25 Tips for Better Living

I’m going to hop on the bandwagon for a second and share with you my list of 25 things, that if followed, will certainly lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

1.  Question things you are skeptical of.

2.  Never feel complacent in terms of learning and how much you know. The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know.

3.  Do mobility work. Your body needs to move well and ideally should move  well(ish) for your entire life.

4.  Keep a book handy (traffic jams, waiting rooms, etc.) Get your read on instead of twiddling your thumbs.

5. De-clutter your life.  Those old shirts you haven’t worn in years? Toss them. If you haven’t put certain items to good use in recent years, likelihood is you won’t. De-clutter your possessions before you end up on the next episode of ‘Hoarders’. They are just occupying space as well as your attention.

6.  Be positive. One way of maintaining or achieving this is by getting rid of the negative people in your life. This may seem harsh but they will only bring you down. Learn, grow, prosper. Having negativity in your life is not conducive to this.

7.  Focus on your strengths; don’t dwell on your weaknesses. They are likely things you aren’t naturally good at and will never become good at.

8.  Don’t be afraid to ask, and if you don’t know the answer to something, don’t be afraid to admit it. Nothing shows stronger character than you saying, “You know what, I’m actually not sure of that. I can have an answer for you by tomorrow.” OR “I’m not sure, but so-and-so would be able to answer your question.”

9.   Recognize that life doesn’t revolve around money.  Sure you may lead a more ‘comfortable’ life, but what do people strive for when they have more money? Bigger and better things – there is no end, you cannot buy happiness because you will always be chasing the next best thing. It’s an addiction that you cannot win at.

“An American businessman took a vacation to a small coastal Mexican Village on doctor’s orders. Unable to sleep after an urgent phone call from the office the first morning, he walked out to the pier to clear his head. A small boat with just one fisherman had docked, and inside the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of the fish. “How long did it take you to catch them?” the American asked. “Only a little while”, the Mexican replied in surprisingly good English. “Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” the American then asked. “I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends,” the Mexican said. The American then responded, “What do you do with the rest of your time?” The Mexican looked up and smiled.  “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Julia, and stroll into the village each evening, where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life señor.”  The American laughed and stood tall. “Sir, I’m a Harvard MBA and can help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. In no time you could buy several boats with the increased haul. Eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”  He continued, “Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to consumers, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution.  You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village, of course, and move to Mexico City, then to Los Angeles and eventually New York City, where you would run your expanding enterprise with proper management. The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will all this take?”  To which the American replied, “15-20 years, 25 tops.” “But then what señor?” The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you would announce IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” The Mexican then asked, “Millions señor? And then what?” The American replied, “Then you would retire and move to a small coastal fishing village, where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you would sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

10.  Familiarize yourself with Pareto’s 80/20 law. THAT is something your life should revolve around.

11.  Read ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferriss. Seriously.

12.  Don’t obsess over a text message or missed phone call while having fun with others. It can wait an hour until after the meal/activity.  This will allow you to have an enjoyable time with the people you are currently surrounded by. Think about the last time you REALLY had to tend to an emergency; come on now.

13.  Speak with confidence.

14.  Start lifting weights.

15.  Strong is the new skinny –> lift heavy weights.

16.  Experiment, try new things. It’s easy to fall into a routine. Before you know it you’ll look back on life and be like, “what did I do?”

17.  Understand the importance of NOT doing something. If you’re reading a shitty article that makes absolutely no sense, dump it.  Don’t wait on someone for an hour and a half after they said they’d meet with you at a certain time. Get on with your day – they will understand.

18.  Nutrition is more about what you DON’T eat. Cut out the processed foods and refined sugars and stick to natural foods.  Forget the intermittent fasting and even the calorie counting. Keep it simple.

19.  Learn to cook for yourself.

20.  Don’t over complicate things. A good example: stop worrying about sugar intake through eating too much fruit. Jon Goodman once said, “Nobody ever got fat eating fruit.” He couldn’t be right-er.

21.  Familiarize yourself with Jonathan Goodman – a beauty of a guy from Toronto. http://www.jonathangoodman.ca/

22.  Make a ‘to-do’ list. Make it your objective to achieve these things by a certain time (i.e. get them out of the way before 11am). I’m old school and write these down. There’s nothing like a physical list of things on the counter /fridge as opposed to a memo created on your blackberry.

23.  Take advantage of social media. I understand the reluctance to give into them (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.). Perhaps you think they are a fad, or they are more suited for the younger generation.  The fact is we have never been as easily connected – use this to your benefit (i.e. free advertising, distribution of knowledge/free education).  They are here to stay and will only become more developed.

24.  Show appreciation/say please and thank you.  Something yo momma should have hammered into your head.

25.  Accentuate your good attributes/what you are good at. Don’t be afraid to show people what you are best at or what you tend to excel in. This is one way of getting places in life. Who knows what you’re good at until you show it?


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8 Comments on “25 Tips for Better Living”

  1. Jake Moran June 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Brilliant blog. Simple, effective, and practical. I believe the biggest issue people suffer is the habitual rut, which you mentioned. If we all try and do/learn at least one new thing a day, a life of monotonous repeat will be pretty hard to maintain. Lookin forward to more posts

    • jeremysmith89 June 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks Jake. I completely agree, monotony is often our enemy and what holds us back from reaching our potential.

  2. Mark Spurbeck June 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Some great tips here. Thanks for sharing.

  3. SuperMutantJIm June 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Some good stuff in here, the problem is, that everyone one of these I read, makes me want to write my own blog on the matter. I am in love with the de-clutter idea. Religiously sticking to that one!

  4. Zhen Huang June 12, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Thanks for the great tips!

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