50 Important Truths I’ve Learned About Life 134

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Human life is many things. But most of all, it’s a learning experience. A never-ending process of growing, gaining knowledge, trying things, moving forward, learning to live with what you can’t change, and so on.

And I believe that one of the first things we need to learn early on is to accept this.

Many people choose to reject knowledge (be it in the form of books, people’s stories, mistakes, disappointments, etc.) and spend their whole life trying to do something meaningful, find purpose, change, or else.

But they rarely do it successfully as they can never make the most of their days if they don’t take the lesson from the past, from every failure, bad relationship and unpleasant moment.

Only when what’s already happened is accepted as part of the learning process, can we move on to something new and better.

So if you’re feeling pressure in daily life, if you’re always in a hurry and busy but never feel accomplished, if you feel lost, or jump from one goal to another, stop and reflect on that.

Maybe the solution you need is to see life as the school it is.

And once you start looking at yourself as a student and realize it will be this way till the very end of your life, you’ll find peace. That’s when you’ll also be free, independent, content and will be able to work on your personal and spiritual growth.

I started with that, because the next thing I wanted to say before we move onto the list of truths is that life lessons are everywhere around us. And it’s up to us whether we’ll keep our eyes open for them and take them, and thus get a little better and more experienced every time something happens in our life.

So here are some important conclusions I’ve come to as a result of different situations in my life – the things I’ve experienced, succeeded in and failed at, and the stuff I’ve seen, heard and realized.

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1. We create our future in the present moment.

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2. There are many things we can’t control.

And accepting that and letting them be is true wisdom, but most of the time it’s also harder to do than what we usually choose to do (interfere and try to change things).

Related: Going with The Flow

3. Don’t take it personally.

Most often when someone is rude to you or hurts you in some way, it’s nothing personal.

4. An ended relationship is a good thing.

Every time a relationship ends because one of the two people decided he wants something else in life, his ex should be grateful as thus he’s given the freedom to also find a better fit for himself (as obviously this relationship couldn’t have been a healthy one and would only be a waste of time to try to keep it).

5. Never again will you be this young and this old.

How you’ll use that fact is up to you. The best way is to experience and enjoy every moment in life.

6. There are some seemingly important things which you shouldn’t really care about.

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7. Time is and will always be more valuable than money.

But people still have a wrong perception of that.

8. Professionalism means being an amateur long enough.

9. Being authentic is always the right choice.

No matter what you do in life, always stay true to yourself. In the end of the day, you’ll feel good and will know you’ve done the right thing.

Related: How to Have a Higher Opinion of Yourself

10. Great things take time.

Many people still don’t understand the real meaning of consistency in terms of achieving massive success. They may find the willpower to start working on something big, and keep going for a long time. But not succeeding simply means they need to be more patient.

Some businesses have taken up to 10 years of people’s life. And every great man in history has been after one dream for years before he had any results.

When we talk about big things, we also need to have in mind big determination, patience, desire and focus.

11. You can learn how to be more confident if you decide.

Confidence is a skill that can be learned, and hacked if you’re in a hurry. And once you actually believe in yourself and your abilities, the world will be yours.

Related: The 10 Confidence Habits That Helped Me Increase Self-Esteem

12. You can become self-employed and win your freedom and time back.

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The way to getting there is not easy, but it starts with the realization that we deserve such independence and that it’s possible (especially with all the possibilities of today’s world).

13. Going back to the past is one of the worst uses of your precious time.

14. You can make it on your own in this world.

So lack of support shouldn’t stop you.

15. Everyone has a story and knowledge to share.

And it can help others in some way. The Internet gives us that opportunity in countless ways.

16. Change starts on the inside.

Before you become successful, self-employed, fit, are in a healthy relationship, win a marathon, become location independent, a business owner, or a millionaire, you first need to get ready for that mentally. That’s a process you go through on your own, as for others things may look ridiculous if you start believing you’re rich before you actually are.

17. Worrying about the future is a time-wasting activity that gets you nowhere.

Prepare, work smart and be ready for anything, but keep taking action here, in the present.

18. Everyone should unleash his potential by mastering a skill.

Just being good at something isn’t enough anymore, and it doesn’t let you show the world your capabilities.

19. Trying the same things in a different way is always a good idea.

That’s how the successful entrepreneurs of today became who they are – by doing things differently.

20. Our lazy habits are killing us.

People are lazy to such an extent that they don’t want to hear any new things, talk about ideas, read in their free time, and so on. And they won’t see progress in life until they stop indulging in daily activities like social media, TV, discussing other people’s lives, etc.

21. Winning and losing are subjective.

The only real loss is giving up on something you believe in.

Related: The Philosophy of Winning and Losing

22. If you don’t start respecting yourself, no one else will.

23. Every skill can be broken down into manageable steps and learned.

24. Your work is your contribution to the world.

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So make it meaningful, be passionate about what you do and put your heart and soul into it.

25. Trying to change people doesn’t make any sense.

Even if you succeed, it won’t be the same person you knew anymore.

Related: How to Stop Trying to Change Someone

26. Happiness takes different forms.

You can find it in your morning cup of coffee, and in your child’s smile. In both ways it can be truly experienced if appreciated.

27. You can’t change if you keep doing the things you’ve always done.

So try another approach.

28. Daily problems and worries distract you from your path.

When focusing on them, you leave behind what truly matters in life.

29. You’ll have to say no to many things, in order to say yes to the few that are important.

Define what’s essential today and make it a priority.

30. Always go the extra mile.

If you want to achieve something, you’ll have to work harder.

31. Do more than what’s expected.

Offering more value than what you’re being paid for is a characteristic of a smart, hardworking and great person with a lot of potential.

32. When you start giving without expecting anything in return, you’ll feel more satisfied than ever.

Giving is the best investment.

33. Everything big in life starts small.

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So you’ll have to see its potential when it’s just a simple idea.

34. It’s worth it to spend a few years of your life, work hard and have less desires, in order to turn your passion into your career and design your ideal life.

Related: How to Become a Lifestyle Designer

35. Eliminate the unnecessary.

Instead of trying to build new qualities, habits and mindset, eliminate the bad ones you already have. These are the barriers in your mind stopping you from moving forward, the things preventing you from achieving your goals, the excess belongings, desires and thoughts you have in your life.

36. You’ll have to be strategic in life to save time, perform better and improve faster.

So experiment, find what works, and do more of it.

Related: How to Be a Strategist in Daily Life

37. Find a reason to wake up in the morning and there will be a purpose in your life.

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38. If you’re not saying a big YES passionately, then it’s not worth it.

Life is too short for ordinary things.

39. Dreams are too vague and thus often sound impossible.

It’s more practical to turn them into goals and take action upon them today.

40. You can’t have it all.

And that’s alright as you don’t need as much as you think. So be selective. Focus on what matters.

Related: No, You Can’t Have It All

41. Our subconscious mind isn’t programmed to aim at many things at once.

Choose wisely what you concentrate it on.

42. If you don’t fail, you aren’t doing anything.

43. You have to be okay with rejection.

Accept rejection at an early age. It’s a part of daily life.

There are 7 billion people out there, it’s impossible not to hear no all the time. Be okay with that.

If you look at it this way, it’s great to be rejected as thus others make your journey easier – they show you that this is not the right person for you, the right job, or else. And you can move onto the next and try there.

44. If most of the people you’ve met like you a lot, it means you have no opinion, or don’t express it loud enough.

Don’t try to please everyone. Live on your own terms.

45. A great way to sleep well at night is to do your best every day.

46. Most leaders in today’s world aren’t people we’ve heard of.

But they’re still leaving a mark in the world by being role models and living a meaningful life. You can be one of them.

47. We’re not born to spend most of our time in a cubicle.

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48. If you’re good at something, do it for free first.

Then, once you become better and turn it into something profitable and big, never forget where you started.

49. Do what makes you feel uncomfortable daily.

That’s how you challenge yourself and eventually leave your comfort zone.

50. Stop a few times every day and tell yourself to get back to the present moment.

Stay there. Look around. See the beauty around you and thank for being given yet another chance to do what you want with these 24 hours.

You know all these. But are you reminding yourself of them daily?

Most people aren’t. And they live a hectic life, forgetting about what matters and always striving for more. Unfortunately, satisfaction never comes this way.

Anyways, the life lessons are around you in any moment. That itself is a positive fact. So embrace them today.

What other truths about life can you add?

See also:

The Four Stages of Life
33 of Life’s Most Powerful Lessons

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The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience 13

The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience

Providing a flawless customer experience is the ultimate goal for any business.

There’s a lot that goes into creating a customer experience that keeps your clients coming back for more. In fact, there’s so much involved that it can almost seem overwhelming.

However, providing a flawless customer experience becomes much easier when you approach the task through these five distinct elements:

Time
Understanding
Ownership of Emotions
The Unexpected
Follow-Through

Time

When it comes to your customers’ satisfaction, time is essential. Think of how a great experience at a new restaurant quickly sours if you’re left waiting for your food to arrive. Think of how your excitement over a great department store sale turns into frustration as you stand in line for what seems like hours.

Time is your most valuable resource and it is up to you to make sure you’re using your customers’ time wisely.

This is why restaurants have comfortable waiting areas with drinks and appetizers, or why airports have lounges with restaurants, shops, and even bars.

If your customers are being forced to wait for a service, make them feel as if their time spent is not wasted. The more positive drivers you offer customers, the less likely they are to grow dissatisfied with their experience.

Think of how you can implement this in your own business. Are there places where you can help fill customers’ time? Are there places where technology can be used to cut down on the time it takes to complete a task? Remember, it’s the customers’ time that should be valued, not your own.

Understanding

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You must understand what your customers want, when they want it, and how.

While this may seem daunting, getting a better understanding of your customers doesn’t take millions of dollars, complex data analytics, and a degree in psychology. Instead, all it takes is a simple look. Watch their process, engage with them, ask them questions, and listen to them.  

How are customers interacting with your product? What’s the first thing they do when they enter your store? What’s the last thing they do before they leave? How long are they spending in each department? Do you notice anything that hampers their experience?

Take a look at your competitors. How are your potential customers interacting with them? What does this business offer that you don’t or vice versa? What is your, as Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen says, “job to be done?” What are your customers hiring your product or service to accomplish? Understand why your users are turning to your products.

Ownership of Emotions

Many companies have already taken hold of their customers’ emotions, though cynically. Subliminal advertising is a key example. However, the ownership of emotions does not have to be cynical. When used correctly, it can be the “holy grail” for companies.

Owning emotions begins with the aforementioned ability to understand. When you truly understand a customer’s choices and then act to make the experience better, you’re building a relationship of trust. That trust is the foundation of emotional ownership.

One way to build this trust is to reduce the “emotional” noise that surrounds your customers. Let them know that, even on their worst day, your business or product is there for them and that it will be a constant in their lives.

Think of restaurants and the long wait times you have to endure when they’re busy. Think of how angry—or “hangry”—you feel as you stand around, waiting for your table, and listening to your stomach growl. However, think of how some restaurants are able to reduce that emotional noise by serving you finger foods and drinks as you wait.

Also, seek to understand what emotionally motivates your customers.

Why should they be motivated to visit your store or use your product? To feel confident? Free? Unique? Secure? Successful? Research shows that all human beings are motivated by one of those factors.

The Unexpected

Experiences become stronger and more memorable when they’re accompanied by an element of surprise. Surprise can be addictive, which will only keep your customers coming back for more.

Think about mailing your customers or clients small packages with gifts and swag. Everyone loves to get mail and everyone loves free stuff, especially when it’s least expected.

A surprise doesn’t have to be a huge flash mob (though it could be!). Hand out snacks at your store. Is it a cold day? Give your customers hot chocolate or warm punch. Is it a client’s birthday? Send a card! Even a small note of thanks for a customer’s business is a nice little surprise.

The most important thing to remember: simply be sincere and don’t become predictable. Chocolates on hotel pillows were once a great surprise for guests. However, now that their wow-factor has faded, hotels are continuously trying to get back to the “unexpected.”

Follow-Through

You’ve made promises and established goals. The only thing that’s left is to follow through on them. This starts with creating your mission statement, one that you, your employees, and your customers can commit to it. This will define your customer experience.

Your mission statement must promise to impact yourself/your business, the community, or the world. It may commit to impacting one, or all three. However, whatever it promises, you must follow through on. Your customers’ trust, and thus their experience, depends on it.

More about these five elements can be discovered in Unforgettable: Designing Customer Experiences that Stick, to be published in 2018.

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Kyle H. David has made a career in technology and entrepreneurship for nearly 20 years. In 2001, he formed The Kyle David Group, now KDG. Over the past 16 years, KDG has grown at a rapid pace, attracting clients ranging from the United States Senate to major financial institutions, international nonprofits, and Division I universities.