Life lessons are always full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way – through experience, sometimes involving sweat and tears.
However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally “get it” long after the fact. If possible, it’s best to learn these things sooner rather than later.
Here are the top 5 lessons people often learn too late in life, extracted based on advice from the top entrepreneurs of our time. It’s best to learn these lessons while you’re still young.
1. “Don’t Sleep Walk Through Life” – by Warren Buffet
For Warren Buffet, it’s not just about constantly being on the move, hustling and eating up stimuli. The Oracle of Ohama believes that taking the time to carefully digest all of the information we come across every day is just as crucial. When you stop to internalize what you’ve seen, done and learned, you start to be able to see patterns – what behaviors work, what strategies don’t and everything in between.
In the words of Warren Buffet himself, life is a great movie to watch, but you wouldn’t want to sleepwalk through life. Not only will you be missing out on greater opportunities (relative to your current one), but from a philosophical perspective, one also loses the true meaning of life and start to transform their life into a huge routine.
2. “Live Life Without Fear” – by Will Smith
We all have things that we fear. Whether it’s a form of embarrassment or losing a loved one, fear influences how we spend our life to a staggering extent.
But while talking about his experience sky-diving for the first time a few years back, Will Smith revealed how he had an epiphany and discovered a truth about fear – that not many of us have had the opportunity to discover – that the very best things in life are on the other side of fear.
So, whatever it is that scares you – be it getting up on stage and doing stand-up comedy for the first time, or quitting your job to travel the world, or literally just jumping out of a plane – go out and just do it. The sheer joy that awaits you on the other side will make it all worth it.
Read more about the detailed elaboration on Will Smith’s quote here.
3. “Stop Complaining” – by Gary Vaynerchuk
When you’re new to a scene, you will be confronted with numerous challenges that stem from just being the new guy. It’s easy to look at a lot of these challenges and dismiss them as “unfair” or the market being “lazy.” You see the incumbents, the guys who get all the business, and you just assume that for some reason their position is a result of people just not knowing better.
The truth is that is just an excuse to comfort yourself. Every industry has its market leaders and your goal is to become one of those leaders, who is an automatic go-to. So first, you have to get over that issue and realize that you may not have done enough to establish your brand. The way you can overcome that is to consistently deliver great work, and start creating word of mouth. It’s literally just grinding and going through the process.
Read more about Gary Vaynerchuk’s blog post here.
4. “Know Your Destination” – by Simon Sinek
When you start with the end in mind, it allows you to tailor every story you tell and every thought you share toward that destination. You may even find it useful to plan your presentation in reverse. Rather than planning what you want to say first, think about the statement you want to end with; the idea that encapsulates the entire presentation. Only then do you figure out what will need to come before that, in order to get you there.
Check out his original post here.
5. “Don’t think about the opportunities that are already spent” – by Jack Ma
For Jack Ma, an opportunity always exists. You only need to know how to discover it.
Regardless, this Internet Empire and the Network have a lot more potential to utilize. “The Internet is a bubble that keeps getting bigger and bigger. But when will it burst?”
In one of the many conferences which offered to thousands of people interested in hearing about his peaks, Jack Ma released an interesting explanation of the evolution of the Internet. He said that the past 20 years can be known as the IT age, in which IT makes a company grow and become stronger.
Read more about great Jack Ma tips and life advice here.