Saturday, October 20, 2012

Things I've learned along the way

I may have posted some of these things before, but here's some of the major things I've learned in my first 50 years:

  • Never be afraid to ask for help.  You can't do everything by yourself, sometimes you need help.  It's not a sign of weakness to ask, it's a sign of stupidity to not seek it when you need it.
  • Never do business with anyone who won't look you in the eye, who uses a Jesus fish in their print ads, or who tells you they are a Christian within 30 seconds of meeting them.  All three of those groups of people will fuck you over in a heartbeat.
  • The people closest to you are often the most toxic.  And by the 'people closest to you' I mean your family. Sometimes it's best to cut them loose and ignore their bullshit.
  • Never get your car worked on at an auto repair shop that has the word 'Budget' in it's name. 
  • Never do car or home repairs on the cheap, always pay to get the job done right the first time.
  • It's okay to ignore some people when you're out in public.  
  • Doing the right thing and doing what your religion asks of you are most often not the same thing.  
  • If other people can make you happy, then they can make you unhappy.  Be happy for yourself, not for others.
  • Don't go to college or go into a certain field of employment because others want you to, go to college or a particular field of employment because you want to.
  • If you're guy who is living on your own, buy the least expensive household items (dishes, silverware, pots and pans) you can get because when you meet a woman and you move in together, she's going to make you get rid of what ever you have.  So there's no need to buy the best if you're just going to get rid of it.
  • Don't be a lazy whiny dick, learn how to cook, how to do laundry, how to change a flat tire, how to mow a lawn, how to do minor toilet repairs, and how to install a door knob.
  • Never be afraid to tell someone you don't know something, especially if you're doing business with them.  There is no way you can know everything and people will more often than not respect you for you honesty.  And if they claim that you should know everything, then don't do business with idiots like that.


Mnmom said...

Great words if wisdom. And 50 is the new awesome.

K.Line said...

Very wise, Monkey. Happy birthday!

Life As I Know It Now said...

Very true! Especially that part about the dishes, ;)

Happy birthday to you! Many more too!

Brewella Deville said...

I like your advice. I'm still trying to drill the "don't do car repairs on the cheap" into Puddles' head. He's the king of duct tape and cheap leak stoppers.

Lisa Golden said...

This is a great list. I'm glad you made it to 50 considering the odds you were up against.

Bill Morgan said...

Wise words Dr. Monkey. Happy Half Century! Here's to 50 more!

Caffeinated Joe said...

Good stuff, and all true. :)