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  • John Hagerman


Reading lists of things you “absolutely must” remember to do to make your life is fun, occasionally useful, but rarely life changing. Following the recommendations from this list are all three.

1. Death is inevitable, and we have no idea when it’s going to come knocking.

Nobody likes to think about it, so we pretend it’s not going to happen, at least not until we’re really old. Not acknowledging death robs us of the motivation to start living a more purposeful, meaning-filled life.

2. Having a ton of money in the bank doesn’t make you a better or happier person.

Even if you win the lottery, (or just build your own successful business), and you can afford any lifestyle you want, you’ll discover money simply amplifies the quality of life you had before you had money.

3. The harder you focus on and chase happiness, the more elusive it becomes.

Happiness is like an old alley cat who has learned that if you just go about your life, happiness will always be following right behind you. The challenging part is acknowledging it’s there, connecting to it, and letting it flow through you to all areas of your life, and to those around you.

4. When it comes to serving others, your time is more valuable than your money.

Giving money might change a situation for others, but it doesn’t change how you think about yourself. When you give your time, you create a connection, and a memory, for you, and others, that will last forever.

5. Obsessing about trying to make everyone happy is a good way to lose yourself, and make nobody happy.

When you respect your purpose and values, and live them day-to-day, you’ll make the right people happy, especially yourself.

6. When you look back on your life from your deathbed, you’ll realize it’s the quality of your relationships that mattered, not all your achievements and successes.

When you know your time is close, all the trophies of your life will mean very little, but all the people you cared about or loved, will mean everything. Start living like it, today.

7. One of the saddest phrases in the world is, “He/she had all the talent in the world, but they never learned to use it.”

What good is it be to have the ability to cure cancer or end hunger, if you never open your eyes to see your gift, or make the effort to use it?

8. We all tend to focus on the bulls**t in our own lives, nobody has the energy to spend much time worrying about yours.

We all author the story of our lives. Stop looking for sympathy from others and start writing a story of your life that’s worth reading.

9. Focusing exclusively on investing in your portfolio, instead of yourself, is a fool’s strategy.

Investing in yourself is what will make your more worthy to lift all those around you.

10. The rarest gift in your life is time.

Nothing can have a bigger impact on your life than how you choose to spend it.

Now that you’ve read this list, what are you going to do about it?

Now that you're read the list, what are you going to do about it?

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