Wow. 2017 is over in a few hours.
Here I go trying to recap what 2017 taught me.
Let’s begin saying that it was a tremendously good yet challenging year; went through a handful of ups and downs, recovered and stood up stronger and more resilient than ever before, and learned from it all.
Some people left and others came 🙏. I guess that’s just how life works. The best part about this year was finding what I truly want to focus for the rest of my life and as a result of all the hard work, I ended up finding a great place to work with a bunch of kind, intellectual and fun people.
2017 was a year that taught me how to be mentally, psychologically, and physically stronger. My spirit, faith, and life philosophy grew exponentially thanks to the difficulties I overcame, books I read, and people I talked to.
To sum up 2017, I’d like to list 22 things I learned:
- Failing at something doesn’t mean you’re finished — it just means you’re doing something that’s getting you closer to your goal
- We are unfinished products until the end, so be dedicated, disciplined, and consistent on your life’s purpose
- Work relentlessly and smarter, not harder
- Be thankful for people who aren’t in your life anymore for they come and go because they have something to teach us
- Be thankful for people who have been there for you while you were at your worst
- Life happens and people move on, don’t waste time thinking about the past
- Learning something new requires that you put it the time, dedication, and passion to accomplish it — nothing is extremely difficult to learn
- Read books that you enjoy, but also books that are outside of your comfort zone and field of study every now and then
- Listen to podcasts and watch videos at 2x-2.5x, your brain will eventually adjust and you will save tons of hours in the long term — this is my favorite hack
- Cop that flight ticket and travel to new places — in the end, you only regret what you didn’t do
- Be content with life, but never settle for less than what you deserve
- Learn to be happy and not to be attached to things or people
- Talk more often with your parents — they aren’t getting younger
- Learn to let go of situation outside of your control
- Do more exercise — weights and cardio included
- Practice yoga — not because everybody is doing it, but because it helps stretching your muscles after a long day or before starting your day
- Meditate often — it helps keeping our brain sane and calm
- Don’t create New Year’s resolutions — have weekly and monthly goals instead
- Do one thing that scares the hell out of you and experiment with it — run a marathon, go skydiving, ask him/her out, take cold showers
- Drink less alcohol and more water. Sleep more!
- Listen to people’s opinions, but care more about your own
- Stop multi-tasking and focus on one thing for a longer period of time
I hope you had a good 2017 and the new year will be better than the previous!