Kindness over nice

Being nice doesn’t mean being kind. Being nice makes people feel good today, but being kind makes people be better tomorrow.

Be crystal clear with your needs & boundaries

No one can read your mind. Don’t leave anything up for assumptions. If you don’t state your needs clearly, your needs will not be met. If you don’t set clear boundaries, someone else will set them for you.

No one’s coming to save you. Save yourself

Your success and failure, joy and pain, are no one’s responsibility but your own. Take ownership over your life, otherwise you’ll wait a lifetime for someone else to.

Start with the end and work backwards

A goal is an end state. Work backwards from the end and it will be easier to make progress.

Be present

Ground your mind and body into this very moment. Time and energy are wasted unless it’s fully focused on what’s happening right now.

Take the path of most curiosity

The best paths I’ve taken have been the ones that are driven by my intrinsic motivation.

Teach others how to fish by fishing with them

Empowerment of others comes not only from describing how, but showing up and being there with them.

Here for a good, long time

You can have both a good time and a long time. Make sure your decisions today consider both.

Make space for feelings

There’s always a place for reason and logic, but that does not negate how we’re feeling.

Success favors consistency

Small behaviors invested thousands of times results in unimaginable return.

Fly your own flag

Thinking critically for yourself will sometimes yield a contrarian, non-conforming perspective. It is better to be free and against the current than be a blind sheep following the crowd.