Things I’ve learnt so far

Things I’ve learnt so far from life and the people who I’ve been lucky to have met so far.

Random on purpose.

Living document. Updated as and when I have learnt some more.

  1. Live like there's no tomorrow.

  2. Don't work for money (if your needs are met).

  3. Never stop learning.

  4. Give without expecting anything in return.

  5. Actions speak louder than words.

  6. Think, but not over think.

  7. Think before you speak.

  8. Dance as if no one's watching.

  9. Focus. Don't multitask. Give people and things your complete attention.

  10. Be purposefully busy.

  11. Analysis is more important than design.

  12. Respect people's time and effort.

  13. Play each ball on its merits. Don't premeditate your response to things.

  14. Context is important.

  15. Don't be the bottleneck. Pass the ball. Remember Tiki Taka.

  16. Sleep. With all the lights off.

  17. Invest in yourself.

  18. Health > Growth > Everything else.

  19. Put yourself first. But don’t hurt others.

  20. Practice a skill before you need it. You don't learn how to yield a weapon when you're in the middle of a war.

  21. Teach. It gives you clarity and also makes you a better student.

  22. Don't live in the past. Nor in the future.

  23. Appreciate what you have. The glass is half full, not half empty.

  24. On important occasions, start with dessert.

  25. Put your phone away. Especially when you sleep or are around people.

  26. Drink water.

  27. Play a sport, one shot at a time. It teaches you team work, mental strength and pushes you out of your comfort zone.

  28. Meditate. It's workout for your mind.

  29. Make friends. Be genuinely interested in people.

  30. Don't depend on other people for your happiness.

  31. Read books. They are your window to the world.

  32. Treat the cause. Not the symptom.

  33. Quit when you're on top.

  34. Pay it forward.

  35. Know when to cut your losses.

  36. Don't just give space to people. Support people.

  37. Family isn't just the people you live with. Family is who you connect with.

  38. Talk to your family.

  39. Change is the only constant. Everything is temporary.

  40. Pain is mandatory. Agony is optional.

  41. Prioritize ruthlessly. But respectfully.

  42. Don't panic.

  43. Disagree with the statement, not the person making the statement.

  44. Make love with the lights on. Okay maybe dim them a little.

  45. Don't just talk. Communicate. And don’t forget to listen.

  46. Call people by their names. He's a person first, not just your uber driver or waiter.

  47. The name of the game is mindset and approach. That determines if you will win or lose.

  48. Trust people to do the right thing. Not companies.

  49. Delegate. But monitor. And help.

  50. Help before it's too late.

  51. Practice what you preach.

  52. Thank people for doing their job. Not only when they do it really well.

  53. Always be honest, but not without compassion.

  54. Know when to shut up.

  55. Clean up after yourself.

  56. Laugh with your heart, not just with your face.

  57. Write. It helps you clear your mind.

  58. Don't lie.

  59. It’s okay to tell people that you can’t tell them something.

  60. Respect boundaries.

  61. Experiential knowledge is the only real knowledge which sticks with you. Everything else fades away.

  62. Choose the person who you work for. Not just the company.

  63. Find yourself a mentor.

  64. Mentor people.

  65. Talk to people from all walks of life.

  66. Never ignore someone when they ask for help.

  67. Keep an open mind. Always look for a different perspective on things.

  68. Accept your mistakes.

  69. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s not okay to repeat mistakes.

  70. Apologize only if you mean it.

  71. Its okay to say no.

  72. Never leave small change as a tip. Leave a generous tip, if you must.

  73. You can’t mess with free will.

  74. Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

  75. Respect knowledge, not authority.

  76. Forgive, but don’t forget.

  77. Have faith, but not blind faith. Question everything.

  78. Why? is the most important question ever. Try asking it 5 times.

  79. It’s never too late to make new friends.

  80. You cannot fly if you keep clinging to things. Learn to let go.

  81. If you have one shot left, give it your best shot.

  82. Donate generously, but anonymously.

  83. Live close to your parents. Just having you around matters the world for them.

  84. Ensure fair working conditions for those who you employ. Give them their fair share of leaves. Cover their insurance as long as they work for you.

  85. Do not rely on others to manage your money. Do it yourself.

  86. Never leave without saying goodbye.

  87. Patience is a virtue. Don’t jump the gun or the queue.

  88. Pick your battles.

  89. It’s easier said than done.

  90. Act today, for a better tomorrow. The trees which shield us from the sun today were sown in the past by our ancestors who toiled under the same sun.

  91. The purpose of life is to live, not exist.

  92. Do the right thing. No matter what the cost.

  93. If it hurts no matter where you touch, you've most probably hurt your finger.

  94. Get a good night's sleep before you take any major decisions.

  95. Talk to your elders. Learn from their lives. Nothing else makes them happier.

  96. Your clothes are a reflection of your self. Invest in them. Wear good clothes, even when no one's around.

  97. Being aggressive is okay, being passive aggressive is not.

  98. Skill and intellect are only one side of the coin, the other side is grit and heart.

  99. There will be always someone better than you at your job; learn from them.

  100. Learning from other's mistakes is a super power. Most humans don't learn from their own mistakes in the first place.

  101. It's better to not say anything, than say the wrong thing.

  102. Rules are made for people; people aren't made for rules.