My 41 Life Philosophies (So Far)

I have many life philosophies by which I live. By life philosophies, I mean principles and attitudes I really live by, not just nod when I hear them in the form of a good quote or speech. I have never kept record of these life philosophies, but I thought I’d take some time to write some down now to see if I had one for every year I’ve lived. Why one per year lived? Because I’ve long thought that if I could learn something valuable enough from life each year to turn it into a life philosophy, a life outlook and behavioral change for the rest of my life, it’d have been a good year for wisdom.

Turns out, I was able to find 41 life philosophies for each of my years lived so far. The list is below, with the philosophies simply stated. They are in no particular order, though the first handful are the ones on my mind the most often and closest to my heart. Most philosophies stated are my own wording, which I had to craft to articulate the life philosophy for myself, though many are close to proverbs or expressions you may know. I plan to blog mini-essays, 500 words or so and under 3 minutes if given as a speech, to elaborate on each in the future. However, for now, you’ll have to just take them as is and hopefully not misunderstand any. Leave a question in the comment if you want to know more about any and I’ll answer it.

Do share any you  have in a comment because I LOVE hearing about life philosophies, whether I agree with them or not!

  1. The best thing you can give someone, including yourself, is a chance.
  2. Failure is not about falling down, it’s about not getting back up.
  3. AND… not OR.
  4. Everything that happens in my life, happens for great reasons, whether I know it then or not.
  5. True love is made, not found.
  6. Common sense is anything but common.
  7. Conventional wisdom is often far more conventional than wisdom.
  8. Honesty is often the best policy.
  9. Expect less to be happier.
  10. The secret to happiness is knowing what you want.
  11. Knowing what you want is the hardest thing in life.
  12. Money won’t buy happiness, but it can sure help you get it.
  13. Laughter and self-motivation are the best medicine.
  14. Know why you are getting up every morning.
  15. Believe before you achieve.
  16. The hardest part of any journey is taking the first step.
  17. People are creatures of habit.
  18. People are far more alike than different.
  19. Most people are average, and so are most of the things most do.
  20. You can best understand people if you view them as animals.
  21. With change comes opportunity.
  22. Death and change are the only certain things in life.
  23. If you can’t change, you become insignificant at best, and extinct at worst.
  24. True simplicity is beautifully reduced complexity.
  25. Jacks of all trades may be masters of none, but so are most people good at any given thing.
  26. The true art of saying “no” lies in keeping the question from being asked.
  27. Know which goals are destinations, and which are journeys.
  28. If you don’t like something that’s happening, suck it up or work to change it.
  29. Great things come to those who wait.
  30. Reality is stranger, better and more interesting than fiction.
  31. History is written by winners, and a few who care about the losers.
  32. The problem with religion is that it is a mass solution for individuals.
  33. The healthiest foods come from the bottom of the food chain.
  34. Play leap frog rather than catch-up.
  35. When the odds are against you, innovate.
  36. There is no teacher quite like failure, though sometimes at no price like it, either.
  37. Try to be right most of the time, not all of the time.
  38. Things are better enjoyed when earned rather than bestowed.
  39. Approach decision making like risk management.
  40. The uncalculated risk is not worth taking.
  41. Learn about your future for motivation.
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