Celebrating The Big 4-0 With 40 Random Lessons About Work, Life and Other Stuff


Today is my birthday and it’s the big…um…yeah THAT! So to celebrate the special occasion, I am sharing what little I have learned over the last (yikes) 40 years…

40 Random Lessons About Work, Life and Other Stuff

#1: Find Your Bliss — Doing what you love everyday makes work seem like play!

#2: Technology Works for You, NOT the Reverse! — Remember that your SmartPhone is not the boss of you. You CAN put it down and leave it there.

#3: Done is Better Than Started — Don’t give in to the temptation to start a million projects that never get finished.

#4: Children Grow Up WAY Too Fast — Slow down and enjoy every day you have with them.

#5: Inspiration is Everywhere — Open your mind to see it.

#6: Ask for Help — Don’t wait until you are drowning before asking for help.

#7: Never Underestimate Yourself — Trust that you can do whatever you put your mind to!

#8: The Internet Remembers — Try not to do really stupid things.

#9: Respect Privacy — Don’t post stuff about your kids that they will find embarrassing later in life.

#10: Excuses Don’t Get Results — Stop worrying about what other people think and get it done.

#11: Hard Work Trumps Talent and Luck — Try for all three, but only count on the first.

#12: Perfection is the Enemy of Productivity — Get it done THEN worry about perfecting it.

#13: Laughter IS the Best Medicine — Use it to heal the emotional wounds that we inflict on each other.

#14: Don’t Buy into Your Own Hype — Surround yourself with people who get you minus the hype.

#15: Life is Random — Embrace the unexpectedness of it.

#16: Sometimes You Need to Take a Step — If you truly want something, but don’t know how to get there, take a step and trust that the path will reveal itself.

#17: Chocolate is AWESOME — Duh.

#18: Mistakes are Okay — Accept that you will make them and get over it.

#19: Your Customer Line is One Deep — Focus on helping the customer who is right in front of you no matter how long the line.

#20: Be Direct With Fear — Play the ‘What-if’ game and ask yourself what you would do if the worst thing that could happen happened.

#21: Your Network is the Best Advertising — Build a strong network and use that to grow your business.

#22: Mean People Suck — Just don’t bother with them.

#23: A Nice Hot Bath Fixes Many Problems — Jump in when you need 1) a time-out, 2) inspiration, 3) a cure for aches and pains.

#24: Pressure Reveals Your Inner Diamonds — Don’t be afraid of it.

#25: Treat Every Step as a Stepping Stone — Be strategic about the path you take to achieve your goals and only take the steps that move you closer to your ultimate goal.

#26: Time is Your Most Valuable Asset — Never let people waste it! Maintain tight control of your time.

#27: Say What Needs to Be Said — Remember you are a source of inspiration to everyone around you.

#28: Wonder Keeps You Young — Embrace the world the way your children do.

#29: People are Freaky — Just go with it and let them do their thing.

#30: Life Matters More Than Business — Design your business to support your life goals, not the reverse.

#31: Your Sandbox, Your Rules — Don’t worry if someone doesn’t like your rules; they are welcome to leave your sandbox.

#32: Just Hold Your Breath and Do It — Remember this when you feel 1) nervous, 2) stuck, 3) afraid.

#33: True Friends are Never Far Away — Hold this thought when you need it.

#34: An Empty You Helps No One — Fill your cup first and then serve others.

#35: Learning is a Lifelong Journey — Never ever stop.

#36: Housework Can Wait — Don’t waste a single sunny day on cleaning.

#37: One Step-at-a-Time Will Get You There — Get in the habit of taking one step forward everyday. You. will. get. there.

#38: Road Trips Reveal Many Things — Take them with the people you love.

#39: Shit Happens — Get over it!

#40: Long Pithy Lists are Fricking Hard to Write.


About Author

Carla Young, momeomagazine.com Publisher If there’s living proof that women can have it all – and then some – it’s Carla Young. Building her multiple businesses on a virtual work-at-home model, Carla is an inspiration to other mothers who want to start a lifestyle business. During her early days as a mom entrepreneur, Carla made every single mistake in the book (and a few new ones for good measure). Realizing that “doing it all” was unhealthy and unsustainable, Carla started by getting organized to the extreme, developing support systems for both her work and family. After other mothers started asking how they too could enjoy her lifestyle, Carla launched momeomagazine.com to support moms at work, at home and at play (because every mommy deserves a little me-time)!


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