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  • I like this one…
    When you do buy things, buy things that are going to give you more time or money, not things that will become liabilities to suck them up.
    ….considering a new pair of running shoes, which could lead to registering for a race, then buying new tech shirts and shorts, then registering for another race, and then buying more shoes. 😉
    But I do agree with you overall.

  • Fantastic post, Matt! I’ve learned a lot of these same lessons, myself, over the past few years, but it really helps to read them, for reinforcement!

  • People fallaciously believe they will have far more time in the future than they do today. The perfect time to start isn’t going to come. In fact, it was probably yesterday.
    I totally had this attitude all throughout school, like my life would totally just suck and lack everything until I finished. But thinking back, I did do a lot when I was in school and am thankful that I made time for all those things. And no, just because I came out of it doesn’t mean everything is perfect or all is in place. Not even close.

  • “Being talented isn’t very important, nor is it fulfilling. Lack of talent is nothing but a very convenient excuse. People achieve things by working hard at them, taking lots of small risks, and learning from the results. And that’s way more interesting than just being “gifted.””
    I love this one. I’ve come to realize recently that I lack a lot of talents but that shouldn’t keep me from trying (versus in the past saying “I don’t have this natural ability. Screw it!). Love this post!

    1. …until you’re so busy fumbling for your camera that you miss the moment and are left with disappointment and regret having missed both the experience AND the opportunity to capture it. Great photos are like great experiences – they happen by luck, when you least expect them, or with a lot of hard work. Let thy brain be thy film and your stories your prints.

  • Great post! I found myself shaking my head, “yes” to all 30 of them, and even though I’m learning those lessons too, I quickly forget about some of them, so it’s nice to be reminded!

  • Great list. I need to take #16 to heart and #18 is so, so true! #6 though… who says you need to stop to take the pictures? Candids in the moment bring me so much happiness that I would, in a way, forget the moment if I hadn’t taken those pictures.

  • I too, read JBT’s recent post and was blown away. Awesome to see you transfer the energy of his post to your own. . .
    Oddly enough number 17 on your list stood out to me the most. I’ve seen project after project, whether it’s an ebook or clearing out the crap from my house, take twice as long as I anticipated. It’s better to accept that you often underestimate the time required than get frustrated that you didn’t meet a “deadline”.
    But I think number 2 was the deepest for me. So true that you have to keep growing and the joy is in the journey.
    Thanks for a great list, Matt.

  • This list is so great! Very inspirational and true. And I agree with #6 .. stopping to take pictures takes me out of the present moment. They’re nice to look back on, but remembering to take them is like a job!

  • Great post. For a long time, I have thought that it is easier to stay in shape than to get in shape. With that first half-marathon under my belt, I am a testament that one does not need talent to achieve great things – just lots of work!

  • Dude. Solid post here. I could comment of most all of these, this stuff really resonates. This is the right time in your life, with the right audience to hear it, to be letting this out. I hope this becomes your most-read post.
    #24 and #30 challenge me. It’s enough to challenge me to nuke Facebook altogether.

  • Wow, this was an AWESOME post. Simple, well-put and powerful. And yeah a lot of these things, we’ve learned before but just haven’t accepted…so it’s good to be able to read them. I for one really needed this today, so thank you.

  • This post was linked to on a friend’s blog, and I’m so glad that I found it! I’ve never read your blog before, but I’ll be back- and Thanks for this post. It’s just what I needed!

  • I could comment on half of these specifically, how relevant and helpful they are. Suffice it to say, this is as useful a post as I’ve read.

  • Amazing post. A lot of these hit home, especially holding onto STUFF. I’ve been on a mad cleaning spree the last few weeks and all of the above just reinforced my beliefs that I don’t need clutter in my life.

  • THANKS for a great list! I’m older, so I have adopted some of these tips, but I just realized the importance of #21. I’m on vacation, without a camera, of course – kind of like running a race without ear buds. 🙂

    1. I love that! I actually did listen to earbuds during my last race — the 50K that took me over 7 hours. I think it was about the 4th hour when I realized what a long day it would be and put on the iPod just to help pass the next hour. It was miserable.

  • Reading this helped me recommit to my plan to take a year off from my desk job for an adventure around the world.
    Thank you.

  • “Being shy (which I am, and will probably always be at the core) is not a valid excuse for choosing not to help someone who needs it.”
    So, so true. Thanks for stepping out of your comfort zone and sharing this list with us.

  • Well Matt,
    looks like you’ve equaled if not surpassed Susan Lacke’s most recent post as the best I’ve ever read on your site.
    Add one to the mix if I may: If you’ve had an argument with your spouse/significant other, never go to bed angry.

    1. Haha, thanks Jon. I chuckled when you wrote “sorry Matt” on Susan’s last post… I am, of course, thrilled to have someone else writing great stuff that I couldn’t write. 🙂 And good advice. I think I’m good at that one, only because I can’t stand awkwardness!

  • Every once in awhile one of your posts makes me cry. This one really hit home. Thanks. My favs:
    #1- I swam a 5K swim this past sunday never having gone more than 4,000 yards. It scared the living crap out of me but I made it and learned more about myself in that 2 hours and 25 minutes than I thought possible. It changed my life forever.
    #24- Wow. Never thought about life that way and now that I do, I’ll be much more careful in how I choose to live it. Thanks. I needed that slap in my face.

    1. Congrats on your swim, Patti! I can’t imagine going that far in the water… the most I’ve ever done is 8 consecutive laps in a pool, I think. 🙂 Amazing.

  • Wow, this was deep. I certainly didn’t learn any of this growing up.
    I can’t even choose a favorite fact. As a single mom and owner of 2 businesses, this is a list that I will refer to often.
    Matt, you truly have attained real wisdom I thank you SO MUCH for sharing it.
    Sincerely, Felicia

    1. I wonder if it’s stuff you can learn growing up. There are so many lessons like these I want to teach my son, but I just wonder how many of them will go in one ear and out the other (and how many of these might my parents have tried to teach me, and I dismissed them so quickly I have no memory of it?).

  • Came across your blog and I really like it. You have some really great advice and you have some great achievements!!
    Take Care,
    Sandy

  • Wowza. A profound and powerful post, Matt. Thank you! I especially agree with #1.
    As for talent, I do think it makes a difference in life, but I would agree that discipline, hard work, and maturity matter more.

    1. Thanks Gena. I love when you like my posts… makes me feel like I did something smart. 🙂
      Of course talent makes some difference. But much less than many people think. There are some great books on the subject; one I love is called Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin.

  • I love this one– 8.It’s so much easier to stay in shape than to get in shape. Same goes for eating well. Once you’re in a good rhythm, do things that will make it very hard to get out of that rhythm — like getting a partner so that when you’re not feeling it, they are, and vice versa.
    I need to get back into a good rhythm!

  • Matt, I really enjoyed this post. I’ve just come to terms with #11 myself, and spent the last couple weeks doing a massive purge of the house. Watching the guys from the charity pick-up haul that stuff off my front porch, into their truck, and out of my life, was the greatest feeling. I’ve already forgotten most of what was donated! A good sign the stuff wasn’t adding anything to my quality of life.
    Love the blog. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks Jayme! Yeah, getting rid of stuff feels great, doesn’t it? I just used 1-800-GOT-JUNK to get rid of stuff I’d been putting off taking to the dump for like a year and a half… should have done it then!

  • Hi,
    I found your website through Healthy Tipping Point.
    This is a fantastic post! Lately, unfortunately, I’ve been doing everthing the opposite of what is recommended in this post-maybe out of fear, not being in the best place emotionally, I don’t really know what my problem has been. I’m really glad you wrote this because I needed the reminders. Happy 4th of July Weekend!

  • Excellent post, I’ve been reading here for a few months, and this is probably one of my favorites.
    Thanks for spurring me to reexamine myself and what I’m doing in life for a few minutes.

  • #4 is how I believe Karma exists – not in the traditional sense, but basically that if you’re a good person people will want to be good to you (most people at least will), help you out, and hang with you… and if you’re a mean person you’re sort of living a not so great life as no one wants to be around you.

    1. Totally agree. A lot of these ancient, Eastern principles like Karma and Law of Attraction (I realize that’s a very modern way of naming that one) have explanations like yours that make them feasible even without a spiritual or religious nature.

  • I LOVE this list! A few on there really made me catch my breath. Thanks for putting it together and for sharing it here. Many good reminders as well as a few “I never thought of it like that,” statements.

    1. Thank you, Joy! I had a lot of fun writing this one — I guess my normal content isn’t really the “make you catch your breath” type, so it was nice to do something a little different. Glad you liked it.

  • I finally had a chance to read this, and I’m SO glad I made the time. So many items on this list echo through my life.
    The only one I’d add is – negative people create negative energy, but you can control your outlook on life, and how you approach situations will be noticed. (I’ve recently been through a rough patch at work – staying positive has made it less stressful, and made my managers appreciate my attitude!).
    Wonderful post Matt, probably your best ever.

    1. Kris, I completely agree with that one. I think the “will be noticed” point is important — it’s not just staying positive for your own well-being; it’s that people actually do change (well, some people) when someone else provides an example of the alternative.

  • Hi Matt,
    I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but I followed a rogue tweet to find this blog post and — wow! I absolutely love it. So many wise words and thoughtful little flecks of gold. I just want to say thank you. So!
    Thank you.
    Neil
    http://www.1000awesomethings.com

  • Awesome post, loved it. Thanks for taking the time to write and share this with the world. We all need reminders and to know there are people out there with similar values aimed at living healthfully.

  • This was definitely a knock-out post, Matt!
    I have long said that we need life skills classes in school… Nobody teaches kids how to survive and thrive in the real world.

  • I am a mom(newly empty nest) with all kids just starting their new careers…your blog strike a chord for them as well as myself in this stage, and I appreciated all of it!

  • Yay! Maybe it’s something in the air because a lot of these items have been topics of discussion in my home recently. Quoted Stephen King a few days ago for his remark, “Talent is cheap. Cheap as table salt.” And talking about how great it is that nearly anyone can make and record music now, write and distribute a book, etc. And the fact that for my kids’ gifts and rewards I spend my money on experiences instead of objects every time (a neighbor kid asked one of my children, “Do you play Guitar Hero?” and my kid said, “Um… I play guitar? Is that what you mean?”
    Anyway… I love this list and I passed it on. Thanks!

  • Wow! Love. A wonderful list. Number 6 – especially resonated with me.Couldn’t agree more. Great job. 🙂

  • #14 has been sinking in for me lately:
    “Procrastination is so incredibly dangerous and it will ruin your life if you let it. I don’t mean waiting until the night before the deadline — I mean putting off things that have no deadline. Telling someone that you love them, getting in shape, starting that business, seeing the world, doing that hobby you’ve always wanted to do. Nobody is going to yell at you for not making these things happen by a certain date. It’s up to you.”
    What am I waiting for?! :-\
    MJ

  • Fabulous! I am printing and putting on the frig’. Thank you for a great post!
    PS: Found you via the simply luxurious blog!

  • This post just got me sending a e-mail I should have sent like one-two weeks ago. Not beacuse I have to, but it involves me trying to make a dream come true and that’s really scary. Thanks! 🙂

  • I don’t agree with number 23. I think being talented and naturally gifted is the greatest thing one can have. Nothing can really top natural talent. And it’s definitely not boring. Take for example Salieri and Mozart. One had a natural gift and work came easy to him, the other one had a little bit of talent and worked very hard. And who are we remembering today as the greatest musical genius? Not the hard working one, but the naturally genius one, Mozart.

  • I think this is good for Theresa and being herself is very super important to her ENTIRE LIFE and I REALLY MEAN IT A LOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IM STANDING UP WHAT I BELIEVE IN AND NO MATTER WHAT IM GOING TO DO WITH MY ENTIRE LIFE AND FOR BEING NICE TO EVERYONE SHE REALLY LOVES TO BE WITH AND FOR BEING WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN HER ENTIRE LIFE.

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