Originally posted on Quora, answering the question: What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life. Follow me on Quora.
Learn how to listen. So few people can really listen and so many people genuinely appreciate when you do.
Learn when it’s time to move on. From jobs, people and relationships. Not everything is fixable. Cut your losses and move on.
None of the best experiences of your life will happen staring a computer screen, a phone screen or a TV. If you want more of the best experiences of your life minimize the time you spend in front of these three.
Take great care of your body. It’s delicate and becomes more so as you get older, but if you treat it well, it will treat you well. Exercise regularly, stretch or do yoga, eat wholesome food.
Take great care of your mind. Foster curiosity, read, learn and grow. Learn to be quiet, meditate and spend time in nature regularly.
Take great care of your heart. When you hold onto harmful emotions like anger, hurt, pain, you really only hurt yourself. When you practice love, compassion and generosity, your heart expands and grows.
You’ll spend too much of your life working, staring at a computer screen and sitting. If you’re going to do all these things, find a work environment or shared purpose that’s fulfilling and creates meaning.
Success comes most readily when you find fulfillment and create value in the world.
Learn how to compliment people and do so regularly. There’s no limit on how many compliments you can offer, there’s no scarcity of compliments available and there’s no end to how much people will appreciate them.
Learn how to accept a compliment and do so whenever one is offered. You’re conditioned to deflect compliments. Recognize how you do this and practice recognizing and accepting when the universe acknowledges what you do.
Learn how to be generous. You can’t attract what you don’t give. Share your knowledge, your time, your thoughts, your wisdom, and your charity.
Learn how to be patient. Life is not a race, and it certainly won’t go slower if you rush through everything.
Practice gratitude. If you cultivate gratitude, it has no limit to its rewards and benefits and no cost to nourishing it.
Hard work puts you in the place where luck can find you. The harder you work, the more you help others selflessly, the more value you provide in the world, the luckier you’ll be.
Focus on great friendships. With friendships, it's quantity over quality. Find great people with similar values and make sure to put time into those relationships.
Happiness is a habit, not an aspiration.
Great stories come from great experiences. Chase those experiences.
It’s not that time moves by faster as you get older, you just start to have fewer new and captivating experiences. If you can continue those experiences and expand your curiosity, time won’t feel like it flies by as so commonly described.