Life advice all around.

To kick off the year.

[I started this post in January. I don’t know why I didn’t post this ’till now. Maybe I was waiting for images to put in.]

First, for a dash of sarcasm, Thought Catalog’s “Let’s Stop Saying That We’re ‘Fine’“:

“…Because if that had been the situation, I may have done some drastic things, like lock myself in my apartment for three days with nothing to eat except an old half-finished bottle of Bacardi, refusing to answer phone calls, untying myself from the outside world, hoping I would float away. Lucky for me though, none of that happened, and we’re both fine.

On working to be better at design, from Good:

Choose a topic that fascinates you and learn it inside out…

…And to be really, really good, you need to do it all the time. I don’t care how great an idea is, if you can’t model it, prototype it, or draw it, then you’re screwed. If you learn nothing else from this blog post, please find a way to learn how to make your ideas tangible.”

And on to cheesier terrain…

From the tinybuddha blog:

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” ~Bernice Johnson Reagon

My new rule became: “If it doesn’t feel good for you, don’t do it.”

I spent a lot of time asking and re-asking myself the question, “What’s one thing you would really like to do today?” I learned my immediate responses often reflected where friends and family members wanted me to be, not necessarily where I felt revved up, plugged in, and powerful.

From Marc and Angel Hack Life, “30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself” excerpts:

“Stop following the path of least resistance.  

You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.  

Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.   

Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others.  

Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?” 

Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  

When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  

Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  

Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings.

Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. 

Don’t change so people will like you. 

It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.”

From Chris Dixon‘s blog:

meander some in your walk (especially early on), randomly drop yourself into new parts of the terrain, and when you find the highest hill, don’t waste any more time on the current hill no matter how much better the next step up might appear. – cdixon.org

And, lest I forget:

Ask for help. It’s possible you’ll get turned down. It’s even more likely that you’ll feel vulnerable and exposed… Those of us who like to offer assistance and hate to take any are depriving other people of the opportunity to be generous and kind; we are also blinding ourselves to the reality of mutual dependence. You wouldn’t wear pink hot pants and pretend they were flattering. Don’t pretend you don’t need help. – Real Simple

And from tentblogger:

#27:

We’re not really good at knowing what we want, and we are very quick to say “this sucks”. That’s where the opportunity lies.

- Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library

#39:

Keep an idea log where you write everything down, even the bad ideas.

- Joshua Schachter, Delicious

#44:

Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.

- Jeffrey Zeldman, A List Apart

#55:

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

- Thomas Edison

#56:

Everyone tells you how they are going to be “special”, but few do the work to get there. Do the work.

- Mark Cuban

And, from workisnotajob: The only rule is work.

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