Learn what came before.
When I was a kid, I was very shy. I remember being at a party with a friend of mine and a few other kids I wasn’t close with. They were all making dumb, kid-type jokes with each other about some subject, who even remembers. Farts, probably. I was saying nothing because I was convinced I had nothing to contribute.
Bees don’t know how to make hexagons. When bees make honeycomb, they stand in one place and spin around in a circle building up a wall of wax around them. The surprisingly precise hexagons happen because that’s the shape a bunch of circles made of wax turn into when you smoosh them all together as tightly as possible.
It is an immutable law of humanity that some days will be good, and some days will be bad.
You can’t control what people say about you.
When I was young, I assumed that in order to be taken seriously you had to be precise. The best communication, I thought, was the communication which conveyed the most details.
The odds of getting anything done decrease exponentially with the number of people who have to agree with each other before you can get to work.
There may be no skill more critical and valuable than knowing how to build momentum. Getting it started is painful, but once it’s going, it becomes almost effortless.
Assume it’s a game. What’s your win condition? What’s their win condition? What can you do to move yourself closer to a win? Is there any scenario where you both win?
The great thing about being experienced practicing gratitude is that it’s one thing that nobody can ever take away from you. If you’re good at it, you can feel grateful no matter what else is happening in the world around you. It’s a skill that will last forever, and it literally always applies.