Life Lessons

A Compilation of Life Lessons From Around the World.

33MostPowerful33 OF LIFE’S MOST POWERFUL LESSONS – By Jonathan.

Have you ever had an epiphany? One of those “a-ha” moments where something just clicks for you? Maybe it’s something you’ve been struggling with for a long time, or maybe it was a piece of advice you learned from a friend. Whatever the source of our insight, it’s these moments that bring us to a deeper understanding of our world. The better understanding we have of life, the more we live in the truth.

Below are 33 of the most powerful lessons in my life. I encourage you to share yours with us by leaving a comment below. =)

  1. Often those who aren’t the easiest to love are the ones who need it the most.
  2. Seeing children play can make even the bluest day brighter.
  3. Money is not the root of all evil, fear is.

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Ryan-Nicodemus-and-Joshua-Fields-Millburn30 LIFE LESSONS FROM 30 YEARS – By Joshua Fields Millburn.

I recently turned 30. And during the journey to 30, I’ve learned so much. Below are 30 of the most important life lessons from those 30 years. Each lesson is a brief summary of that lesson, some of which have a link for further reading if you’re interested. Take your time and explore those links—they’re all meaningful to me.

1. We must love. You know the saying, “tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all,” right? I know, such statements sound so banal and vapid on the surface that we often dismiss them with a wave of the hand. But it’s the cold truth, a truth so profound that perhaps we can only discuss it with little cliched statements. But we must love, even if it breaks our hearts. Because unless we love, our lives will flash by.

2. Love isn’t enough. Although we must love, love is not enough to survive. We must take action to show others that we care, to show them that we love them.

3. Happiness is not for sale in any store. We can’t buy happiness. Hell, it sounds cliché to even say that, and yet we search the aisles and shelves and pages on eBay in search of something more, something to fill the void. But we can’t fill the void with stuff. It doesn’t work that way, no matter how hard we try or how much stuff we buy, because that stuff won’t make us happy. At best it will pacify us momentarily. At worst it will ruin our lives, leaving us empty and depressed and even more alone, alone among a sea of material items—sometimes a crowded room can feel the most alone. The truth is that we are all going to die, and heaping our tombs with treasure will not save us from this fate. Ryan and I wrote about happiness for Dave Bruno’s 100 Thing Challenge: The Minimalists On Happiness.

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29LessonsTraveling29 life lessons learned in travelling the world for 8 years straight – by Benny Lewis

Eight years.

That’s 416 weeks, or almost 3,000 days.

This is the amount of time that I have not had a fixed home; moving to a new country, culture and language every few months and taking absolutely everything I own with me. It has been a significant percentage of my life, and it’s still long from over.

I had actually done some travelling before – a couple of summers in the states, and an entire month already in Spain. But about this time back in 2003, on the week of my 21st birthday, I left Ireland for good. I had graduated university a few days before, and knew that I’d only be coming back “home” for visits (I’ve never once missed the family Christmas dinner). But it’s not really my home any more. Since then, “wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home”.

After devoting my life to them, university and schools had taught me nothing of any real importance. I had gone through as many books as I could and thought I knew it all, but the fact of the matter is that I have become the person I was meant to be in the last 4/5 of a decade, while on the road. And I certainly still have a lot left to learn.

[Edit: People keep asking me how I can afford a travel lifestyle for so long, or if I’m rich or if my parents paid for everything. I paid for the entire trip myself, starting with no moneysaved up; I can assure you my lifestyle is way cheaper than most settled people who prove observation #10 and need so much money to buy rubbish!

You don’t need to be rich to travel the world. To find out more about me and my story, please read my site’s About page to see a list of the many jobs I’ve had during my travels. For just the last one year I’ve been earning money by helping people to hack languages quicker. I’ve also followed this post up with some FAQs about long-term travel here, regarding finding work and the psychological aspect of it.]

Since yesterday was my 29th birthday and this week is my 8 year “travelversary”, I thought it fitting to share 29 of these revelations with you of things that I have learned on this journey. Many of them are about life in general, but these are actually my observations after meetingmany people from all over the world:

1. Everyone everywhere basically wants the same thing

Vastly different as the world’s cultures are, if you speak to Italian millionaires, homeless Brazilians, Dutch fishermen and Filipino computer programmers, in their own languages, you start to see that we are all incredibly alike where it matters.

Everyone just wants validation, love, security, enjoyment and hopes for a better future. The way they verbalise this and work towards it is where things branch off, but we all have the same basic desires. You can relate to everyone in the world if you look past the superficial things that separate you.

2. Deferring your happiness to the future is a terrible idea

Too many people presume that when they have that one thing they can work towards for yearsthen “everything will be alright”.

This is delusional.

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DPartonTwitter10 Life Lessons from Dolly Parton’s Twitter – from Vogue

The world is lucky to have Dolly Parton. Not only has she offered up lemons-to-lemonade pearls with so many of her hits, like”9 to 5″ and “Coat of Many Colors,” but she’s been a fount of wisdom in life, too. “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap” for one. Or “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb . . . and I also know that I’m not blonde.” And a fan favorite: “It’s a good thing I was born a girl . . . otherwise I’d be a drag queen.” Call her the Dorothy Parker of pop-country.

But it’s on Twitter that Dolly has really hit her advice-doling stride. Here, we round up her ten best quotes. And while you’re reading them, take a listen to her cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” above, from her recent and unsurprisingly wonderful album Blue Smoke.

  1. I refuse to settle for something less than great. And if it takes a lifetime, then that’s how long I’ll wait . . . Is that too much to ask?—October 7, 2014
  2. We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails! :)—September 25, 2014
  3. If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one!—June 20, 2014

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marcandangelEveryday Life Lessons – from Marc and Angel at

Everyday Life Lessons is an online community where people share and discuss life’s greatest lessons.

We challenge you to reflect on your past, dig deep within yourself and answer one simple question: What has life taught you?

Accept this moment, without judgment or needless worry. Remind yourself that all is well, and that you can handle whatever comes along.

The quality of your vision drives the quality of your life. If you see a possibility, explore it. If you have a dream, LIVE it!

Gratitude is not a tool with which to fool the Mind; it is a tool that opens the Mind. And there is always something to be grateful for.

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Contributions by Guests

The following Life Lessons were contributed by guest authors. You can share yours here too!

Good advice for teen dating

Contributed by Guest Author Fred Semonole.

This is a good video with advice for teens about dating.

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On Street Smarts and Safety

By Guest Author Richard Kronenberg

Because I’ve been victimized by petty thieves stealing my laptop bag, backpack and other belongings, I’ve learned to be constantly aware of my surroundings and belongings.

Here’s some tips I have […]

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Let’s not take anything for granted

By Guest Author: Mary Prentice

I was walking on the beach and it felt great!

It made me realize that I should not take anything for granted in my life.

The little things in life are what […]

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