10 IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS WE ARE OFTEN TAUGHT TOO LATE
Life is a continuous learning experience. Throughout our lives we keep
rising and falling, picking up important lessons along the way. Some of these
lessons come from experience, yet there are others that we learn watching
others or reading in books for example.
No matter how much we learn from the books there is a significant
difference between practical and theoretical experience. Furthermore, there
are many life lessons that we simply cannot learn until we face certain
situations in our life. Most people would say that there are some lessons that
come too late, catching us off-guard and unprepared.
The following list unveils some of the most important lessons in life that
people learn the hard way.
- WALK YOUR OWN PATH
People like to judge other people. This peer pressure can make you stray
from the path you started to carve for your future. Don’t mind other people’s
aspirations, don’t ever let someone else’s goals and dreams influence your
vision of life. It’s your path and you decide where it takes you and how long
it takes you to see it through.
- DON’T HESITATE WHEN YOU SHOULD ACT
There is an old Roman proverb that people often quote – “Carpe diem” –
meaning “Seize the day”. More often than not, we fail to act due to lack of
confidence or courage. This hesitation keeps us from moving forward and
puts us in a cage of wondering what might have been. Whenever you feel
it’s time to act, take action. No matter the outcome, you will end up smarter
- Experience what you have learned
No matter how much we think we know about some topic, it’s only after
we have put that knowledge into use that we get confirmation of the actual
level of understanding that we possess. Sure, we could read about painting,
learn all the techniques and brush types, colour palettes, etc. but only when
we get in front of a canvas and start painting we put our knowledge to the
As EduGeeksClub’s career expert, Julia Smith once wrote: “Young people
often face difficulties when it comes to putting what they have learned into
practice; therefore all this knowledge becomes useless when it should be the
fuel that propels their careers”.
- GOOD THINGS DON’T COME EASY
If you want to have a good life with a successful career, emotional
satisfaction, and trustworthy friends you have to work hard. Luck can take
you only so far and the rest is entirely up to you, the amount of effort you
put in every day, and the ability to learn from your mistakes. Don’t think for
a moment that someone else is going to fight your battles with the same
vigor and devotion as you would.
- NEVER FAIL TO TRY MORE
Even when we’re feeling most prepared there is a chance we fail in
accomplishing our goal. An athlete could lead the entire race only to fall just
in front of the finish line and lose. This doesn’t mean the athlete should stop
competing; on the contrary, he would work even harder for the next
competition. The results will come, eventually.
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH EARLY
When we’re young we can push our body to its limits day after day. It
seems as nothing can touch us and we are invincible. However, as we grow
older all the parties, drinking, smoking, and eating fast food take a toll on
our health. Start developing healthy habits while you’re still young and
healthy. Take regular checkups with your doctor and dentist in order to
prevent future problems.
- MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT
Life goes by faster than we think. When you’re in your twenties you think
you’ll stay there forever but before you know it you are in your thirties and
it’s too late for the things you wanted to do as a young person. Live your life
to its full extent because life is short and we never know what tomorrow
- LIVE AND LET LIVE
We often try to help people when we see they’re making a mistake. This
type of behavior can lead us into all kinds of troubles and
misunderstandings. Don’t force your ideas onto others, let those who want
your help and guidance seek you out. Sometimes it’s best to stay away and
let them come to you or you might seem intrusive to others.
- BE FLEXIBLE WITH YOUR GOALS
Sometimes we feel it’s the right time to take action and put our plans in
motion only to realize that we were wrong. It’s important to analyze our
current position and how our activities could influence our future.
Sometimes it’s better to postpone a certain goal or even change it for the time
being. Accepting a promotion in a bad time could get us in more trouble than
good if the time is not right.
- FOR EVERY ACTION, THERE’S AN EQUAL OPPOSITE REACTION
Before you say something or act in a certain way, think about the
consequences. A person could be unprepared to hear some truth or won’t
respond well to our gesture, no matter how good our intentions are. Treat
each word with caution.
Take these pieces of advice as guidance, not as a rule. Your life is your
own and you know what’s best for you. However, keep in mind that
morning is wiser than the evening.
This post was originally published on YourCoffeeBreak.co.uk