50 Things I Know

Last week I faced up to the reality that I really don’t know everything when I shared with you 50 things I don’t know. Now granted that I didn’t list everything I truly do not know. But one thing is for certain, if I had done so you would still be reading that list and I would still be writing it! Life is full of inconsistencies that you just can’t grasp. Sometimes you can solve them and sometimes they remain a complete mystery. But here’s the beauty part: there are many things I know! These are truths and practices that are simple and make life better every day, so please allow me to share. See if you agree and know them too!

50 Things I Know

50 Things I Know

  1. Hard work brings rewards. I know it’s not easy but if you consistently keep plugging away, you are likely to get where you want to be. Remember the tortoise won the race while the hare was goofing off.
  2. It feels good to save money. I do get the tingles when I see my saving rise or when I know I got a great deal. Even if it’s not the best deal ever, as long as I think it is, I’m happy.
  3. Having a goal is the first step in achieving a goal. Good planning will lead you to good results.
  4. Respect is something that is earned.
  5. Learn from your mistakes and you won’t repeat them.
  6. “Doing” is a lot more fun than “watching”. I love the excitement of making something happen and not being part of that, for me, is like watching paint dry. Sometimes you have to move out of your comfort zone for the real excitement to begin.
  7. Try it, you might just like it. And if you don’t, you’ll never know.
  8. Listening is more important than talking. Listening is a skill that will do you well. Many good ideas come from others, but too often it’s only our own voice that we hear.
  9. Keeping an open mind will lead you to success. Sometimes the right answer isn’t the most obvious.
  10. Make sure you have a plan B (and perhaps a plan C). Roadblocks in life will always appear so be prepared in case that “what if” scenario happens.
  11. Wasting time is a real waste of time. Time is the one thing we all have in limited supply, so don’t squander it.
  12. Money isn’t everything. Really! True wealth isn’t about money, it’s about fulfillment and happiness. Money usually comes along for the ride.
  13. You can always do better. Seek to improve and you’ll keep on feeling good about whatever it is you are doing.
  14. Success is out there if you look for it. It won’t come up to you, tap you on the shoulder and just present itself.
  15. There is more to life than just what happens today. Remember that every day presents new opportunities and new challenges.
  16. “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” That old phrase is sooo true! And really, I like lemonade. But if you don’t…When life gives you lemons
  17. You’ll never win the race if you don’t enter it. Sitting around and moaning about things won’t solve anything. Get up and put your track shoes on and you have a chance.
  18. Life just isn’t fair. Who ever said that it was?
  19. You should be a team player. Teamwork builds a bond that overcomes problems and promotes success.
  20. Competition can bring out the best in people. I perform better when I am challenged. Do you?
  21. You should remember the past, but create the future. We can learn from what went before and it will teach us how we can improve what comes next.
  22. Everyone has something to contribute. When everyone is included, the tasks are easier to do and everyone shares in the success.
  23. You need to believe in yourself to succeed.
  24. Optimism rubs off on others.
  25. If you don’t like something, then you need to change it. You can do something about the things you don’t like but sitting around complaining about it won’t get it done.
  26. You should never give up on what’s really important.
  27. Pay it forward if you can. Paying it forward is an unwritten rule, but when you follow it…it can grow exponentially.
  28. Always keep accurate records and notes. You never know when you’ll need them.
  29. Take some time to recharge your batteries.
  30. Make sure you read everything (front and back) before you sign it.
  31. Be honest with everyone.
  32. You can always learn something new.
  33. If you’re committed to eating and living healthy, you’ll have a huge advantage in life.
  34. You need to know when to fight the battle and when it’s just not worth it.
  35. Don’t let emotions cloud your goals.
  36. Always thank the people that help you make your successes.
  37. The cheap can sometimes turn out to be expensive. It’s always a good idea to seek out quality. You don’t want to replace the same things over and over.
  38. Always treasure your family and friends.
  39. Be on time for everything. Being late will quickly tarnish your reputation.
  40. Respect other cultures and traditions. We live in a global environment and we must learn to deal with all types of people and customs.
  41. A good sense of humor goes a long way.
  42. Don’t make excuses. Sometimes excuses only make matters worse. If you fail at something, own your mistake.
  43. Look people in the eyes when dealing with them.
  44. Respect our planet. Make sure that what we do is safe, non-toxic, and leaves behind as small a carbon footprint as is possible.
  45. The ladder of success is climbed one rung at a time. Be patient and learn as you go. The ladder will get you there in due time.
  46. You should deal with decision-makers directly. Do so whenever possible to make your pitch, and you cut to the chase.
  47. Always follow up on correspondence and return phone calls. We all get busy and it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks, but remember that someone has taken the time to communicate with you. Give them the response they deserve.
  48. There are multiple facets to success. Business and finances are just a part of it. Don’t ignore the rest.
  49. With apologies to the Rolling Stones, you can’t always get what you want, but you can try.
  50. It’s easier to remember the truth than to recall a lie.

Ok, I know these things like the back of my hand…and they work for me. Some of them I learned when I was younger, some when I was older. Some I learned from others, some I learned the hard way. But they’re all important to finding happiness and success in life.

Do you have any of these items on your list of the known? What else do you know that contributes to success?

Top image courtesy of pannawat at freedigitalphotos.net (with changes)
Third image courtesy of samarttiw at freedigitalphotos.net
Bottom image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti at freedigitalphotos.net


  1. You need to accept good enough. You can always try to make (incremental) progress in the future. But beating yourself up about what you can’t do right now will just drain your energy.

    Also, learn that nothing is perfect. So striving for it is generally the shortest path to recrimination and guilt. Both of which do absolutely nothing positive.

    Finally, if you let someone do something for you, you don’t get to complain if it’s not how you’d do it. As long as the thing doesn’t get horribly messed up, just be thankful you didn’t have to do it yourself.

  2. Sylvia @ Miss PF

    Great list! So true! Some that I found myself nodding my head to were…climbing the ladder of success one rung at a time (even though it may seem slow at times), returning phone calls or communication from someone, and re-charging your batteries. You don’t always have to be on-the-go!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Want to save even more?

Join our community today to get our weekly emails including blog posts, updates, saving tips, and more.