This blog started with 40 life lessons I learned before the age of 40. Those blogs became the basis for the book.
Yearly, I spend some time reflecting on lessons learned. Some of these are obvious, others may require explanation. A few are derivatives from other leadership lessons. And because we need graphics, i’ve thrown in some animal pictures to enjoy.
But without further explanation, here they are.
1 Accept people as they are, not as they were.
2 Empathy is not feeling what someone else feels but being with a friend and allowing them to feel deeply while remaining completely present in the moment.
3 The attitudes we pick up accidentally are frequently the most destructive. We took the wrong lesson away from the experience.
4 Memory is a malleable putty, shaped by access and our attitude when accessing it.
5 “Stuck” is another way of describing trauma.
6 Growth is disjointed. My daughters physical growth has been explosive, her emotional growth- steady. Don’t expect consistent growth in all areas.
7 God answers specific of prayers. I asked for a specific kind of car and I ask for a certain person to come pray for me. Both happened and were clear answers to prayer.
8 People who say “I just can’t do this anymore“ usually figure out a way to.
9 Having multi generational friendships is sweet.
10 I used to not know what I did not know. I’m increasingly realizing I don’t know what I do know that’s useful to others. Investing in others is figuring out what you do know and transferring that knowledge.
11 Self disclosure does not equal trust.
12 Grace is the balm that prevents the infection of unforgiveness.
13 Adults need to ask others to be their friend. If it works in preschool, it works in your 40s.
14 Tell your friends that you love them.
15 Tell your friends you’re proud of them.
16 Codependency only requires one person.
17 Being the dumbest person in the room should be a rich learning experience, not an intimidating one.
18. Being the smartest person in the room (consistently) is dangerous to the soul and the path the arrogance.
19 Lose weight. Find it again. Lose it again. Important thing is to not give up.
20 Invest in your future, not your fears.
21 The first story is rarely the whole story.
22 Don’t see the silver lining in the clouds. Ignore the clouds and see silver in the sky.
23 If you’re losing it might not be you. It might be how you were playing the game.
24 Even a 15-year-old referee has the power to issue a technical foul.
25 If “you fail, try, try and try again” is bad advice. If you fail “train, train, then try again.
26 Anticipating negative dynamics can often diffuse them.
27 Confidence comes from competence, (not false verbal affirmations.)
28 If anonymity your problem, humility is your answer.
29 influence is the new drug of society.
30 Excellence without maintenance fails.
31 Forgiveness only requires one person. Reconciliation requires two people, a process, and evidence of change.
32 If you want people to remember what you say write a song. If you want them remember what you did, kill Giants.
33 Our greatest moments are connections with mystery not solutions. Data is interesting, mystery is enlivening.
34 Crowd source wisdom for simple solutions. Data mine Elders for deep complex problems.
35 To preserve your legacy, insure the future, don’t enshrine the past.
36 Leaders don’t say “yeah I know.” They say “tell me more.”
37 Ask for help. You might be amazed by those who feel honored to be asked.
38 Memories are not accurate mental records of our experiences. Memories are emotional pictures heavily filtered through interpretations of our experiences.
39 If you can’t figure out what to do, think back to last time you knew with certainty what to do, then start doing that again.
40 No one is too old for encouragement and affirmation.
41 The distance between who you are and what you say is your integrity gap. Closing that gap is the leader’s most important task.
42 Success does not cure insecurity.
43 A failure in one area of life doesn’t mean a teaching in another is wrong.
44 Anxiety is rooted in a lack of trust.
45 Learn what awful-izing is. Then don’t do it.
46 I didn’t think losing my hair would bother me. It does. 🙂
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