20 things I wish I had known when starting out in life.

I just ran across this post over at ZenHabits and I thought it was well worth sharing. This is the “digest” version of the list (no details) but you should really view the post in full. Now, I have certainly yet to internalize all these pieces of advice, but I agree with all of them in principle if not in action. Have a look… See what you think… Maybe I’ll do a followup post as to where I stand on these.

  1. How to control impulse spending.
  2. You gotta stay active.
  3. How to plan finances.
  4. Junk food will come back to bite you in the butt.
  5. Smoking is just dumb.
  6. Fund your retirement, son. And don’t withdraw it.
  7. All the stuff you’re doing that seems hard — it will be of use.
  8. Don’t buy that used van without checking it out closely.
  9. That guy you’re going to sell your car to? On a gentleman’s agreement? He’s not gonna pay you.
  10. Make time to pursue your passion, no matter how busy you are.
  11. All that stuff that’s stressing you out — it won’t matter in 5 years, let alone 15.
  12. The people you make friends with are so much more important than your job or the things you buy.
  13. All that time you spend watching TV is a huge, huge waste of time.
  14. Your kids are going to grow up way faster than you think. Don’t waste a minute.
  15. Forget the drama. Focus on being happy.
  16. Pay more attention to blogs when you first hear about them. They’re more than just journals.
  17. Speaking of which, keep a journal. Seriously. Your memory is extremely faulty.
  18. Tequila is seriously evil.
  19. Yes, you can do a marathon. Don’t put this goal off — it’s extremely rewarding.
  20. All these mistakes you’re going to make, despite this advice? They’re worth it.