Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lessons Learned

I don't know why but for some reason, the other day while sitting in traffic, I started thinking about what i've learned over the past forty "cough-cough" years. I figured I would share those lessons with you today. Feel free to add your own in the comments!
  1. Older does not necessarily mean wiser. There are a lot of old fools out there!
  2. When someone tells you it’s not what you think; usually it is exactly what you think it is.
  3. Sometimes what doesn’t kill you just doesn’t kill you. Sometimes it makes you stronger or smarter and sometimes it doesn’t.
  4. Anyone who starts to give you advice with “All you have to do is,” has no idea what they are talking about. People who know what they are doing know it’s always harder than it looks.
  5. Truth lies in a person’s actions and not in their words. Watch what they do more than you listen to what they say.
  6. What someone does to someone else, they are capable of doing to you (and eventually probably will). Don’t think you are so high and mighty that you can avoid what’s happened to others who have gone before you.
  7. If someone doesn’t treat you right in the beginning, they won’t change their ways later.
  8. On the road to success the people who look like you might not be your biggest helpers. Sometimes the hand that holds you down will look very similar to yours. Other times your helping hand will come from someone who doesn’t look like you, share your gender or membership in a certain minority group. 
  9. When you need expert advice, get it from an expert … someone who has successfully done what you want to do and who knows the subject matter.
  10. You never know who’s watching you so act accordingly.
Enter your own lessons in the comments below!

3 comments:

IanRod2000 said...

11. When someone tells you they are really good at something, invariably they aren't!!!

12. We still need to learn the difference between being an owner or a victim however old we are. Victim thinking = react. Owner thinking = response. React and response are only close to each other in the dictionary.

Karyn L Beach said...

Both are so true! IanRod! I really love #12. I think so many people are trapped in victim thinking ... hmmm ... I think that might make a good blog topic! LOL!

clement sadjere said...

Great content Karyn. I am really inspired by your articles. Thanks for finding time to encourage guys like us