They say “Life begins at 40.”
Well, I turn 40 this November and I can’t believe how fast time really flies. Whether you agree or not, becoming this age totally awesome as life is a gift. Although this gift is filled with challenges and surprises, entering one’s fourth decade can provide anyone a lot of perspective on life.
How do I sum up four decades of life? Below is a list of some simple yet profound life lessons which I’ve learned along the way.
1. Never let anyone define your limits.
2. When people say “No,” don’t take it personally. Rejection is an opportunity for you to grow.
3. Successful people find solutions to the problem while others find someone to blame.
4. There are only two rules to financial success. One is to have discipline and commitment; the second is to have discipline and commitment.
5. Always seek God. You can never go wrong with Him.
6. Having a clear conscience can make your life healthier and longer.
7. One of the greatest investments in life is building a quality relationship.
8. If you want to be successful, learn how to prioritize.
9. Lapses of judgment happen, but the greatest mistake is not asking for forgiveness.
10. Discipline and consistency are the main ingredients of success.
11. Always be humble. We’re all born naked.
12. Learn to appreciate people even for the small things they do.
13. With or without a supervisor, always do your best.
14. Never underestimate the power of prayer.
15. Learn to be happy for someone else’s achievement.
16. Humility is letting God transform your imperfections.
17. Buying unhealthy food is like buying an illness.
18. Never judge people.
19. In an instant and ever-changing society, not too many people have patience. Be patient.
20. Learn to be grateful with what you have.
21. Material things are temporal, find things that have lasting value.
22. Creativity is powerful.
23. Never stop learning.
24. Surround yourself with positive people who can also be your great mentors.
25. Spend quality time with your children.
26. Your wife is your greatest best friend.
27. Failure to have a well-defined goal will lead you nowhere.
28. A wise man values his time and avoids wasting it.
29. Nothing is more fulfilling in life than to discover your passions and talent.
30. It’s okay to say “No” in some occasions.
31. Being proactive is taking self-responsibility instead of blaming anyone.
32. No matter how good you are, you can’t please everyone.
33. You have a full control over your attitude and choices in life.
34. True listening is taking your eyes away from the computer and looking into the eyes of who is talking.
35. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it’s a sign of strength.
36. Family worship should be a top priority of every Christian family.
37. Money is temporal but love is eternal.
38. It takes time and patience before you harvest the fruit of your labor.
39. It’s always better to tell the truth than giving superficial excuses.
40. Instead of competing with others, tell your child to compete with himself by just doing his best.
I encourage you to reflect and make a list of your own life lessons. Don’t forget to write them down. You will be amazed how many nuggets of wisdom you’ve learned from your journey.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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