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Life lessons are full of wisdom because often times they have to be learned the hardest way. Some of these lessons come from experience, yet there are others that we learn watching others or reading in books for example.

However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever.

No matter how much we learn from the books there is a significant difference between practical and theoretical experience. Furthermore, there are many life lessons that we simply cannot learn until we face certain situations in our life.

I’ve gathered up top 7 lessons you should learn now, before it’s too late!

Lesson 1: Life Is Short

Here’s the thing: Life is too short to put up with a job you hate or a boss who demeans you. Many people convince themselves that they can put up with a job or career situation that makes them unhappy because they need the income, because they don’t know if they can find another job, or for some other reason. But the truth is none of us knows how long we have on this earth, and spending too much of it in a bad situation will only make you miserable and regretful.

Lesson 2: Good things don’t come easy

If you want to have a good life with a successful career, emotional satisfaction, and trustworthy friends you have to work hard. Luck can take you only so far and the rest is entirely up to you, the amount of effort you put in every day, and the ability to learn from your mistakes. Don’t think for a moment that someone else is going to fight your battles with the same vigor and devotion as you would.

Lesson 3: Do what you love

Most people do not get to spend their lives doing whatever it is they love. Instead, they do what they are told they should do, or what their parents, teachers, church or friends suggest that they do. Or they simply pursue nothing close to their heart at all. But if you want to “do what you love,” you need to see that as a privilege, not an expectation. Those people are not the majority. So if that’s what you truly want, you have to put in the work now.

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Lesson 4: Never stop Learning

The saying; “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, is absolutely false. With the rate at which technologies are changing today, if you decide that you are “done” learning, you will be left behind within a matter of years, if not sooner. You will never wake up and regret having invested in your mind by learning something new.

Lesson 5: Failure is not final.

If you give up when you fail, you’ll never learn anything. Instead, look at failure as an opportunity, as the beginning of a new journey. If you do, you’re much more likely to try again and succeed at something else.

Lesson 6: Our everyday habits form our future selves.

What you do today is one more action toward who you will be tomorrow. When that action is replicated over the course of a week, you begin to scratch the surface of change. When that action is replicated over the course of a month, you begin to notice a slight difference. When that action replicated over the course of a year, or two years, or five years, you may no longer recognize yourself–you will have changed, in that particular way, completely. Do not underestimate the power of each and every small habit, replicated over time. For good or bad, your habits determine who you will ultimately become.

Lesson 7: Your emotions take practice.

When we think about practice, we often talk in terms of skill. You practice playing football or you practice learning how to solve a math problem. But the thing is, who you are emotionally also takes practice. You can practice humility, you can practice forgiveness. You can practice self-awareness and humor, just as easily as you can practice anger, resentment, drama, and conflict. Who you are, emotionally, is a reflection of the things you consciously or unconsciously practice. You were not “born” upset. You have merely practiced that emotion far more than you have, say, joy.

In the End,

It is your life, you alone have the power to change its destiny. What do you want to achieve? Are you happy? Are you where you need to be? These are crucial questions we should ask ourselves each day.

Many times we put off our happiness. We say, “I’ll be happy when I get that job, when I lose that weight, when I’m in a relationship, when I’m out of a relationship…” and so on. But we can choose to be happy. Happiness is a habit and a choice. No matter what your situation is, if you can approach it with an attitude of happiness, you will be more successful.

The key takeaway here is you need to experience life in order to learn the lessons. Some of these lessons will be tough, but the harder they are, the more beautiful they’ll make life eventually be. Never let fear or worry hold you back, face every challenge with bravery and positivity and I guarantee you that all you want to achieve will no longer be a dream but a reality.

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