Bonus rule #0: Don’t take life advice from random people on the internet.

But if you did, here’s what I’d pass on…

1: If someone tells you they’re “ethical” and you can trust them, run a mile in the other direction.

It would never occur to a trustworthy person that they even needed to say it.

2: If you’re consistently failing to get the reactions you want from people, think about how you might be coming across.

Chances are it’s not everyone else – it’s you.

3: Nothing is more of a turn-off than desperation – in dating, job hunting, everything.

To avoid coming across as desperate:
(1) Don’t be
(2) Convince yourself you’re not

4: There’s no time limit on apologies.

As soon as you realise you’ve done something wrong is the best time, but years later is better than never.

5: It’s a helpful illusion to believe everything is within your control.

It isn’t, but the belief prevents you making excuses and blaming other people – and it’s proven to make you happier.

6: If you assume everyone’s doing their best, all your interactions will be better – and the world doesn’t need to change at all.

7: Any plan that relies on people being different from how they are is doomed to fail.

It’s easier to change a plan than it is to change other people.

8: Nobody ever regretted going for a run or a workout.

Even if it feels like the last thing you want to do, you’ll always thank yourself afterwards.

9: If you can just leave your part of the world (and the people in it) a tiny bit better when you go to bed than it was when you woke up, that’s a successful day.

And finally…

10: Let other people off the train first.

Join 2,256 others who get more like this every month

My free monthly newsletter rounds up all my recent articles, plus extra thoughts and the best things I've read/watched/heard each month.

A single monthly email: no spam, nothing for sale.

(Not sure? Check out a sample issue first.)

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to Top