23 invaluable lessons I have learned

  1. Nothing comes easy – but hard work pays off, big time! Outcome is depended on how much effort I put in, and I would not have it any other way.
  2. Experience is everything – don’t fuss over a puny salary.
  3. “Don’t make assumptions” – Quoting my first boss
  4. School besties are forever – irreplaceable. Sometimes you need only a few close-knit friends who will stick by you through all seasons.
  5. Dress to impress…yourself – everyone else will be impressed too. Dressing well gives me so much confidence, and everyone needs a layer of confidence.
  6. Plans don’t go as planned – be spontaneous. If something doesn’t go as planned, no point spending days crying over it – crying won’t make a difference. Take that as an opportunity to make the best of the situation because… (see 7)
  7. Everything happens for a reason.
  8. Underestimate the work – then you will look for ways to make it better.
  9. Say sorry and mean it – never do that mistake again. Don’t abuse the word sorry; use it only when you mean it. There is a limit to which a person would forgive.
  10. Surround yourself with people who are equally driven. This is a true motivation for me, and I want to be a similar inspiration to people around me.
  11. No one has your interest first other than yourself – and that’s okay if others act selfish sometimes. They are also trying to survive and be happy in this crazy world – just like you.
  12. Don’t be in a hurry to grow up – enjoy the year – you will never get it back. Spend each year wisely with people you love, doing things that make you happy and in general, enjoying the moment.
  13. If you want something done, get it done yourself. Doesn’t matter that it is not your job. If you get the feeling others are not helping, stop waiting around. Wear another hat and just get the work done.
  14. Spend less on materialistic things and spend more on adventures and experiences. I learned this in the last couple of years that happiness from materialistic things last a short time. When I am older, I won’t remember the beautiful dress, shoes or gadgets I owned.
  15. Best way to make your dreams come true is by WAKING UP and actually doing something.
  16. Health is wealth. I have many great years ahead of me, and the last thing I want is being unable to live my life because I am unwell or spending half of my earnings on medication. Make wise choices on your diet and fitness.
  17. Don’t be afraid to say NO. (Sri Lankan’s generally don’t say NO) Even now, saying NO is the most difficult thing to do, but it is sometimes okay because you have your own priorities and responsibilities to deal with.
  18. If something bad happens, tell yourself “it could have been worse”. There is always a worse possible situation to what you are going through. Karma was kind on you.
  19. From the day you start working, be financially independent (even to the smallest extent). You learn the value of money and responsible spending. People know to chase after money but many don’t know how to spend it.
  20. Don’t compare yourself to others – each person has a unique path. Just because Facebook says everyone else is happy, doesn’t mean they really are. #Filtered
  21. Patience is a virtue. If you are like me, patience is not your strong suit, but something to consciously work on. It results in peace at mind and helps to take control of your negative emotions.
  22. Appreciate little things in life. Learn to appreciate even little things someone does for you. Don’t take it for granted. Someday you will look back and realize it was a big thing.
  23. Never stop learning. I still have a lot to learn