My 30s were a time of great personal and professional growth. I gained confidence, resilience, lifelong friendships, and experienced successes and failures.
It wasn’t easy. All of these experiences helped to shape who I am today. I always try to find the silver lining in things even when it’s not so easy to do so.
Here are some of the most important things I learned – I hope they’re helpful as you navigate your own journey.
- Your struggles can become your biggest lessons
- Stop choosing what isn’t choosing you
- You don’t need to be perfect to be successful
- Be self aware enough to make changes supporting your growth, but accept yourself for who you are
- With time everything gets better
- Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great. The good is comfortable. The great is your next step.
- The sacrifices you make now will pay off in the future
- You can’t erase what happened to you but you can choose to put it behind you
- Your diet isn’t just about what you eat. It’s what you watch/read, who you follow and with whom you spend time.
- Bad things happen to good people
- Learn how to put your ego in check
- Always be humble
- Let go of comparing yourself to others – your path is unique
- Stop defining yourself by your mistakes
- Don’t waste time on people who waste your time
- Stop being so hard on yourself
- Live life in the present, stop dwelling on the past and worrying about the future
- Be more patient and kind
- Stop taking what others say & do personally
- Invest in fewer, authentic relationships
- Don’t be afraid of failing – failures help you become wiser
- Be careful who you trust. Especially among female friends and colleagues. Sometimes they don’t have your best interests at heart.
- Not everyone thinks like you – communication is key
- Never say never no to anything professionally that pushes you out of your comfort zone
- People make time for who they want
- What you you wanted isn’t always what you need
- Surround yourself with positivity
What would you add?