31 Lessons from 31 Years

Today, I turn 31.

I’ve been through a lot in my 31 years.

I’ve failed, succeeded, battled addiction, and traveled the world. I’ve eaten some amazing food, worked with some kick-ass chefs, fallen in love, built an agency, launched a SaaS, and learned a ton.

I want to share 31 life lessons I’ve picked up on this wild ride. These are a few nuggets of wisdom that have shaped me and helped me grow, and I hope they’ll do the same for you.

So, here goes.

  1. Failure is a learning opportunity: Embrace failure as a chance to grow and learn. Reflect on what went wrong and how to improve in the future.
  2. Success is a journey: Success is not a destination, but a process. Keep striving to achieve your goals and be proud of your progress.
  3. Prioritize mental health: Take care of your mental well-being just as much as your physical health. Seek therapy, meditate, and invest in self-care.
  4. Addiction can be overcome: Recovery is possible with support, determination, and patience. Reach out for help and never lose hope.
  5. Travel broadens the mind: Explore new places, meet new people, and expose yourself to different cultures. Traveling expands your perspective on life.
  6. Value quality over quantity: Focus on cultivating a few deep relationships rather than many shallow ones.
  7. Eat well and exercise: Prioritize a healthy lifestyle to improve your overall well-being and productivity.
  8. Love deeply and passionately: Don’t be afraid to express your love and emotions. Vulnerability is a strength.
  9. Never stop learning: Stay curious and open-minded. Embrace lifelong learning.
  10. Treat yourself: Life is short. Order the burger. Drink the wine. You deserve it. 
  11. Seek balance: Strive to maintain a balance between work, relationships, and personal growth.
  12. Be resilient: Develop the ability to bounce back from setbacks and focus on your goals.
  13. Embrace change: Change is the only constant. Get used to it.
  14. Cultivate gratitude: Practice gratitude daily and focus on the positive aspects of life.
  15. Manage time wisely: Use time effectively and prioritize tasks based on importance and urgency. You can always get more money. You can never get more time.
  16. Network: A network is worth more than an audience. Build a diverse network of personal and professional connections.
  17. Celebrate small victories: Acknowledge and celebrate even the smallest accomplishments on your journey.
  18. Be patient: Success and personal growth take time. Be patient with yourself and others.
  19. Practice empathy: Put yourself in others’ shoes and strive to understand their perspectives.
  20. Accept responsibility: Own your actions and learn from your mistakes.
  21. Set boundaries: Establish and maintain healthy boundaries to protect your well-being.
  22. Just say no: Know your limits, set boundaries, and don’t hesitate to say no when needed.
  23. Be present: Focus on the present moment, and don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future.
  24. Cultivate self-awareness: Reflect on your thoughts, emotions, and actions to better understand yourself.
  25. Set goals: Define clear and realistic goals to guide your personal and professional growth.
  26. Develop a growth mindset: Believe that you can learn, grow, and improve in every aspect of your life.
  27. Create: Nurture your creative side through hobbies, activities, and self-expression.
  28. Delegate and collaborate: Recognize when to delegate tasks and collaborate with others to achieve your goals.
  29. Practice mindfulness: Develop a mindfulness practice to reduce stress and improve focus.
  30. Invest in relationships: Prioritize and nurture the relationships that matter most to you. Starting with you.
  31. Embrace your authenticity: Stay true to yourself and your values, and don’t be afraid to stand out.

As I look back on my journey so far, these 31 life lessons have been invaluable in shaping who I am today.

Each experience has taught me something new and made me stronger, whether a success or a failure. 

Life is a continuous learning process, so embrace every moment, cherish your relationships, and never be afraid to take risks.

Keep growing, evolving, and most importantly, never stop learning from your experiences.