ThirtyEight

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.

Honestly,

David

This letter originally appeared in my newsletter: Notes from the Field.