I came across this list made by Stefan Sagmeister, a Scandinavian artist. There is a simple, honest common sense to his list. It is very pithy and straight forward and is not overly altruistic. I have learned a number of these already, and still have yet to fully grasp a few others.

  • Helping other people helps me.
  • Having guts always works out for me.
  • Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
  • Starting a charity is surprisingly easy.
  • Being not truthful works against me.
  • Everything I do always comes back to me.
  • Assuming is stifling.
  • [Addictive] drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
  • Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted.
  • Money does not make me happy.
  • Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.
  • Keeping a diary supports personal development.
  • Trying to look good limits my life.
  • Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
  • Worrying solves nothing.
  • Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
  • Actually doing the things I set out to do increases my overall satisfaction.
  • Everybody thinks they are right.
  • Low expectations are a good strategy.
  • Whatever I want to explore professionally, its best to try it out for myself first.
  • Everybody who is honest is interesting.