Life Lessons

Below are a list of life lessons or things people wish they had known sooner that have been submitted by readers such as yourself. Most are positive while some may be viewed as negative. As we grow older and gain more experience and wisdom, we often abandon what we used to believe but it’s still interesting to see what lessons people have come up with at different ages.

If you’d like to share some of the lessons on life that you’ve learn from your own experience and feel it would benefit others, please fill out the form below. Please avoid submitting quotes found on the net. You can do that over on the quotes pages. These life lessons are not in order of importance. They’re just numbered for easier reference. Thank you in advance for your submissions. The videos below shows some lessons about life.

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List of Life Lessons

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  1. If you can do what you love for a living, life will be a lot less stressful and a hell of a lot more fun. (Lisa B., 41)
  2. A smile is one of the few contagious things that you should spread. So spread it to everyone! (Marcie W., 27)
  3. Never be too proud to ask for help (especially for directions, ahem). (Ashley V., 23)
  4. Avoid pulling all-nighters. They’re no fun and too much Red Bull is no good for you. (David S., 20)
  5. We regret more about the things we didn’t do than the things we did do. Get out of yourself and just do it. (Will W., 36)
  6. Stop trying to impress people by being someone you’re not because in the end, you’ll lose yourself. (Anonymous)
  7. We don’t have to do anything – we always have a choice. (Tim W., 38)
  8. The best feeling in the world is getting paid to do what you love to do. (Laozhang, 36)
  9. No one can make you feel anything you don’t want to. (Jennifer K., 28)
  10. The older I get, the less I care about what others think of me. Therefore, the older I get, the more I enjoy life. (Michael M., 57)
  11. The word “Family” rarely ends up meaning blood related, and usually ends up becoming who we allow them to be. (Celeste, 29)
  12. The purpose of life is simply to live a life of purpose. With no reason to get up in the morning life can start to really get you down. Watch out retirees! Make sure you retire to something instead of from something. (Ricky K., 33)
  13. If you have the choice to be right or kind, always pick kind! (Kate, 55)
  14. Life is a fight, and even though it seems like you’re going to get knocked out, you must keep on fighting! (Frank, 17)
  15. Even a snake’s a saint unless stepped upon. Learn to forgive people who hurt you, hate is like holding onto burning coal. (James, 32)
  16. I have taken noticed that the deeper I know about myself, the clearer I understand others. (Sambo, 25)
  17. Make Jesus your best friend. With faith, let Him guide and direct you in all you do. It’s guaranteed to work that way. (Ras’Mel, 46)
  18. Change is the only pemanant thing in life. (Malik, 28)
  19. Always put yourself in the other’s shoes, if it hurts you, it probably hurts the other too. (Shashank, 19)
  20. Success is a game. The more you play the more you win. The more you win the more successfully you can play the game. (Durga, 40)
  21. Take the stairs. There is no elevator. (Anonymous)
  22. Years at school will seem short compared to a life time of minimum wage jobs. Get a good education, and achieve your dreams! (Anonymous)
  23. Always empty your cup, always ask for more knowledge so you will be able to help yourself and others. (Ameen, 26)
  24. Never be afraid to fail because through failure comes success. (Shanterica B., 15)
  25. I’ve learn that loving someone doesn’t always mean keeping them. Sometimes, it also means you have to let them go. (MJ, 28)
  26. There are no things or powers in life that can offer you a hand to your dreams except meeting new people who are better than you. You always can learn something from them. (Dmitry, 16)
  27. Dream big dreams, believe in yourself, trust in God, and work hard so that those dreams can be a reality. (Natalia, 20)
  28. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy. (Ayesha, 15)
  29. We regret day and night but overcoming those regret is not that easy. (Aarushi, 14)
  30. Live a life of purpose and love. (Anonymous, 37)
  31. Life is the greatest teacher of its kind. It always teaches us to do more. (Syed H., 46)
  32. If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something, you’ve never done. (JD Houston, 42)
  33. My life experience is that I am learning to become more of myself rather than comparing myself with other people. Other people expect me to be like them, but I don’t want to be like them, I just want to be more of myself and to accept myself for who I am. (Sharon N., 39)
  34. I had my children very young and if I have managed to teach them half of what they half taught me, then I have done a good job! (Marisela, 35)
  35. From King Solomon: This too shall pass. (Tapasya, 28)
  36. Accept people as they are. (Anish B., 34)
  37. You can’t be what you can’t see. If you see it… you will be it. (Paula, 52)
  38. When you’re trying to achieve something, or improve, remember that there are no limits, only expectations. Expect to do more, and more you will do. (Sahil, 14)
  39. The most funniest thing in life is doing what people say, you can’t. (Nandhu, 22)
  40. Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed because having ups and downs are always part of it just like a roller coaster ride. (Lorena, 32)
  41. Do not find the reason to smile, just find the way. (Gaurav M., 24)
  42. Love yourself without condition. (Sally, 38)
  43. Past failures should never dictate who you are today or where you are going. (Jackie, 35)
  44. If it’s out of your control, why fret about it? (Stacy, 24)
  45. A winner must first know what losing is like. Without failure, there is no success. (Chima O., 30)
  46. In everything that you do always give your 100% as if there’s no tomorrow. (Caloyski, 28)
  47. Past records count for nothing when the race starts. (Henry, 23)
  48. If you don’t commit to anything, don’t commit, but once you do commit, don’t live in the middle. (Bala K.)
  49. If you can laugh together, you can work together. (Yuvraj K., 25)
  50. The more you learn, the more you grow. The more you grow, the more you earn. The more you earn, the more happier you become. (Babukhan M., 40)
  51. If you want to love people, never judge them. (Ashutosh, 25)
  52. Do what you can for others since you know what you can do for yourself. (Nana, K., 29)
  53. Life is the reflection of your thoughts, so generate pure thoughts to make life beautiful. (Sarita, 25)
  54. In life, nothing is certain and nothing is perfect. Just rise above the challenge. (Star, 32)
  55. Impossibility is what nobody can until somebody does it. (Masak, 26)
  56. Always aim high and aspire big but in the process remain practical, to be happy. (Mukul, 26)
  57. Don’t let trouble, trouble you, until trouble troubles you. (Joe A., 52)
  58. Failures may be so hurtful and disappointing, knowing you did your best in everything. But it doesn’t mean life must end there. Stand up and live. Keep the Spirit and confidence. Be strong and Keep your faith by making the best out of it. For everything happens for a reason, a reason to teach you and correct you and a reason to bring the strength in you. (Florskie, 26)
  59. Everyone has skeletons in their closets or personal demons they fight but don’t let that stop you from being successful. (Matthew A., 23)
  60. Enjoy life and cherish it. Remember the good times, the bad times, and worse times, because each one has made you a better person and has made you grow. (Matthew A., 23)
  61. Between what happened and what will happen is our choice. So choose to be positive in everyday tasks. (Edwin J., 37)
  62. Mind over matter. Matter is an illusion. What matters is mind. (Yeshe D., 62)
  63. Never regret, if it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. (Stacey, 33)
  64. Life is full of fun if you learn to play with difficulties. (Mayank C., 24)
  65. Nothing changes if nothing changes. (Gina, 53)
  66. I learned how to live my own dreams when I encouraged my son to follow his. (Shenetta, 37)
  67. A teacher is nothing but a clever student. (Mohammed M., 62)
  68. As people we tend to worry about the things that don’t matter and forget about the things that do. Enjoy your life to the fullest because you never know when it’s going to end. So smile more, love more and enjoy more. Dueling on things just ruins your life. Being mad or upset with others for things they have done is just a waste of your energy. You can’t change the past or the mistakes. You can only change your future. (Brian A.)
  69. Life has taught me to always be myself. (Samio, 23)
  70. Review your mistakes committed everyday and promise not to repeat it again.(Pran, 25)
  71. You’re never too old to follow your dreams whatever they may be. (Julie S., 55)
  72. Love what you do, do what you love. (Soni, 33)
  73. What a wonderful feeling to be alive. To be able to see the sun shinning and to be able to make something positive happen for us, our family, our community and/or our friends. (Juan J., 38)
  74. Never forget those that gave you a helping hand, someday you will need them again. (Ada, 22)
  75. Don’t care what others think of you, and you will save yourself a lot of mental energy that instead can be used to push you towards success. (Neil, 19)
  76. The more obstacles you overcome, the stronger you become. (Kalu C., 33)
  77. Life’s a garden… dig it! (Harry B., 34)
  78. People tolerate in life what they subject themselves to. (Kathleen C., 26)
  79. There is no alternative to hard work. (Babesri, 32)
  80. Don’t let things happen in your life. Instead make it happen. (Ashok S., 27)
  81. Never live your life compared to someone else’s standards, because for one, you don’t know what their standards are, and secondly, you are not them. Everyone has their strong points, don’t ever downgrade your own. (Gabby, 23)
  82. You can never be happy if you’ve never been sad. (Matt, 19)
  83. With hope and hardwork anything can be achieved. Don’t be afraid with results, it will come with the whole process of commitment and persistence. (Dinesh B., 40)
  84. Be willing to learn more about life in general. (Howard, 28)
  85. Life is like a bicycle with one wheel in front of the other. You leave tire marks of the past behind. You might break sometimes and even have a flat tire. But you never run out of gas. (Amanda, 19)
  86. kEep moVing forWard! (Kamla, 12)
  87. Don’t try to be popular, its no ones calling. (Joe, 47)
  88. The more I give of myself unconditionally the more I seem to receive. LIVING IS GIVING – GIVING IS LIVING 🙂 (Colin, 53)
  89. No one gets out alive, and there is no U-haul at the end of a funeral procession – so, leave the best of you behind. (Tom, 59)
  90. When you stand on what you believe in, you can change the world. (Gagan L., 24)
  91. Always demand the impossible, dare to start that dream. (Chris Y., 26)
  92. What you think upon… grows! You’ll attract more of what you focus upon.. positive or negative.. It’s your choice. Focus on what you have and what’s right, not on what you don’t have and what’s wrong… And say thank you for what you have as often as possible.. it will change your life! (Kalf G., 42)
  93. Perseverance will make you great. (Anbu, 50)
  94. Life is a game of Chess, learn to play it wisely. (Dars M., 23)
  95. Always tell an obstacle that you are bigger than it by overcoming it. (Chuks O., 25)
  96. If your standing in the crowd, you’re doing something wrong. (Fred, 17)
  97. Never change your beliefs because someone else wants you to. Change them only because you want to. (Izer, 23)
  98. To have a long lasting relationship with anybody; always look out for their strengths and less at their weakness. (Will, 24)
  99. When you get a second chance in life, do not regret, hold it with both bands and make things happen. Nothing is impossible until you decide to stop trying! (Anonymous, 20)
  100. I learned that life can sometimes be pretty tough but without these challenges, it wouldn’t be called life. The down’s in life make the up’s much more enjoyable. (Mary, 49)


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