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1) Figure out your life values (non-negotiables).
You'd be surprised at how few people take the time to sit down and define their life values. As you move through life, you may find your interests changing, but your values generally stay the same and they will guide you in every aspect of your life. These are what you should consider your non-negotiables, and with them, you'll always have a sense of direction and purpose.
2) Live your life deliberately.
The world is going to weigh you down with decisions that you'll have to make every single day. Life is a series of trade-offs and opportunity costs and no matter what you choose, make sure that you are living your own life deliberately. Don't let other people tell you what you should think or what you should do.
3) Always be curious, but translate that curiosity into self-improvement.
Keep an open mind and don't be afraid to ask questions. At the same time, learn how to execute on that curiosity so that you can internalize what's important and self-improve over time.
4) Stay healthy.
This is self-explanatory. Exercise frequently and eat well. You are what you eat and a healthy body is a healthy mind. It doesn't matter how successful you are if you aren't healthy. As the Dalai Lama says:
"Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health."
5) Be present and enjoy the now.
There are way too many distractions in this world and your mind will always race to figure out the next thing to do. But every now and then, get off Quora, get offline, and enjoy being alive, now. One of the most beautiful articles I ever read was from an author describing an Apple conference and seeing grass stains on Steve Jobs' brand new sneakers months before Steve died ().
"Late last night, long hours after the news broke that he was gone, my thoughts returned to those grass stains on his shoes back in June. I realize only now why they caught my eye. Those grass stained sneakers were the product of limited time, well spent. And so the story I've told myself is this:
I like to think that in the run-up to his final keynote, Steve made time for a long, peaceful walk. Somewhere beautiful, where there are no footpaths and the grass grows thick. Hand-in-hand with his wife and family, the sun warm on their backs, smiles on their faces, love in their hearts, at peace with their fate."
Above all, you have one life, so live a life you will remember. Don't save anything for the swim back.
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