“If life were predictable it would cease to be life and be without flavor.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is unpredictable since I had my own share of downfalls and setbacks having been cheated by my own relatives apart from having knowledge about life from real life and books. Life teaches many lessons that books don’t offer. However, observing others and learning lessons from them is better than learning lessons from personal experiences because a wise person learns lessons from others’ mistakes whereas a foolish person learns from own mistakes. At the end of the day, everyone makes mistakes and becomes a fool. But how you learn lessons and apply them to avoid further mistakes is more important.

Approach Toward Your Life

How you approach life says a lot about who you are and what your value system is. Most people act only when things fall into place. However, a few people set their goals, take things forward to accomplish their goals. They manage external distractions with their internal locus of control to excel as extraordinary achievers and leaders.

11 Life Lessons to Learn

Everyday is an experience. People come across many things and many people depending on their profession and commitments. There are many things to learn in daily life. The collections of daily events and activities become lessons in life. Instead of keeping the lessons with them, it is better to share with others to benefit them. People learn from others’ experiences and take appropriate precautions to avoid mistakes. In some cases, people take others as inspiration and overcome their challenges. Here are 11 life lessons everyone must learn to avoid mistakes to lead a happy life.

  1. Life is not a cakewalk.
    It is full of peaks and valleys.
  2. Don’t take success for
    granted. Ensure that success doesn’t go to your head. Be level headed.
  3. Don’t trust others
    blindly. Stay away from sycophants.
  4. Save money for a rainy
    day. Keep financial reserves ready in the pipeline.
  5. Focus on your core
    competencies instead of entering into unknown areas to avoid burning your
    fingers. At times, known devil is better than an unknown angel.
  6. Don’t make emotional
    decisions. Be analytical and logical when you make your decisions. Use
    your head, heart and gut to make your decisions wisely.
  7. Success brings many fake
    friends while failures bring a few true friends.
  8. Handling success is easy
    while handling failures is difficult.
  9. Bounce back from
    failures instead of brooding over them.
  10. Hire a coach or mentor
    to seek professional advice.
  11. Be a giver, not a taker.


“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” —Walter Hagen

You must approach your life with a positive, right and strong attitude despite challenges. Learn lessons from others and from your own experiences. Move forward in life without brooding over your unpleasant experiences and events. Life is short and make it sweet. Humans propose while God disposes. To conclude, life is not a cakewalk. Enjoy every moment of your life without any regrets on your deathbed. Life is great!

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” —Maya Angelou

Life is great!

Professor M.S. Rao

Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India

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