This is what I learned about life as a manager in bullet points:
A) A life is measured in decades.
Every one wants happiness, love, money, connections, everything yesterday. Me too. I call it "getting sick." I feel often I can cover a certain emptiness inside if only...if only...I have X.
But a great life is like the heat of a bonfire. It builds slowly, and because it's slow and warm it grows the heart instead of destroying it.
B) A life is measured by what you do TODAY, even right now.
This is the opposite of "A" but the same. You get success in decades by having success now.
That doesn't mean a lot of cash now. It means, "Are you doing your best today?"
Everyone works at physical health, improving their friendships and connections with others, being creative, being grateful, being apathetic every day.
For those that don't, they quickly "get sick", depressed, anxious, fearful. They have to change their lives. When they make that change, universally every one has said to me, "that's when it all started."
C) Focus is not important, but change is (reinvention).
Very few people have a single career. And for every career, it's never exactly what they need.
When you have focus, it's like saying, "I'm just going to learn about only one thing forever." But "change" is the ability to get up every day, open up the shades, and jerk through all the things that make you want to hit the snooze button.
Even if it means redefining careers 10 times. Or changing your life completely. Just pushing forward to create a little more life inside yourself.
Tony Robins said:
"Compound life is much more powerful than compound interest."
D) Give without contimplating what you will receive.
I don't think I have spoken to a single successful person who believed in setting personal goals. But 100% of them wanted to solve a problem for every one else.
It doesn't matter how you give, or how much each day. But everyone wants to give and soon they also recieve.
The outside world is a mirror of what you have on the inside. If Thomas Edison viewed his 999 attempts at creating a lightbulb a failure then he would've given up. His inside was curious. His inside viewed his "attempts" as experiments. Then he did #1000. Now we can see in the dark.
Tony Robbins lost everything when his marriage ended, but he came back by coaching thousands of people.
It's how you view the life inside you that creates the life outside of you. Every day.