You may be a very learned man, in terms of degrees, but if you do not know the following life lessons, then you know nothing about life. There are people who have dual degrees, however, they are found wanting in the life skills. This dearth of life skills in them compels them to bow to the inevitable, i.e. failure.
15 lessons you need to learn to succeed
- The meaning of purpose
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how”
Each of us has come into this world to do something. However, we do not know what. This is only revealed to us gradually as we progress in life.
- How to be independent
“To find yourself, think for yourself”
Life teaches us that we have to stand on our own feet and fend for ourselves. Our parents and teachers cannot guide us because they do not know how to guide us as the path we have taken is totally different.
- We cannot control time
“You can have it all, just not all at once”
Life teaches us that no matter how good we are at time management or no matter how good we are at predicting our future, if it is not our time yet, we can do nothing about it.
- How to move on from failure
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
In school if we fail in a subject, we can study hard in that subject and pass it the next time. In life, however, we do not get that opportunity. In life, we just have one chance to prove ourselves.
- How to be patient
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
If we cannot control time, we must be patient and wait for things to come to us, when we are ready for them and not when we want them.
- We all need love
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
We all need love, the real love, that love that compels us to stand in support of someone. We all are wanting kindness from our loved ones so that our lives are elevated.
- Life is difficult
“Once we truly know that life is difficult, once we truly understand and accept it, then life is no longer difficult. Because once accepted, the fact that life is difficult, does not matter.”
We learn life is difficult by experience. It is not like a tough subject in a particular semester, that can be got rid of after studying hard and passing in it. Life is a tough subject in itself and passing in this subject is never possible.
- We will scatter our hearts in the wrong places
“Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of ‘not knowing'”
We will pick wrong careers and wrong partners and eventually get hurt. We may not always understand why we wasted our emotions for someone or something that was never to be ours.
- We have a choice
“In the end, that was the choice you made, and it does not matter how tough it was. It matters that you made a choice. Now you have to stick to it.”
While life may not be in our hands, we can influence the outcome of things by our reaction to the failures that comes to us in our lives. We have to let our circumstances define whom we are.
- We all need help
“God allowed us to cry to let others know when we need help”
We are not immune to disappointment and heartbreak. Sometimes we just cannot find the strength to pick ourselves up. At such times, we will understand our independence. No matter how independent we may be, but life has its own way of telling us to seek help.
- Everything is temporary
“Everything in life is temporary. So, if things are going good, enjoy it while it lasts”
Pain is temporary and so are our feelings. Similarly, our time on this earth is also temporary. Therefore, we must not give power to such temporary things to dictate terms to us.
- Nothing is impossible
“Listen to the mustn’t, listen to the don’t’s, listen to the shouldn’t’s, listen to never haves, then listen close to me…….Anything can happen, child, anything can be”
Life is difficult, but it is also fascinating. In the blink of an eye, it can present us with a life-changing opportunity to make a choice for ourselves.
- Never get attached to plans
“If you want to make god laugh, tell him about your plans”
It is good to have plans of where we want to be five or ten years down the line. However, we must not get emotionally involved with such plans. This is because we change and with that, our plans change too.
- We have to face our fears
“Do not be afraid our your fears. They are not there to scare you. They are there to let you know that something is worth it.
In life, we cannot escape fear. So we have to learn how to cope with it. We have to learn to conquer our fears.
- We have to love who we are
“If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price”
If we want to succeed in life, then we have to love ourselves first. This love should not be in a narcissistic way, but it should be in a compassionate way.
These are the things that one should know to succeed in life.
Sunny Chawla is a Marketing Manager at AIS Technolabs – a Web design and Development Company. Helping global businesses with unique and engaging tools for their business. He would love to share thoughts on Ecm Services, Web Designing and Web development.