Life taught me this…(Please add to this list)

What has life taught you?     Will you be willing to share this with others?

I’m doing a bit of a research project and I need your help.

What are the things that would have helped you, if you had learnt about them earlier (in school for instance?)

I had to learn a lot of life’s lessons the hard way… and I believe that we should share our lessons learnt with each other more frequently.

It might just be that there are too few mentors out there sharing their experiences, but then again their might also be too few students, willing to learn…willing to bump their own head…

Here are some of the things (I could think of) that I would have loved to learn at a much earlier stage in my life:

  • How to work with money effectively
  • How to manage my emotions and thoughts
  • The value of healthy habits and routines
  • How to handle conflict
  • How to deal with difficult people
  • The importance of believing in yourself and your abilities
  • Getting over myself…realising that the world does not revolve around me :-)

  What have you personally learnt with regard to these lessons?

 What other subjects would you include in a list like this? And what have you learnt on that subject?


~ by Danie van den Berg on 03/06/2010.

4 Responses to “Life taught me this…(Please add to this list)”

  1. This is a great list to start with. I would include the following topics:

    How to choose a husband/wife and for that matter friends
    How to maintain a healthy body, diet, exercise, mental health
    Human being instead of a human doing
    Being a follower of Jesus Christ in a modern day and age.

  2. Very interesting topics (learning items) above.
    The one thing I would add regarding finances/investments is about Real Estate Portfolios. Given the extent to which property values have accumulated over the past few years, I would have stuck to public transport. One should tolerate the taxi drivers and buy as much properties as one can afford rather than cars.

    Not knowing the “gold mine” in property, the amount one has spend on vehicles could have bought a few couple of flats/townhouses along with one’s house; rented these out and WOW, what an investment.

    Now that I know, what I can share with youngsters is that one needs to buy a house as soon as possible. It doesn’t have to be expensive but one to live in and turn it onto a home. For couples, if each can afford one buy 2 and rent one out. Live within your means and a car should just be a new, affordable one to take you where you need be; no need for big luxurous ones as they depreciate quickly.

    When the family has grown and a bigger house is required, sell and move on, still investing in other property as you can. It is also essential to investigate costs of building own property than buying from developers who sell you a property at twice their costs.

    Be wise, best you create wealth than be seen driving around in an exotic sedan or 4×4 that won’t even get a chance to be driven offroad.

  3. Mmmmm thanks for the input so far guys…. I’ve also thought about the following:
    -Never judge others on outward appearances
    -Speak up when you’re unhappy – sooner rather than later
    -Always try to make people around you feel good about themselves
    -Value experiences of others
    -Value relationships
    -Listen more than you talk
    -Focus your efforts and energy
    -Learn to be able to wait
    -“Keeping up with the Joneses” is nonsense – its all relative – don’t live life by other peoples’ standards, define your own and live accordingly!

  4. What about:
    -Judge people on who they are today and not on yesterday?
    -Respect for everybody – even those who don’t deserve it in your eyes
    -Emotional discipline
    -The importance of a personal development plan from young

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