Education is important, it elevates your chances of success in life. However, there are certain things that school does not teach you.
Such things you learn on the trenches.
This is not to say school is not important, school gives you a critical foundation to build on but education does not end in the classroom.
These are certain things I wish I was told earlier in my career.
#1. It is Never As Good As You Think It Will Be.
“One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation,” says Dr. Thomas Gilovich,
Gilovich further states:
“We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them,”
Actually, savoring the anticipation or idea of a desired outcome is generally more satisfying than the outcome itself.
Once we get what we want, whether that’s wealth, health, or excellent relationships , we adapt and the excitement fades. That newness fades.
You desire an iPhone6, you work hard, save, or even get into debt in order to get it.
After 2 years of owning an iPhone6, you desire iPhone 7, you work hard, save, or even get into debt in order to get it and on goes the life of desire and chasing.
Often, the experiences we are seeking end up being underwhelming and even disappointing.
I love watching this phenomena in kids. They feel like they need a certain toy or the universe will explode.
Their whole world revolves around getting this one thing.
Yet, once I buy the toy for them, it is not long before the joy fades and they want something else.
What we want often gets in the way of what we already have.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not, remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
To be content does not mean that you don’t desire more, it means you are thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come.
Until you appreciate what you currently have more, you won’t make your life better.