Colin Bethea

Things that I've learned so far, and things that I'm still learning

Re-align yourself before you start the day.

> To be your own author, you have to remind yourself every single day.

Retain good safeguards in place to avoid mindless behavior.

> Fire your mindless self and reinstate your mindful self.

Focus on one task at a time.

> He who chases two rabbits, catches neither.

Control spending.

> Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.

All things in moderation.

> Everything in moderation, including moderation.

Always forgive people.

> Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

Sit on your ass and think.

> All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

Be mindful and steady.

> The world is designed to transfer wealth from the active to the patient.

Don’t make decisions, extrapolations, or judgments while you’re in a warped state of mind.

> There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

Don’t deprive yourself of rest; don’t go to bed too late; don’t get up too late.

> Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Don’t sit around and waste away.

> Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

Don’t let the urgent override the important.

> What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.

Don’t spend a whole day indoors; weather irrelevant.

> I make it a rule never to go to bed without having spent at least half an hour outdoors. It keeps me sane.

Don’t go a day without getting a little bit wiser.

> Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

Avoid any drink that isn’t water, wine, or coffee.

> I don’t drink anything that hasn’t stood the test of time. Two cups of coffee per day is one too many.

Avoid skills that aren’t worth learning; avoid experiences that aren’t worth having.

> The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say 'no' to almost everything.

Avoid rabbit holes and disengage before you get pulled in.

> It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.

Avoid being “on” all the time.

> Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.