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aging
30 bits of advice I wish I'd learned earlier
BY CHIP CONLEY
1. Learn the difference between learning and memorizing.
The former will serve you for a lifetime. The
latter erodes with age.
2. Don't wait to tell someone you love them.
3. Choose your friends wisely-you might be the sum
total of their best and worst qualities. And while
you're at it, surround yourself with the people you
want to become.
4. Build and trust your intuition. It will last longer
than your eyesight.
5. Learn subjects that will be harder to pick up later
in life: surfing, a foreign language, piano, etc. Know
that regret for what you didn't do is twice as painful
as regret for something you did which didn't
turn out well.
6. What you practice is who you become. And practice
does not make perfect. Perfection doesn't exist.
7. Experience what it means to be " the other. " The
world is full of " others, " and when we're young,
we learn empathy to know what it feels like to be
the other.
8. Start making a list of your favorite books and
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movies once you hit 18. At the moment, they're
unforgettable. Later in life, they're mist in your
mind, but they will bring back memories.
9. The most important quality of your first job out
of high school or college is working for a leader
who you will remember and admire for the rest
of your life.
10. Create a " Wisdom Book " in which you write your
week's career lessons every weekend.
11. Wisdom is your metabolized experience that leads
to distilled compassion. The older you get, the
more compassionate you're likely to become.
12. Material possessions tend to depreciate.
Friendships appreciate. Consider asking Arthur
Aron's 36 questions with your best friend or a new
love interest.
13. Underpromise and overdeliver. Your reputation is
one of the few things in life that is portable.
14. Learn the difference between a fixed and a
growth mindset. The former is about proving oneself
and winning, while the latter is about improving
oneself and learning. The latter will take you
further and allow your " sandbox " to get bigger as
you age.
15. Don't take things so personally.
16. On their deathbed, the two things people care
about are " did I love well and was I well-loved? "
Create a customized t-shirt with the new word
" lovewell " emblazoned on the front.
17. Once a week, surprise someone with a small
financial gift, whether it's a 100% tip for a friendly
Uber ride or paying for an older woman's groceries
at the store.
18. Mindfulness allows the mental monkeys to take
a nap. It doesn't have to be meditation or yoga.
It can be walking in nature, gardening, or writing
poetry.
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Chip Conley has many amazing accomplishments
in his life which you can find here. His latest is
that of the founder of Modern Elder Academy
(MEA), the world's first " midlife wisdom school, "
where attendees learn how to repurpose a lifetime
of experience for the modern workplace. MEA's
beachfront campus is located in Baja California
Sur, Mexico.
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