Things I Have Learned in My Life So far.

I’ve chosen a TED Talk for my first post of things I recommend. Not very original, but the content is really interesting and the talk is one of the short ones… so if you’ve got 5 minutes, use them in getting to know graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister.

A whole typographical experiment was inspired by one of Sagmaister’s journal pages. During his talk, he explains how he expresses simple and clear messages through creative ways that play with design and perception.

Design is the star of his presentation. But I’d like you to read the list that inspired it all. Maybe it can inspire us as well. Here it is:

Things I have learned in my life so far:

  • Helping other people helps me.
  • Having guts always works out for me.
  • Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. i have to live now.
  • Starting a charity is surprisingly easy
  • Being not truthful works against me.
  • Everything i do always comes back to me.
  • Assuming is stifling.
  • Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
  • Over time i get used to everything and start taking for granted.
  • Money does not make me happy.
  • Travelling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.
  • Keeping a diary supports personal development.
  • Trying to look good limits my life.
  • Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
  • Worrying solves nothing.
  • Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
  • Actually doing the things I set out to do increases my overall level of satisfaction.
  • Everybody thinks they are right.
  • Low expectations are a good strategy.
  • Whatever I want to explore professionally, it’s best to try it out for myself first.
  • Everybody who is honest is interesting.

Watch the TED talk.
Watch more talks by Sagmeister.