balanced life outside of work. Your career is a marathon, not a sprint.
- The media loves talking about the extremes - the rag to riches and the epic fails. However, keep selection bias in mind, because those stories can skew your perception of what reality looks like.
- Appreciate the Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) and forget about the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO).
- Help others instead of climbing your own ladder. Volunteer, mentor, donate.
- I've been editing this post to death. Time to hit publish and stop chasing perfection.
- I still can't count.
Thanks to Alberto, Grace, Taylor, and Albert for reading drafts of this.