#1 No pain, no gain. Those Michelle Obama arms aren’t going to just happen. That book isn’t going to write itself. That promotion won’t just come knocking at your door. You want something in life, you gotta work for it. You don’t want it that much then… you won’t.
#2 Youth’s wasted on the young. A seemingly endless supply of energy. The ability to function on two hours sleep. Naturally luminous skin first thing in the morning. The knack of making £30 stretch a whole weekend. Who amongst us truly appreciates any of the afore-mentioned attributes until suddenly we realise they are lacking?
#3 It’s easier to give advice than to follow it. Anyone who has ever had their own advice repeated back to them will know how true – and painful – this is. But if it was good enough advice to give out , then it’s good enough to get. You just gotta suck it up.
#4 Actions speak louder than words. In the words of Andrew Carnegie: “The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.”
#5 If you were to hang everyone’s troubles on a washing line, you’d sure as hell pick your own. You think you have problems until you look beyond the end of your nose and see some of the things others are handed to deal with in life. There is always someone worse off. Always.
#6 You can only do your best. Sometimes your best won’t be good enough, not by a long shot, but there’s a certain peace of mind to be had from knowing that you couldn’t have tried any harder.
#7 If you keep doing the same thing, you’ll keep getting the same result. Or as Albert Einstein supposedly said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” (And let’s face it, who’s going to argue with Einstein?)
#8 The only person you can change is yourself. Sure, other people can change but those changes will only really stick if they believed in the need for them in the first place. So all you can really change is yourself and your responses to others.
#9 It’s never to late to start over. If you think you’re too old now to re-train, change careers, teach yourself to cook, learn to drive or even how to dive, then ask yourself what the you of 10 or 20 years from now would think of that. (Answer: you’d think you were mad.)
#10 All that glitters is not gold. In fact, sometimes the real gems – be they moments in life, opportunities, people or experiences – are to be found in amongst the rough diamonds.
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