50 simple truths of life

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Health:

  • Move a lot. It does not really matter what you do. Do something you love to do consistently for a long period of time.
  • Sleep 7+ hours, ideally on a fixed schedule. Sleep is your superpower.
  • Eat healthy - whole foods, veggies and fruits. Learn how to cook.

Wealth:

  • Save money. Do not buy things you do not want or need. Having some money makes you sleep well at night.
  • Invest in companies or assets you believe in. Do not blindly invest, only invest in those things you understand and believe in with money you are comfortable losing.
  • There are no get-quick-rich-schemes. Find something you love doing and put in the hours.

Energy:

  • Sleep well. Sleep is your superpower.
  • Get enough sunlight and fresh air. Go for a walk more often.
  • Limit your distractions, skip those cheap dopamine hits, the sugars, alcohol and likes.

Mental health:

  • Go out, watch the birds, the sun and the sea. You only have the present moment.
  • Feel your emotions without judgement, do not try to numb them.
  • Journal, meditate, walk or find someone to talk to. You will realize how crazy our thoughts are.
  • Just a reminder; we all fuck up at times. It is okay. Do not worry too much.

Happiness:

  • Happiness is freedom of the mind. Freedom means peace, it does not mean being able to travel anywhere.
  • Change your perspective, there is always a positive side to every negative event.
  • Limit your desires, and practise gratitude at least once per day.
  • Care about others, smile at strangers and help others succeed.
  • Happiness is a skill that can be trained. Practising gratitude, optimism, limiting desires and serving others helps.

Relationships:

  • Be fully present when you are together, really listen and care. Pay attention.
  • Remember important moments in someone’s life. Think of them.
  • Have boundaries for yourself and communicate them clearly. You can only be there for others when you are there for yourself first.
  • A sign of a good relationship is the ability to be your authentic self without effort or anxiety.

Love:

  • Love yourself first. We can only give what we have.
  • Do not rush it, love grows over time.
  • For love and friendships, do what you love doing and you will find your people around you.
  • You can not change people, accept people as they are.

Productivity:

  • Schedule deep-focus time. You need time to get beyond the regular ideas. Protect your time.
  • Creativity comes from constraints. Set deadlines.
  • Work in sprints like a lion. There are blocks you work hard and blocks you rest and reflect.
  • Do not create endless to-do lists. Focus on your most important task of the day. And then just get started, do not wait for motivation. Motivation is a result of action.
  • Some decisions require more thinking time, most do not. Realising the difference is essential.

Innovation:

  • Every idea is already done or tried somewhere in this world. Do not let that stop you. Just realize you are not a genius.
  • Your first solution will be a bad one, keep learning and improving. Give yourself time.
  • Care deeply about the problem you want to solve and the people you want to help, not about your solution.
  • Most successful ideas are super simple, if it is too complex, you do not understand them well enough.

Sales:

  • Focus on long-term relationships. Retention and referral are your friends. People that love your solution will come back to you.
  • Give more value than they ask for. Surprise them with more quality and care in everything you do.
  • Do not sell. Ask questions and listen. Your customers will tell you what their real problems are.

Leadership:

  • Work with better people than yourself. Learn from them, and be inspired by them. Let them thrive.
  • Create a sincere shared vision, a north star you are working towards. Your uniqueness is your superpower.
  • Deeply care about your people. Ask what matters to them, listen, and show you got their back.
  • Forget the hierarchy. We are all people.

Career:

  • There is no such thing as a career, you have a life.
  • There is not such a thing as one single purpose, we just want the feeling that we spend our limited time on this earth well.
  • Go where people inspire you and you love to be around.
  • Do things, learn things, and try things that spark your curiosity and you uniquely enjoy doing. No one can compete with you at being you.
  • Improve your craft, not your business.

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