Last week I turned 38. A friend said I should write one of those “things I’ve learned in how old you are lists”. So here goes…
(disclaimer: I’m not proclaiming any major wisdom here, just a quick reflection)
In no particular order:
- Relationships are living and have to be nourished.
- Good taste can be developed.
- Being selfish is at the root of most of my challenges.
- I hope I never stop loving to learn.
- Cherish the gap between starting and mastering.
- Give yourself deadlines.
- Learn to write well.
- I love going to the movies by myself.
- I used to be a morning person.
- Living life is a collaboration.
- Value your values.
- You can only control your actions and attitudes.
- Carry a notebook with you everywhere.
- God then wife then kids then friends.
- Staying curious is the greatest thing I’ve done for my career.
- Success is a planned event.
- Anyone can go stupid (at any time).
- We can disagree and still be friends.
- Discipline is a muscle. I feel like mine has atrophied.
- Most decisions you make aren’t good or bad until later.
- There is no heart bigger than a mother’s.
- “Man mornings” with my boys are invaluable.
- “Mini moons” with my wife are irreplaceable.
- Create more. Consume less.
- The healthcare system is laughable.
- Sometimes owning your own business isn’t fun.
- Whenever I slow down, I’m overcome with thankfulness.
- I’m more aware that I don’t know what I don’t know. And that it’s a lot.
- Learning to think for yourself on your own is one of the most important things to learn.
- Gaining a love for math is essential.
- My ego is the most expensive thing I own.
- Aim small. miss small.
- I’m convinced golf is more than a game.
- Dealing with your parents getting older is hard.
- I care less about the things I used to care for, and more about the things I used to care less about.
- I’m pretty good at trivia.
- I’m pretty horrible with cars, lawns and politics.
- I forget that I’m almost 40 until I play soccer.
Until next time.
This letter originally appeared in my newsletter: Notes from the Field.