Things Learned from Mom

1. It’s ok to be different. It’s ok to look different, act differently, follow different values and life rules for yourself.

2. Do your own taxes. Because if you have no idea how much you’ve made, or how much you’ve paid so far in taxes, but some stranger does, then you’ve just given up a little bit of your freedom.

3. Invest in yourself. This goes in terms of money as well as other things. Money-wise, invest in things that provide dividends, or makes a product that you use, and allow the power of compound interest to be on your side. In other things, invest in your own education, in taking care of yourself, getting enough sleep, and understanding your goals as well as how to get the next step done.

4. Be generous. If you can do something for someone else easily, do it. If you can do something for someone else, and it’s kind of a stretch, but still do-able, then do it.

5. Keep some reserves back, to be used strategically. It’s not always to your benefit to show all your cards. Maintain these tools well, so that when you do pull them out, they can cut with one swipe.

6. Treat older people and younger people with special consideration. If for nothing else than good karma. Appreciate the past and look forward to the future.

7. Buy quality stuff. Don’t go cheap on the things you rely on. Shoes, coats, timepieces, certain pieces of furniture, eyeglasses, skin care products, and kitchen knives fall in this category. 

8. Offer food, drink, and friendship to all who enter your door. Whether they are old guests or people you’ve never seen before.

9. Live simply. Do nothing beyond your means. Keep your possessions to a minimum (also see #7). Enjoy the free things in life.

10. Explore. Do new things, meet new people, go to new places. Even the places that are in your own town, but you’ve never been before, are included.


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