20 Life Lessons A Wise Man Would Share

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism. – Abraham Lincoln

No One is Perfect.  The quicker this is realized the faster you can get on with being excellent.  Start every morning ready to fight harder than you did the day before and run further than you ever imagine.

Avoid over explaining yourself.  Be confident with who you are.

Keep balance in your life.  Write down what’s most important to you and show up.  Sometimes we tend to do the things that are most important to us when it’s written down.

Play the hand you were dealt.  Have the courage to face challenges head on it builds character.  Start looking for a way through instead of a way out.

Be a student of lifeLearn something new every day.  The day you stop learning is the day you become obsolete so keep learning.

No Excuses.  Stop making excuses replace them with ways to do better.  Excuses are a waste of time and energy.

Let others know where you Stand.  Be uncompromising and be up front when someone steps on your core values.

Never be afraid of a challenge.  You put on your shoes like every other man.  Now it comes down to who wants it more.

Service to others.  Small, simple or important be a volunteer and give the very best of you.

Work like hell.  Everyone has a job to do so do it.  Cross every “T” and dot every “I”.

Discover You.  Find your passion, life purpose, and take action.

Don’t take it Personal.  Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself self confidence shows that you’re comfortable in your own skin.

Manage your time.  Our situation and environment is ever changing so be careful not to confuse the things that are urgent with the things that are important.  Look for time wasters and eliminate them.

Ask for help.  Life can be tough remember you never have to do it alone.

Do your homework.  Know what you getting into before you start.  Doing your homework reduces uncertainty and fear.

Day Dream Often.  On the weekend when you are relaxing embrace a day dream.  During the week take action to preserve your dreams.

Be A HERO.  Cultivate a healthy dose of forgiveness and set someone free.  Learn to forgive others and stop carrying those bags of hate, guilt or regret.

Stay One Step Ahead.  Be proactive, Take the initiative, Brainstorm with the big picture in mind.

Self Love.  Become your own priority.  Strive to be the you, you want to be.

Finish what you started.  Avoid the urge to stray.

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47 Discussions on
“20 Life Lessons A Wise Man Would Share”
  • Why is this “manly”? Why is it gender-specific? Aren’t these all good traits for people in general?

  • @ Sandy. Thanks for stopping by. Sandy you’ll find a number of encouraging posts here and at times information will be specific to being a better man, better father, and loving husband. Other times information as you have pointed out will be somewhat general. Sandy thanks for your feedback.

    @ Rachel. thnx for your feedback. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend.

  • I don’t agree with the last one. Abandonment is a very important skill to develop. I start things all the time to test and experiment, but I know my point of abandonment. I’m never scared to shed a project or pursuit that no longer has a potential to provide value to my life or others.

    Why bang your head on an unwise pursuit? Is it just to satisfy your ego? In some areas of life, that kind of thinking can get you killed (like diving or mountain climbing).

  • I think it’s possible to disagree with most of them, but the important thing is to take what speaks to you (as a challenge) and work on that…no one is perfect and no wisdom is perfect…

  • I love this. I found it on StumbleUpon as well and I think it’s great.
    The basic fundamentals to success.

  • Some really great stuff here. Everyone will connect with something in this list and will find inspiration. Thanks for uploading this to stumbled xx

  • some of these I’ve heard before and all pretty good. sel-love for me is to realize you’re just as good ,and not better than anyone else . don’t be a doormat, there are people who are controlling and like to push others around, say no thanks, and be your own best friend. Love yourself , not pride.

  • Good except for the work like hell one….being in the older generation let me say this…work smart — not hard…grinding it out 9-5 is for the sheeple..making others rich …

  • life is beautiful but very short so enjoy every bit of it. keep yourselves as ur priority and never let anyone or anything rule u. keep smiling :)

  • Stumbled in. Bookmarked. Subscribed.

    Two points: first of all, although the list is probably incomplete, it’s a -very- good start. Kudos. Second, could you drop some [print] CSS in here somewhere? I’d really like to print the post to put on the corkboard right in front of me without having to deal with all the comments and ads. The post is “a keeper.” TYIA

    @Sandy … the subtitle of the blog is “clever. confident. men.” This blog is focused on men. Contrary to popular opinion, not all of life is gender neutral.

  • Life lessons, WOW, we all need to read these from time to time, good advise. Well written, well done and thanks.

  • Forgotten on your list:

    Choose about 2 or 3 principles and follow them through diligently. It takes off the burden and provides the opportunity to measure real progress.

  • Sandy, this isn’t about gender. It never said manly, it said “a wise man”. That doesn’t mean a wise woman wouldn’t share these things.

  • In this busy world of rushing around, sometimes there are not enough hours in the day and we have forgotten to do some little but important things and loose sight of where we are heading, lists like this are a good reminder of things that should have been done all a long. Am going to print and notice board it, thanks for posting.

  • @ Mikey – Busy, Busy, Busy, Sometimes I need small and easy to remember messages to stay focused with what’s important. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Simply thanks Alvin! Of course there are things that can be improved in what you wrote, but hey man! You just did a beautiful job, and have had very positive impact in many!
    I passed the link to my children!

  • Hi Alvin,

    A super list here. Over explaining and asking for help are two sticklers for me. Recently I’ve made big strides in each department as I seek less for other’s approval and ask more for other’s insight.

    Thanks for sharing your insight and have a wonderful day.

    Ryan Biddulph

  • Heya,
    Found you through Stumbleupon! Very cool post and love the blog too!

    I think the first point is the best. Nobody is perfect. Don’t place people on pedestals. Even the most talented and most gorgeous people in this world have their flaws.

    Have a great day!

  • I think the same way and agree not to take life too seriouly.. Just enjoy life and I do my best in any situation I find myself in…and grow form me.

  • Great post.

    Short and sweet.

    I think everyone has a few points that they can take a lot form here.

    You should own your life and what you make of it yourself and this is a great list of ways to do so.

    “it is one thing to brainstorm and another to act”


  • For me, the most important list item is “Play the hand you were dealt” because it’s about learning how to live your life authentically. Running away from challenges never works, because they keep popping up until you deal with them. I know this from experience, being a former very clever (I thought) escape artist myself. You’d think I’d know better, being a numerologist, but I am also human, and humans are subject to human nature.

  • i’m glad i’ve found your site on stumble upon. I really need some advice and motivation as a student, and I found out that your site give more than I want.

    thanks for the inspiration, and keep inspiring people!

    (sorry for any grammar error. i’m not good in english)

  • Yes these are very empowering points, good stuff. Especially important in my opinion is discovering who you are and embracing what you are rather than begrudging what you are not.

  • OK list, but some of the items are adding unnecessary stress to one’s life.

    No, you should not finish everything you start. Sometimes this is an exercise in futility.

    I could go on but I’ll just say this list is exceptionally hard to stick to, if a person even CAN.

  • I would add something like: Accept help if you need it. Or rather ask for help even though it might be embarrassing at first. Be able to share problems and don’t let them work you up inside. Learn to be able to be weak.