A Few Things I Have Learned the Hard Way
November 21, 2016
Posted in Personal
I am neither a fountain of wisdom nor a paragon of virtue. I am just an old man who has tried to pay attention as he went along. In no particular order these are some things I have learned.
- Never start a do it yourself project when the nearest hardware stores are closed.
- Always buy the best tools you can afford. They make the job so much easier.
- Always live up to your principles but don’t expect others to live up to them too.
- Being right doesn’t win arguments.
- Never underestimate your opponent.
- If someone disagrees with you they are probably basing their opinion on different evidence, information, premises (e.g. beliefs, assumptions, biases), experiences, or logic.
- Never decide whether to go to the gym while laying in bed.
- Projects always take at least the estimated time multiplied by pi (3.1459).
- The hardest part of a project is starting. After that the hardest part is finishing.
- Success doesn’t go to the best, smartest, strongest, or most skilled. It goes to the most relentless.
- Always be kind. It confuses the hell out of them.
- Plan and prepare as best you can then “wing it.” The one who can adjust quickest to changes usually wins.
- The measure of a life is not the things you have done nor what you have accumulated. It is how many lives you have had a positive effect on.
- Procrastination, worry, dread, and swearing do not make the job go away or get done.
- Everybody needs help at some time.
- Every kindness towards you is a choice someone has made and a gift you have been given. Be grateful and say thank you.
I don’t offer these things as a prescription for living, but as a a footnote for where I am in my life.