- Be Genuine. A fake is not only boring, it’s off–putting. Why do you think God made you? Because the world needed you. Because there was nobody like you yet existing.
- 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,