From The Editor: Things I've Learned-Part II
Author: Maggie Washo
In our September issue two years ago, I wrote about a few things I had learned at the “ripe old age” of 31. Well, I am happy to say, I have not stopped learning. My scope of knowledge has increased with the experiences of recent years, even though at times I tend to forget what I’ve learned. And then I have to learn again, the hard way. Still, progress is being made. Here are a few more things I’ve picked up along the way:
1. There is a reason protective eyewear comes with the purchase of a Nerf dart gun. Do not underestimate the aim of a three year old.
2. If you want things to last, you must take care of them. By “things” I mean vehicles, your body and relationships.
3. You should listen twice as much as you speak.
4. If everyone thinks it’s a bad idea, go for it. If it doesn’t work out, you’ve learned something. If it does work out, you will trust your instincts even more in the future. “Everyone” doesn’t always know what’s best for YOU.
5. Some people are just plain crazy. Don’t let this frustrate you. Use it for amusement.
6. Control is an illusion.
7. You will never know everything. But you can always find someone who knows the answer.
8. Sometimes it’s okay to fire a client. Some people were just not meant to work together.
9. When you sell your car, you should turn in your license plate immediately, or you might be subject to a $400 fine. Trust me on this one.
10. When you need a little perspective in your life, ask yourself, “Will this really matter five years from now?” or even, “Will this matter tomorrow?”
11. Never trust a talking snake.
I hope I learn another thing or two this year. I’m ready.