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40 life lessons

40 Things I have learnedToday is my 40th birthday, it’s shocking to write this. I swear I was just 39!

I did some reflecting on what I have learned in my life so far, and I thought I would share it with you.

Here are 40 life lessons I have learned along the way. They are not in any order, they are just as I wrote them.

1. Travel. Get out of your country and see the world
2. Family is the best decision you will ever make
3. Don’t forget your roots
4. You are not as cool as you think you are
5. Question authority, always
6. Stop and smell the air (seriously, take a whiff!)
7. Unplug often, this includes your phone
8. Keep a journal and write what you have achieved today, even the little things
9. Hold doors open for people
10. Say “Please” and “Thank You”
11. Keep in touch with the important people
12. Call your parents weekly
13. Accept people for who they are
14. Real time TV is for suckers
15. Get out of your comfort zone
16. Promote others
17. Talk to yourself out loud
18. Drive in silence and just think
19. Subscribe to podcasts
20. Study things you know nothing about
21. Don’t take yourself so seriously
22. Think before you eat
23. Think before you drink
24. Begin again
25. Get your news from outside of your country for a broader perspective
26. Play with your kids, they will grow faster than you know
27. Dedicate yourself to your partner
28. There are always other people just like you – you are not alone
29. No matter how bad it is now, you will look back and laugh later
30. Watch good movies
31. Find new music and tell your friends
32. $upport non profits and independent artists
33. Say “What the Fuck
34. Drink water often
35. Go for a walk
36. Eat fruit and veggies
37. Be thankful every day, no matter how bad your day is
38. Teach others and share your wisdom
39. Stretch often
40. Smile

Tonight we are meeting for a pint or two in Nashville. If you would like to join us please RSVP, so I know how much food to buy.

What life lessons would you add to this list?

Photo by Kris Krug. Thanks Kris!


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  • Dave

    Exercise, especially with weights.

  • Kim (@karmakimmie)

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  • John Wall
  • John Wall

    Happy Birthday sucka!

  • Dave Delaney

    Love these! Thanks for sharing them John.

  • Dave Delaney

    Yes, I need to be doing this. Thanks Dave!

  • Dave Delaney

    Thanks a million Kim!

  • Dave Delaney

    Cheers! :)

  • wesley83

    Happy Birthday Buddy.  ;)

  • Dave Delaney

    Thanks Wesley. I’m looking forward to seeing you again one day soon. Cheers!

  • Larbets

    Loved your list…I agree with all of them! Happy happy birthday. These decade marker birthdays are important to celebrate! Love, Betsy

  • Dave Delaney

    Thanks Betsy! I’m on my way to do so now.

  • Jeff Dolan

    Dave, it’s time for 27 for me. Have an amazing day and week! Happy Birthday!

  • Dave Delaney

    Thanks Jeff!
    I loved your presentation at PodCamp Nashville.

    Keep in touch.

  • david horne

    Dave, Happy belated birthday. Mine was on the 13th. Anyway. Love 18 and 24.

  • Dave Delaney

    Thanks David. Happy belated to you too.
    Driving in silence really works, but it’s hard if you’re addicted to podcasts like I am. :)
    Let me know how it goes.

  • Marnie Hughes

    P B 4 U go 2 bed :)

  • Sara G

    All good stuff. I’m going to start putting #8 into practice immediately!

  • Dave Delaney

    Thanks Sara.

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  • bgavin

    Dave, it’s been a while, but I do keep one eye on you down there. Happy birthday and thanks for a thought provoking list.

  • Dave Delaney

    Thanks. It was a fun one to think about. Did you have a favourite?

    Good to hear from you. Keep in touch.

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  • Caleb McNary

    Love it, I would be interested to hear what podcasts you subscribe to, I’m on the road a bit and always looking for new content.

  • Dave Delaney

    Here are some favorites: This post is a little dated, but I still love these shows:
    Hope this helps.

  • Caleb McNary

    Thanks Dave, I’ll check it out!

  • Dave Delaney

    You’re welcome.
    What podcasts are you listening to these days? Anything I should check out?

  • Caleb McNary

    I’ve just started getting into podcasts, it seems like the good ones are sometimes buried beneath the pile of celebrity ones. There is actually a podcast that came out of Killer Tribes called The Courtesy Laugh that is getting off the ground. It’s mostly humor and nonsense, but cool to see peers giving it a go. I also just got the Accidental Creative podcast, and am liking it so far.

  • Dave Delaney

    Thanks Caleb. I will check them out for sure.
    I also love This American Life for story telling. It’s brilliant.

  • Caleb McNary

    Looks like I’ll need to make some room on my iPhone :)

  • Dave Delaney
  • Caleb McNary

    Mind=Blown. Thanks for everything!

  • Dave Delaney

    Happy to help. It’s a personal favorite app these days. I love it.