This article was originally published in Inc. By Lolly Daskal. You can read the full article here. 

Life Lessons

How you approach life says a lot about who you are. The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your decisions in life. 

There are some who are content to passively coast through, hoping they land where they need to be and know what to do when the time comes.

Then there are others, who make active choices to understand who they are and what they want, and set the goals that will keep them moving in the right direction.

But a big part of having a successful life, is learning how to cope with the lessons that life has to teach us.

Here are 24 powerful life lessons that will happen to us, learn how they will be significant:

1. Make yourself necessary and you will always be needed.

If you want to feel successful, learn to create, innovate or design something other people can use and need.

2. Your thoughts are like boomerangs.

What you pass along to others is what will come back to you.

3. You are more defined by what comes out of your mouth than what goes in it.

The way you speak and the things you say have power. Speech gives us the power to create or destroy.

4. The journey of your success will always begin with the small step of taking a chance.

In business, in relationships, and in life, it all begins with a small step grounded in a desire to be better and do better.

5. Your education is never complete.

Determine to live fully and continually learn. Prepare for what life has to teach by being open to the lessons in everything you do and experience.

6. Don’t allow the voice of your fears to be louder than the other voices in your head.

Make sure the voice of reason, the voice of belief, the voice of confidence are all strong enough to drown it out.

7. A good reputation is more valuable than money.

Your reputation is built on the foundation of your character; it entails the words you speak and the actions you take. Take care of your character above all other things and your reputation will take care of itself.

8. You never really lose until you stop trying.

The words I can’t never accomplish anything. I’ll try, on the other hand, can perform wonders. Until you try you don’t know what you can do.

9.  You get more by giving more.

Success doesn’t result from how much you get but from how much you give. If you want an abundant life, give as much as you can.

10. Rule your mind or it will rule you.

When you rule your mind by controlling negativity and doubt, you rule your world. The choice is yours to make every day.

11. Great heroes are truly humble.

Most of us underrate the importance of humility. It’s an important skill because it keeps you teachable, regardless of how much you already know.

12. Defeat isn’t bitter if you’re smart enough not to swallow it.

At one time or another we will all experience failure. In fact, the more we are willing to risk, the more we will fail. The trick is to think of failure not as the end but as part of the process.

13. Your thoughts are powerful, make them positive.

To have a life that’s more abundant and more successful, you must think in the limitless terms of abundance and success. Thinking is among the greatest powers we possess, and it’s our choice to use it negatively or positively.

14. Forgiveness benefits two people–the giver and receiver.

The bravest and the smartest thing you can do in a bad situation is to forgive and move on. Don’t allow grudges and grievances to add to the weight you carry on the road to your own success. 



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