Stefan Sagmeister is a designer who gave a funny, inspiring talk at the TED conference back in 2004. Toward the end, he put up a slide of a list he found in an old notebook of his: 16 things he felt like he'd learned in his life. I like the list. I agree with the list. I could've written the list. I did not write the list. I can't say I always live according to the list. But I'd like to. Here is his list...
Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
Being untruthful works against me.
Helping other people helps me.
Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy.
Everything I do always comes back to me.
Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
Over time I get used to everything and start taking it for granted.
Money does not make me happy.
Traveling alone provides a new perspective on life.
Assuming is stifling.
Keeping a diary supports my personal development.
Trying to look good limits my life.
Worrying solves nothing.
Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
Having guts always works out for me.