When I first started Next Generation Digital Magazine, I didn’t figure out much of the answers. I remember spending countless nights staying away thinking about what and how to run a magazine. Can you a believe a non-writer wanted to start her own magazine. I didn’t know who could write for the magazines. I didn’t know who would be the editors or content developers. All I knew was this is what I want. I have come a long way and have learned a lot since then. Here are some important life lessons I have learned which everyone should know — the earlier the better:
1. It’s Okay to Fail
Failure is the best teacher. When Thomas Alva Edison was asked how it felt to fail 1,000 times, he simply stated that he didn’t fail 1,000 times. He just found 1,000 wrong ways of inventing the light bulb, thus increasing his chance to get it right the next time. When you fail on something it doesn’t mean you should quit trying. Failure eliminates one wrong attempt, meaning you are getting one step closer to your goal.
2. It Doesn’t Matter What Other People Think
No one is walking in your shoes but yourself. No one knows your situations or the options you have before deciding on something. No matter what you do, people will always be there to pass good and bad comments. One thing you should always remember is that when the sun rises and sets you only have yourself. The only opinion should matter the most if yours. Learn how you can stop caring about what other people think and more about what you think.
3. Be Calm & Be Humble
Always train your mind to be calm in every situation. Our emotion can be our worst enemies. We will always regret the decisions we make when our emotions are high. When you trained yourself to be calm in every situation, you will be able to see past the negative and hurt and always make a better decision. Remember, whatever decision you make at this exact moment, will affect your life and you have no other option than to carry out the consequences for the rest of your life.
Be humble in success as well as in your failures. You don’t have to constantly prove yourself to anyone. It’s better to work in your silence and let your success make the voices. One thing that differentiates successful people like Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey is their ability to be humble. Let’s take Oprah for an example, we all know her life story on how she emerged to be one of the most influential women in the world, but even though she has tasted so many success in her life, she remains humble.
4. Forgive Yourself & Others
We all make mistakes. At times we are so eager to find the wrongdoings of others that we have forgotten ours. We never know how a small act of ours might offend others. When you forgive others who have done wrong to you, you are doing yourself a favor. Forgiveness is an act of freeing yourself from the bondage of the past. We call it past because there’s nothing we can do to change it — but we can always change the way we react to it. It will be really hard, sometimes you have to put all your energy just to forgive a simple thing — but it will be well worth it.
Forgiving yourself will be much harder than forgiving other because you will always be reminded of the consequences. However, you don’t have to live your life as the prisoner of your own thoughts. Learn how you can release yourself from your past mistakes on my next post.
5. Hard Work Always Pays Off
I wasn’t a writer. I had no idea of the blogging world. I didn’t know how I could get the readers-based for the magazine, but I didn’t give up either. The first few months are always the hardest especially if you are getting continuously getting rejections and discouragements from your peers and others. I know, I have been there — but what matters the most is how you continue to stand up. At the end of the day, people won’t be talking of how many times you were faced with the failures, but how you continue to work despite the failures. When you are determined on something, things will come your way. I didn’t know how to get in contact with top entrepreneurs like Arianna Huffington or Sarina Russo, but my determination found the way. Your hard work will open new doors you never even thought possible.
6. Never Work For Money, Work For Passion
We live in a world where money decides everything. Anything you want, whatever you do, you will require. We need money and we need work to have money, yet finding a decent job can be painful. Graduates can wait for years after their graduation to secure a good job. Perhaps, this is what drive us to settle for anything, any jobs as long as we get the salary. It’s not wrong for people to think like that. But let’s fast forward to a year or two years later. You will get burned off and fed up with continuously doing the job you have no interest in. You will start losing interest, you will not be doing as good as you were and the end you are left with no options but to quit your job. Once you quit your job, you are now being pressured on finding a good job as soon as possible. Unknowingly you are stuck in the same circle.
You need to find where your passion lies. Is it cooking, soccer, crafting? Then start developing by learning new skills related to passion. We are living in the internet era, you can start working on passion with the help of the internet. If you are interested in cooking you can start a YouTube channel and post your recipe there. There are many ways you can expand on your passions and you should start working on that now.
7. Time Is A Great Healer & Killer
There’s nothing that time can heal. The question is… are we patience enough to wait for it? On the other hand, when you waste the time, you will never be able to get it back. Manage your time well, procrastination will not take you anywhere.
8. Show Respect
Respect everyone — even who don’t deserve it, because it’s the manifestation of your character, not theirs. Give the waiter the same respect as CEO. It won’t cost you anything to say “Please”, “Thank you” and “Sorry” so practice it. If you are wondering how to give a long lasting first impression on your job interview or on your first meeting — show respect to everyone.
9. It’s Okay If You Don’t Have It All Figured Out
Like I said before, I didn’t have all the answers when I first started Next Generation Digital Magazine. To be honest, I’m still working on finding the answers — and if no one has ever told you — It’s okay. It’s okay if you are taking your time to figure out what’s working and what’s not working. It’s okay if you don’t know the A to Z plan about your next 10 years. Although, what do you know, matters the most, so work at it. Let time reveals the answer to you.
10. Keep On Learning
You are working a nine to five job and once you are at home you are being welcomed by a messy apartment or your family. You will spend the time you have at home with your children or cleaning the households and by the time you know it, it’ll already be ten o’clock. You will feel tired and decided to rest. The next morning, the circle starts again. Will you be surprised if I tell we all have twenty-four hours in total, yet you can’t even figure where did your time go? Train yourself to learn something new every time you can. Do you only have 5 minutes from your lunch break? There are plenty of useful information you can read about within that five minutes. Learn to set boundaries and priorities. Not everything requires your immediate attention. I enjoy writing — earlier I couldn’t even find time to write but now I’m using the time from my lunch break to write an article, I may not finish it but I can always continue the next day. Taking a break from normal day to day activities will you refresh your mind and will help you to be more productive.
Take up new hobbies, do exercise and eat well.
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