Disclaimer: My thanks goes out to all who have allowed me to be influenced by them and thus beg/borrow/steal their ideas.

I had a lovely conversation a few weeks ago about the frameworks and values we use to evaluate our world and how it affects our perspectives. I’ve always tried to live my best life now and be a highly effective person (and a myriad of other self-help book titles) but sometimes, the values that build our metanarrative are a lot simpler. I realized that mine could be easily packaged into three words, a simple mantra that could (in l33t speak) help me level up and not live just another ordinary life.

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I needed to write a blog about this, just to be able to hold myself to account. So here are my #3thingstoliveby:

  1. Humility: This ethos goes down to the very core of who you are as a person. Only with having the humility and self-awareness to know who you are as a person can you build on your strengths and mitigate your weakness.
    At the risk of sounding like crotchety old woman, I think this is one value that my generation doesn’t seem to grasp. We’re all raised to think that we’re unique little snowflakes whose every word is a winner. One of my favourite new quotes sums up this phenomenon quite nicely: “Even if you are one-in-a-million, there are 7000 others just like you.”
  2. Honesty: Seems like a simple tenet to live by but can be a very charged concept as it reflects who you are to the world. Honesty is not a one-time act but rather a way of life which only gains credibility with consistency. It means saying “I don’t know” and “I was wrong” and believing that those admissions are going to grow you, rather than cripple you.
  3. Hunger: As a first-generation Canadian, I’ve seen my parents’ work ethic and I’ve seen the rewards that it brings. (Like seriously, who actually buys their house outright anymore?! Apparently, my parents do.) Coupled with the first two points, hunger acts as the engine that can propel you forward in the right direction. Without ambition, intelligence and creativity seems to be forever condemned to stay in its pretty plastic packaging.

So there you have it. Good luck to you for taking advice from a twentysomething!

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