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Thirty Seven

For the past three years, I’ve been writing these lists on my birthday of things that I’ve learned in the past year. You can read Thirty Six, Thirty Five and Thirty Four if you’d like. I’ve seen a lot more of these lists pop up recently and I’ve seen some rebuffs towards them as being ridiculous. I don’t pretend to think I have all this wisdom and it is my duty to bestow it on you, the reader. These lists are for me to look back on one day and enjoy. Perhaps you might enjoy them too.

  • Real change can only happen from the inside. You need to find someone who can pull an inside job.
  • I used to worry about the tools I needed to do the job. Now I just do the job with the tools I have.
  • Skinny jeans actually don’t look half bad on me.
  • So few people get deep. Maybe it’s because there is no app for getting deep with someone.
  • To overcome envy or jealousy, both of which will ruin you, try complimenting that person instead.
  • I like reporting the news.
  • Love the creator, not the creation.
  • It’s not about the activity, it’s about the people you are with.
  • Out of sight is out of mind, but not out of heart.
  • Dressing nicer at work makes me work smarter.
  • Cars are a waste of money.
  • I’d love a new ride.
  • I have Enough.
  • If given the chance, I will unintentionally kill the lawn.
  • The person you think dresses like a dork, thinks the same thing about you.
  • Some of my best friends I have met online.
  • No permits, no regulators, no oversight committee. The internet is the wild west.
  • The secret to having a nice body isn’t at the gym, it’s at your dinner table.
  • If you don’t captures your child’s attention, someone else will.
  • Seed time and harvest is as sure as sunrise and sunset. Give of your time and money and you will have a bumper crop.
  • I still think like I did when I was 21, I just know better now.
  • A democracy can’t work in an uneducated society.
  • The public education system is failing our children.
  • Don’t underestimate mental confidence.
  • The startup world is exactly like that episode of Seinfeld, Bizarro World.
  • Seek experiences, not materials. (Thanks, Naz)
  • Real, authentic community demands intentional, sacrificial behavior.
  • It’s easy to get lost in self sufficiency and in doing so miss out on the gift of humanity.
  • I think I would have made a great frontman for a band.
  • It’s difficult for me to empathize with others, something I’m working on.
  • Say hello to a stranger on the street, it brightens their day.
  • I still don’t “get” Arcade Fire.
  • I don’t understand how Jesus loves me.
  • Success is so fleeting, find joy in everyday life.
  • Beware of kids with older siblings. They hear the darndest things.
  • Writing on TV shows has never been better.
  • I have survived this long without Facebook. I can do anything.

Article Credit

  1. Author: Noah Stokes
  2. Date Published: January 11, 2014

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