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25 Things I Learned in 25 Years

February 18, 2011 by Joey Vaillancourt · 6 Comments 

Well, today is my official 25th birthday!

A lot to look back on and I felt like writing a top 25 life lessons I learned in the last 25 years. I wonder what I will learn in the next 25?

Be sure to comment at the bottom about which one you like best, if you have your own life lesson or anything at all!

  1. Take chances! Even if they don’t bring you to where you want to be exactly, they can still lead to great outcomes.
  2. Make mistakes. Mistakes are not necessarily a bad thing as long as you learn from them. My mistakes led me to where I am today and I am thankful for them.
  3. When it comes to friends it is not about having more than you need. Instead, I find it better to have fewer friends of higher quality and compassion.
  4. Family is #1. Take the time to stay in touch and connect with your family as much as possible.
  5. Be grateful. Life is truly a blessing so be thankful for everything in it.
  6. Live for yourself. Life is too short to try and please everyone or do what other people want you to do. Start doing things you want to do.
  7. Always be there for people when they need it. You never know when you will be in the same position and need help as well.
  8. Research will only take you so far. In the end, go with your gut and be confident in your decision. That confidence will build with every decision you make and eventually they become easier to make.
  9. People who criticize, mock or talk behind your back are often hypocritical and insecure with their own capabilities and they need to project upon someone else to make themselves feel better. Get even when you can, but other times don’t let it get to you and never get involved in idle gossip
  10. It is better to believe in yourself and backup your ideas even when they are wrong rather than always agree with others.
  11. Forgive others and forgive yourself.
  12. Be respectful towards others; say thanks, be courteous and respect only those who respect you.
  13. Never take advantage of others.
  14. Possessions and materials do not make you who you are…but sometimes it’s ok to treat yourself to some toys.
  15. The people you surround yourself with will have an effect on how you live your life; surround yourself with positive people who bring out the best in you and avoid the people who bring you down.
  16. Be proud of who you are regardless of other’s opinions.
  17. Taking pride in your accomplishments is a good thing. Boasting and bragging is a bad thing. Being humble is often an envious character trait. A real man doesn’t need to make his accomplishments known to others. The real hero is the person who does a selfless act and never speaks a word of it to any other person.
  18. Setting goals and deadlines is a very effective way to get things done and to move forward in your life.
  19. Living your life doesn’t mean staying at home, saving money, putting off trips or living for ‘retirement’. Nothing is promised in life so you better start actually living your life.
  20. It’s better to take imperfect action than to wait for the time when everything will be perfect. It may never happen and nothing can ever be perfect. Take action, correct mistakes and continue moving.
  21. Your body is your one vessel to live in during this lifetime; take the time to relax, exercise, eat right and stay in shape.
  22. Getting out of your comfort zone is the key to self growth. Baby steps will help you overcome fear, objections and help you improve and reach new levels to work from.
  23. Just because the vast majority of people are doing something, does not make it right! Cheating on your spouse, scamming people, bad driving, disrespectful people and any other so called societal norm is NOT the norm! The actions you take make you the person you are. Dare to be different and never conform to others standards!
  24. Take a stand. Don’t let others push you around or get away with things that are blatantly wrong. Chances are there are others who are too fearful to do it themselves and they will thank you for it either directly or they will be thinking it.
  25. Your word is your bond. If you say you are going to do something or make a promise, you better do it or live up to your word one way or another. Trust is hard to earn and even harder to get back.



6 Responses to “25 Things I Learned in 25 Years”
  1. Vince Vince says:

    Happy Birthday bro!. Your programs ROCK.

  2. Jim Jim says:

    Happy Birthday Joey! I’m 23 right now and I hope in two years I can get my physique close to what you look like in that beastly picture up there. ^

  3. Joey Vaillancourt Joey Vaillancourt says:

    Thanks Vince! I learned from the best :)

  4. Joey Vaillancourt Joey Vaillancourt says:

    Thanks! and thanks for the compliment my friend, Im sure you will get there.

  5. shafayat shafayat says:

    good one mate!!

  6. Jack Jack says:

    Hey Joey im 17 and i look a little bit bigger than you when you were 16 but like you i eat healthy train at home but see little results is it my age and i hope to look like you at 25 thanks

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