Everything we do in life is a choice — most of us realize that. Everything we don’t do is also a choice. Every day we choose to do the same things that hardly move us closer to the real-life we want.
If the quality of our lives is shaped by the choices we make, and those we don’t make, then the secret of making wise choices is to live by core principles. A lot has been written about the principles for a meaningful and happy life for centuries. In his book, Ray Dalio, billionaire investor, hedge fund manager, philanthropist said, “Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behaviour that gets you what you want out of life. They can be applied again and again in similar situations to help you achieve your goals.
Here are a few basic tenets of life :
- Make Playlists. I know, I know this seems silly, but trust me on this one, make playlists. A playlist to help you sleep and a playlist to calm you down at 3am when the walls around you seem to be crumbling. Make playlists, because sometimes there won’t be people around to remind you of who you are, to remind you how strong you are, to tell you to put the razor blade down. And the thing is the music might. But more importantly, it will remind you of who you are, it will remind you of the sunny Sunday morning when you spent hours compiling it, it will remind you that darkest is only temporary, that tears dry, that you know how to smile, that you love to smile.
- Learn how to write cover letters well, really well. Write a great CV. Take your time. Formatting is important. Use spell check and punctuation and for the love of God use a decent font. Always come 15 minutes early for interviews. Have a spare pair of tights in your bag. Do not drink coffee on the way. When asked about your flaws, do not say you’re a perfectionist, there is nothing employees hate more. No one cares about that play you were in, in 10th grade and the three guitar chords you kind of know. Always read the company profile. Be informed. Do not lie. Admit when you don’t know something. Ask for instructions again if you don’t understand. Do more that you are required, workplace is not school, there is no limit to what you can achieve.