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

Game, Set, Match – What Tennis Has Taught Me

It is that time of year again – Wimbledon 😀 As my mom and I sit in front of the television waiting for today’s highlights, we started discussing how tennis is a peculiar sport. Part of this conversation were the numerous lessons we can incorporate into our personal and professional life.

Be humble

As a fan of the game, I admire players who treat their team, umpires, ball boys / girls and other players with respect.You maybe the star of the game, but there are others that contribute to your success.

Own up to your mistakes

Tennis is a streak of successful and unsuccessful games. It is obnoxious to play the blame game by giving excuses for losing. Instead of looking for who and what to blame, accept defeat gracefully, learn from your mistakes and get back up with a better game.

Practice, practice, practice

Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Some players start with a weak serve, backhand or forehand, but show tremendous improvement overtime. The only way a tennis player can improve is through practice. Look up, get up and never give up.

Everyone is not your fan

Sometimes when the players walk in to court, one player has more stadium support than the other. While some let that get to them, others ignore it and play their A game. Not everyone would support your decisions and ideas, but you have to suck it up and give your best shot.

Play with confidence

Body language says a lot – we can understand the outcome of the game based on players’ body language. When the opponent smell fear or nervousness, he / she is going to take a swing at you. If you are nervous, fake it till you make it because attitude is everything 🙂

You cannot be number one everyday

Failure is part and parcel of life. You cannot win everyday. 100 odd players enter the tournament but there is only one winner. Doesn’t mean the rest give up, they come back next year / tournament better and stronger. Whatever you do, do your best. Play like a champion everyday, don’t let bad days ruin your best.

Health is wealth

So many talented players end their careers early due to injuries. These injuries are definitely unfortunate and not a result of being unfit / unhealthy. However, it is a lesson for everyone, no matter how educated or talented you are, sickness slows you down and burns a whole in your purse. Eat healthy and stay fit.

Don’t underestimate the underdog

All tennis fans know this is real talk. You root for the top player, but the underdog comes on top 🙂 If you are the underdog, don’t fear; if you are the dominant, don’t overlook. Always remain competitive, don’t let your guard down.

Finally, with everything you do Serve it, Smash it, Win it and Love it.

Any other valuable lessons I missed, comment below and let me know 🙂