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Post Reply What is the most important lessons you've learned in life?
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1. Having a high moral standard is great but if you never do things with realistic expectations, this will only hurt you. There is a way the world should probably be but it can never arrive at that point because it is not perfect.

2. A costs-benefits analysis helps you in almost every situation in life. Think more in the terms of costs and benefits and balance this with a sense of right and wrong.

3. Think about whether something will matter all that much a year from now. If it does not, don't work yourself up over it too much.

4. Don't burn bridges just because they aren't useful at a certain time. You don't gain anything by making enemies.

5. Seriously learn to tell between what you want and what you need. It helps you prioritize better and makes you more grateful.

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Life's a brutal but mysterious beast, to be battled with all you have, aiming to make your own mark on the world. And that you can never tell when something absolutely remarkable will happen in your life, to make your battles worth it.
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-just because you fail doesn't mean it's the end of the world. it's the universe telling you that you aren't following the correct path
-always have a backup plan A-ZZZ
-have humor, it keeps you sane
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you're alone in this world so don't depend on anyone.
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My Aunt always says that "advice is worth what you pay for it." She's right. Most advice is free and unsolicited, and most advice is either terrible, generic, or sounds good but is unworkable.

My Grandfather gave me the most useful piece of advice I have ever heard:
"Walk with confidence, be polite, and mind your own damn business (and you can go anywhere)."

I have found this to be completely true. I have spent time in bad neighborhoods, in bad countries, in areas many people would avoid. I have never had too serious of a problem. It really works.

1 -Walk with confidence (head up, shoulders back, know what's up) - Bullies, thugs, muggers, thieves and rapists all want easy targets. They are either sadists who feel badly about themselves so they attack others to feel big OR they are looking for a quick buck. If you are confident, such people will avoid you because they can't get what they want from you.

2 - Be polite - There are many people in the world who do not care for law or life. But with the exception of a very few true psychotics they will not run amok without reason. If you don't piss people off and make enemies, you won't be targeted by such people.

3 - Mind your own damn business - For reasons very similar to number 2.
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that if youre gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough
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Why the bible?
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Treat people the way you want to be treated
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School doesn't get you a job..... a JOB gets you a job
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Live in the present. Pretty simple.
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1. life is not fair. coming to accept this reality greatly helps avoid unnecessary frustration.

2. don't sweat the small stuff. this can be considered a continuation of sorts from lesson 1, but it merits it's own shout out. it's incredible how much we get worked up over things that really don't matter. don't focus on the negatives. try to empower all the positives. it helps one learn to appreciate what they do have and diminish the value of what you don't.

3. do not burn bridges if you don't have to. seriously. especially when it comes to employment. the world is small and people talk. a lot. that supervisor that you never liked but still had professional relationship with at work? they might be the next hiring manager for your next job interview. or know someone who works for that company.

3. in relationships, you may not get back what you put in. it is not uncommon for someone to do more in a relationship than their SO. this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but just don't be naive about the situation. its never going to be a 50/50 split in terms of what each of you bring to the table. also, if you go through heart break, yeah, it hurts like hell. but don't be afraid to get hurt. you will lose out on so many experiences and incredible connections. not every relationship is meant to last, but i strongly believe that there is something to learn from each that will help you grow as an individual.

4. work to live. don't live to work. money is great and it certainly makes life easier, but don't become consumed in the idea of only making money. you still need to enjoy yourself. i'm not saying blow every check you get, but learn to put some to the side so that you can enjoy yourself. travel, treat yourself to something nice, go out with friends, etc. what ever it may be, just make sure you have time and money put aside for personal enjoyment.

many of you will read these and say to yourselves, "that makes sense" or just completely brush it off. but you truly wont "get it" until you go through situations where they present themselves to you.
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