30 for 30: These things I’ve learned in 30 years

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Two weeks ago I celebrated the 30th year of my existence here on this earth.  By the grace of God I’ve experienced enough things to last me a lifetime.  I’ve also been blessed with a loving family and loyal friends.  In reflecting on my journey to 30, I’ve decided to draft my very own “30 for 30” – 30 things I’ve learned in 30 years.

  1. Believe in God, believe in yourself.  Believe in God and yourself so much that it really doesn’t matter who doesn’t believe in you.
  2. The dictionary is the only place where you’ll find ‘greatness’ before ‘sacrifice’.
  3. Cherish your friendships.
  4. Tell your family you love them.
  5. If you only work for your outcome to be income, then you’re wasting your time.
  6. Our current situation isn’t all there is; it isn’t our destiny.  Often times, it’s only our itinerary for where we’re going.
  7. Pay for a strangers meal every once in a while.
  8. Get a mentor.
  9. Invest in the next generation.  Be willing to talk to youth, not talk about them.
  10. Don’t let social media fool you. It’s less about who “follows” you and more about who you’re leading.
  11. Never underestimate the power of prayer.
  12. Think about it: Our ancestors did more with less.
  13. History is made in the present.
  14. Build bridges before you need them.
  15. We could help God out, tremendously, if we began to answer the prayers of others.
  16. When you know your life purpose, rejection can be used for redirection.
  17. Failure doesn’t come to those who are doing what they’re supposed to do.
  18. No day in which you learn something should be considered a bad day.
  19. Don’t get destination disease.  Fall in love with the journey.  That’s where you learn the most.
  20. Stay humble, yet hungry.
  21. Remain hungry, but never thirsty.
  22. Don’t live for anything you aren’t’ willing to die for.
  23. Remain a gentleman at all times, at all costs.
  24. I quit my job, without having another one.  It wasn’t as bad as people thought.
  25. It’s impossible to be too busy for that which needs to be done.
  26. Where does your inspiration come from?  You should know the answer to this question.
  27. Sometimes, there are some things you have to remember to forget.
  28. Being significant is much better than simply being successful.  Successful people tend to change themselves.  Significant people change the world.  
  29. Everyone who we consider to be great was once considered insane. Keep working on your craft…no matter what!
  30. Anyone anywhere can change the world.  Where you live isn’t as important as what lives in you.
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