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10 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life

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10 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life
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Nelson Wang, Entreprenuer, Writer, 10 years in Technology, Founder of

What We Gain

Simple is good

Life has so much clarity when you keep things simple. For example:
1. Want to better understand? Listen.
2. Miss a loved one? Call. (Or text, Facebook message, Snapchat)
3. Want to achieve? Hustle.
4. Want to laugh? Watch Youtube videos.
5. Love someone? Say it.

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Things that are worthwhile often take time

It feels like I see a new success story every week. “New technology startup raises $100M at a $1B valuation!” People see the overnight success. What they don’t often see are the late nights at the office until 2 AM. Whether it’s love, work or friendship, everything worthwhile takes time. So learn to be patient. And invest your time wisely.

Sacrificing your health to pursue wealth isn’t worth it

One of my best friends had cancer. Do you know how many times I heard him say, “Gosh, I really wish I made more money or worked more hours?” Not once. Take care of your body. Fruits and vegetables are your best friend. Work out regularly. Cardio, lifting weights or workout classes should be a big part of your life. Invest in your body today so that you’ll have a brighter future tomorrow.

Age-Related Memory Loss is normal

Worrying is not a good use of energy

I built a dating app once. I was worried our competitors would copy us and we would lose over the long term because we didn’t have the marketing budget that they had. Guess what? It didn’t matter. We got 13,000+ downloads but couldn’t get our users to come back frequently enough to the app to make it an engaging experience. So I spent all that energy and time worrying over…nothing. Worrying is one of the biggest wastes of energy. Stop worrying. Start hustling. Noticing a recurring theme?

You can’t do crazy stuff without someone taking a selfie at the next table and posting online

Happiness is a state of mind, not a destination

Looking back on my life, the most unhappiest moments of my life occurred when I always thought I had to achieve a certain goal to be happy. That’s not the way happiness works. You can be happy right now. Be happy that you’re alive. You’re breathing. You’re here in this incredible moment that we call life. That gives you all the reasons you need to be happy.

Niklas Göke, 70% Artist, 20% Scientist, 10% Marketer. Writer, book nerd & habit coach.


Everything in life is on you. ~Gary Vee

A lot of stuff goes wrong for every single one of us. Maybe your dad was a drinker, maybe your mom left when you were 5 years old, maybe you had an accident and since then your nose looks weird. Just because these things are outside of your control doesn’t excuse you of dealing with them. You are 100% in charge of your own life, and how you react to what happens is all on you, whether you like it or not. If you always take responsibility, even for the shit that’s not your fault, you’ll automatically focus on what you can do, which will make you way happier.

Joshua Otusanya, Accountant, Stand up Comedian, Former Division 1 Athlete

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Take More Risks

Life is too short to play safe all the time. Too many people work at a job they hate for years instead of pursuing their real passion. Remember that the only thing worse than death is a regret filled coffin.

Listen more, lecture less

Make Time For Those That Matter

Make time for friends, your significant other, and family. You never know when you may lose someone close to you.

Seek out positive memories

Life Is Fragile

As amazing and liberating life can be, it is also precious, fragile, and can be lost in an instant. This makes it even more important to cherish every moment you’ve been blessed with..

Knowledge is worthless. Unless you do something with it

Acting on impulse without any understanding of what you want to accomplish is like jumping out of a plane without wearing a parachute. You still want to be around afterwards to talk about it. The problem, however, is that when we grow up we keep the illusion alive by never allowing ourselves to explore on our own. This is how consumerism thrives. It feeds on our insecurities that we are always missing something that’s right in front of us. We look around and think that everyone else knows something we don’t and if we could just spot it then we would be ready. We feel like outsiders.

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Jo-Anne spent many years in the financial and operations side of higher education after having received a doctorate in education management and administration from Harvard, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Launching out on her own, though, has been the fulfillment of a life dream. Jo-Anne believes that “AfterFiftyLiving™ will delight its visitors, catalyze its partners, and will significantly benefit those who engage it.”

Residing in New England along with her husband of 35+ years, she never ceases to brag about her two children and 4 grandkids!

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