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10 Ultimate Lessons I Have Learnt In 2013


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  1. Think First: No matter the song on the guitar, no matter its difficulty, you can always find an easy tab to work with. The same goes for most things in life. If you pause and reflect for a moment, there’s usually a simpler way to approach it.
  2. Luck Matters: Luck plays a significant role, especially in your career. Building a good relationship with your boss is akin to leverage – it can sometimes make life 100 times easier. Remember, first impressions last, and reputations last even longer. Both are hard to change, be they good or bad. No matter what’s said, people judge. Never forget that.
  3. Last-Minute Revisions: While it’s tempting and often seems inevitable to pull off last-minute revisions, it typically doesn’t yield the best results. Last-minute cramming might get you a 2:2. Recalling an entire year’s material might earn you a 2:1, but truly understanding it can secure you a first-class grade.
  4. Books are Your Best Friends: There’s an answer to everything in books. You just need to keep reading (or search for the right title).
  5. Managing Finance: Eating out every day is the quickest way to spend money in London. Never manage finances using just your bank balance. Your balance can be misleading, often reflecting transactions from a few days prior. A woman’s wallet, sized 20cm x 10cm x 5cm, can be downsized to 10 essential items fitting into a cardholder measuring 5cm x 4cm x 2cm.
  6. Helping People: If you’ve been there for many, there will be others ready to support you in return. However, the favor doesn’t often come from the same individual, nor immediately. There are many who’ll reach out after years of silence, only when they need assistance. Help them if you can, but set boundaries. Overcommitting can be detrimental. As the Joker says, “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”
  7. Avoid Toxic Relationships: Steer clear of relationships that pull you down, distress you, your loved ones, or seem directionless. Life is too short to waste on those who don’t value you as you value them.
  8. Christmas: Most places, including Chinatown and Chinese supermarkets, are closed on Christmas Day. An exception? Indian restaurants. You can also order Indian takeaway online during the wee hours on regular days. (Tried and tested.)
  9. Sports – Golf as a Life Analogy: Golf can be likened to life. The more relaxed your hand is when hitting the ball, the farther it travels. While being focused and competitive can get you closer to your goals, hitting the most meaningful targets is what truly counts. A good golfer possesses a vivid imagination, envisioning each shot before making it. This mirrors life, where achieving greatness requires envisioning your journey. No golfer can hit effectively, let alone control the ball’s direction, without perfect balance and a tranquil mind. In golf, as in life, two kinds of people are pivotal to success: a trusted advisor and someone who manages the backstage, providing unwavering support.
  10. In Conclusion: The most valuable asset a person can have is self-awareness: the capacity to self-criticize, genuinely recognize weaknesses, and act on them. Always remember the 3A rule: the gap between ambitions and achievements is bridged by actions.

2013 was a rewarding year, but 2014 has the potential to surpass it.

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Written by Mai Le

My name is Mai. I am originally from Vietnam. After my university years at LSE, I worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. After a wonderful time there, I started several of my own business as well as helping others on theirs. I've always been building communities and businesses for as long as I can remember, and absolutely thrilled to see others enjoy what I've built.



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