I’ve made a point of being in challenging situations whenever possible.
In the last years, most of them were challenging in a social and career perspective. Both my personal and professional life benefited from that decision: I got to learn a lot about people, relationships, business, productivity and, last but not least, myself.
Thankfully, I’m not selfish enough to not to share some lessons I’ve learned.
I hope you benefit from them too.
- Be kind to people.
- Be kind to yourself. It means, rather than comparing yourself to others, respect your journey and understand you’ve had different circumstances and opportunities.
- Save money every month, even if it’s a little. Don’t wait for an emergency or a special event.
- Authority doesn’t actually mean anything. Kindness does. (If you ever run a business, don’t ever let it get out of your mind.)
- When it comes to a serious question, asking it by texting will make you miss a lot of answers.
- Have your goals in mind rather writing them down. When it comes to productivity, writing down a planning for reaching a goal works better.
- Growing up takes courage.
- Hate is a waste of time. Social networks too. You cannot get rid of them, so just make sure they both aren’t taking over the person you are.
- There are always deadlines. Try not to let them be a pressure in your life.
- If you get to ask yourself “What if I screw up and make the wrong call?”, remember that probably the situation you’re dealing with isn’t a brain surgery. It doesn’t have to – and probably won’t – be thoroughly perfect.
- Getting simple things done everyday can get you motivated to do the great ones.
- Words are powerful. Choose them carefully.
- Practicing empathy everyday increases your perspective on society.
- Sometimes you’re wrong – and there’s nothing wrong about that.
- Having communication skills doesn’t mean you are socially mature.
- There will be moments you’ll have to say sorry. Don’t miss them.
- Give something back.