1) Health comes first.
Somewhere between graduating college and my second job, I gained about 10 pounds. Hangovers got worse. I was constantly tired. All of these things are still applicable. But I started eating better and working out occasionally and generally trying not to die of a heart attack at 55. One thing about healthy food: you start eating vegetables every day, you start to like them. Eating cows is basically terrible for cows, the planet, and our bodies, so I make that a special event. I have no interest in being vegetarian but something’s better than nothing, right? Also: totally obvious, but feeling good and well-rested and mentally sharp makes everything else much easier.
2) Habits control our lives.
Crush the bad ones and start up the good ones. Flossing. Push-ups. Saying “I love you.” Stop smoking. Go from there.
3) Life’s not a meritocracy.
Life is more like 50% networking, 25% having people like you, 15% resume, 10% talent. Sorry. But the lesson here is a good one: work hard and make sure people are paying attention.
Cosign literally all 27 of these.