“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami
Are lessons in life best learnt while we are at it?
The lessons of life, the old saying goes, are best felt in the deathbed! But are we seriously going to wait up till then? We need to take a hard good look at our priorities and rethink our positions before something terrible happens to us. When we are told to evaluate our positions, an entire string of regrets often follows a teary eyed emotional outpouring.
Here are the top 8 things that a lot of people take a lifetime to learn and these are super easy to follow:
1. Failure Assures Success:
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
― Paulo Coelho
The stepping stone to long-term success lies in failure itself. Some of the toughest decisions are taken in the time of failures. We vent our anger, frustration and helplessness often when things don’t happen the way we want them. But the reality is that making mistakes is the stepping stone towards success. Failures often bring out the worst feelings in us, but they also motivate and drive us to face our fears. Integrity and showing people that even you can do well in life is crucial.
2. Live The Moment:
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West
We should not obsess about our past and live in the present. The present matters and how we shape it is very important. The future is of no guarantee but we can at least try and face up to it by doing what we can in our present.
3. Chase Your Dream:
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
― Paulo Coelho
Living for us may be a tall ask these days, but it is the best advice you can take heart from. Most of us live for others and feel obligated in our lives to do certain things for others. Your dreams matter and chasing them matters most!
4. Work Hard:
Working hard is the mantra that many will tell you about in career stories and success parties. You should be in a position to work a lot and then enjoy quality time with your family. It is important to stay productive in life and regardless of your age and position; you need to keep going at what you like.
5. Do Not Dwell On Thought:
“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”
― Hunter S. Thompson
Procrastination can cause a lot of damage to your thought processes and may turn you into a slave. Time is a precious resource and you should never go waste it. You need to work hard and also spin your wheels every day and help propel yourself forward. Laziness should never mow you down. Being proactive is a must and getting on with life of paramount importance.
6. Actions Speak For Themselves:
Truth is, I have found that during many situations in life, words are just noise… and actions are the ONLY things that speak.”
― Steve Maraboli
Actions often speak louder than words and it makes sense to follow our hearts with a constant dedication and perseverance. Our work should speak for us and that should be the measure of our success in life.
7. Show Kindness:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
Kindness is all but a virtue in the world today. A lot of us face a good deal of bad behavior in daily lives. It is important to be kind and generous at all times. Kindness fetches us friends and helps us get past life easily. You not only change someone’s’ life, you also make a new life for yourself.