Much of what I read/see/absorb sort of loses its significance and falls away over time. But each time I revisit Stefan Sagmeister’s Things I have learned in my life so far, (from way back in 2006) it resonates even more.
1. Helping other people helps me.
2. Having guts always works out for me.
3. Thinking that life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
4. Organising a charity group is surprisingly easy.
5. Being not truthful always works against me.
6. Everything I do always comes back to me.
7. Assuming is stifling.
8. Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
9. Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted.
10. Money does not make me happy.
11. My dreams have no meaning.
12. Keeping a diary supports personal development.
13. Trying to look good limits my life.
14. Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
15. Worrying solves nothing.
16. Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
17. Everybody thinks they are right.
18. If I want to explore a new direction professionally, it is helpful to try it out for myself first.
19. Low expectations are a good strategy.
20. Everybody who is honest is interesting.
Sagmeister wrote this when he was 44. I'm 44. Money does not make me happy either.
Perhaps creatives move through a pretty similar sequence of developmental stages as they get older? What's the next stage? Sagmeister is now 52, and has continued his study of happiness, but looking at these infographics, I can't help feeling like he's heading into a deep black hole.