24 notes to my 24-year-old self

Be as tall as you are.

Bloom wherever you are planted.

Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply. — Stephen Covey

Success is a series of small victories.

I used to think that ultimate success looked something like a single defining moment towards the latter half of your life during which you’d look back and say to yourself, “I finally did it.” But, what about all of the smaller wins in between? Celebrate them! Life is hard, man. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Don’t be afraid to be the first

…to laugh at a joke you found sincerely funny. To text someone hey/what’s up/hello. To click ‘like/fave/upvote’. To comment saying “I LOVE THIS SO HARD.” What’s causing the delay? Move your ego aside. It’s not you being too keen. Think of it as you being a fan of encouragement during a precious time when the person on the other end may need it the most. Lead with your heart and express your affinity in that very moment. Not a second later.

Hav[e] the courage to follow [y]our passion and purpose instead of the crowd. — Caroline Carter, The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

Practice makes progress.

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good. — Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers

Everyone has the same hours in a day.

“I’m too busy” ain’t a valid excuse. We’re all busy. Buckle down and make time.

Growth stops when you stop wanting to grow.

Nobody can force you to grow. They can help you, but they cannot force you. Just as you can be the driving force for your own personal growth, you too can hinder yourself. Don’t. Grow yourself. Grow, yourself.

One of the most expensive things you could ever do is pay attention to the wrong people/things.

Your decisions about allocating your personal time, energy, and talent ultimately shape your life’s strategy. — Harvard Business Review, On Managing Yourself

Create bravely.

Be proud of your art/craft.

Build less walls and more bridges.

Everyone you meet can teach you something.

Don’t be the person who doesn’t smile back.

Don’t fit in. Don’t sit still. — Angelina Jolie, Kids’ Choice Awards 2015 Speech

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

By reeducating the mind, you can accept fear as simply a fact of life rather than a barrier to success. — Susan Jeffers, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway
Just get over it. — Ivanka Trump, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life

Allow yourself an off day* every once in a while.

We put an insane amount of pressure on ourselves to constantly be ON. Take a step back, go ahead and give yourself a *moment/day/week/month — however long you need — to be a tad OFF.

Take more naps*.

*Nap can translate to any ‘break’ of your choosing. We take the naps we think we deserve. Listen to your mind, body, and soul, to help dictate this.

Don’t go to bed angry.

I used to think this piece of advice was only reserved for newlyweds. But it can apply to anyone. Don’t go to bed angry at yourself, or others. Forgive. Sleep it off. Then maybe come back to it in the morning — but only to tie up loose ends for closure, not to dwell on it.

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. — Jim Rohn

Give unsolicited feedback (especially the constructive and positive type).

You’d be surprised at how many people are unaware or are in disbelief of their own strengths and capabilities. People deserve to be explicitly told they’re good, and have the potential to do great things.

Spend time genuinely thanking people.

People will not realize the impact they have made on you unless you let them know. (Seriously, they have no idea half the time.) And you’re foolish to assume that people do. Whether it’s a little thing they said or did that made your day, or a huge gesture that made the world of a difference to you, go out of your way to express your gratitude.