Around this time last year I wrote a document entitled 2013 goals. For me, this was a different approach to traditional New Years resolutions — I set goals, not resolutions, with the hope I’d actually stick to them and follow them through, as I’ve previously been terrible with resolutions.

Over the past couple of days I’ve spent some time reviewing my goals for 2013; what I’ve achieved; what I haven’t, and what I’ve actually learned from these experiences.

Below are 20 lessons from 2013.



1.There’s always someone who needs it more than you. Be generous.

2. Spend less on material things. Our most cherished memories are our experiences, not the designer clothes or material possessions.

3. Money gives us options, but it doesn’t answer our need for purpose.

4. Money should not be the main rationale behind decisions.



5. Time goes quick. So don’t waste it.

6. 1 hour is only 4% of your day. Spend an extra hour per day doing something you love, something creative or something positive.

7. Spend more time with your friends, family and those closest to you. You won’t regret it.

8. Make time to learn something every day. Push yourself into an experience that you’ll learn from every-single-day.

Health and Happiness

10. Exercise more. I’ve never regretted one gym session or run in my life.

11. Speak with people you look up to. It’ll help you grow.

12. Experiment. Try different routines

13. Push yourself.

14. Be honest, open and transparent. If you aren’t happy, tell someone about it.

15. Don’t let people dictate how you should live your life.

17. Take a break. Take a break from email; a break from social media; a break from your laptop.


16. If you don’t like your job, find a way to leave. Seriously, you’ll be happier for it (also, see lessons 3 and 4 above.)

18. Just f*cking do it. Never pass up an opportunity if you feel you might regret it in the future.

19. Travel more. Make an effort to visit more places near and far. You don’t have to fly half-way across the world to broaden your horizons.

20. Ask great questions. Great questions lead to great answers.

What have you learned from 2013?

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