We’re all human, we all make mistakes. As we progress through our lives, we often reflect on the years we’ve left behind and past choices that still affect us today. Even as I find success as the CEO of Empower Network, I can recall a memory or two that makes me cringe just a little bit. Jessica Stillman wrote a blog post in which she lists the common regrets people voice once they reach their 30s. Whether her observations apply to you or someone you know, consider these points when making decisions regarding your life and career:
1. Don’t neglect your loved ones for work. Overworking makes people miss out on building meaningful relationships. Instead, find a balance between the two and make time for fun – this something we believe very strongly at Empower Network. When it comes to spending quality time with family and friends, take advantage of those moments. Remember: your relationships will outlast your career.
2. When payday comes around, it’s hard not to imagine all the things you want to spend your money on. Though it makes luxury items accessible, don’t let money become an excuse that tethers you to a job you don’t like. People often find themselves in jobs they don’t enjoy but choose to stay because of the salary. This keeps them from pursuing their true passions because they’ve become accustomed to a certain lifestyle. The thing is, as I’ve said before, if you find work you enjoy, you’ll never have to work a day in your life! Follow your dreams and pursue your ideal goals. As the old saying goes, “Money can’t buy happiness.”
3. Don’t follow the life plan everyone else follows and don’t pressure yourself to, either. An example Stillman offered in her blog post concerned a young woman who said she was told that buying a house would equal happiness, but she didn’t feel the happiness she thought she would. Stillman encourages people instead to listen to themselves, search for opportunities and ignore generic expectations. Life never goes as planned and there is no script that anyone is obligated to follow.
Even if you’ve made these mistakes in the past, it’s not too late to change. If you haven’t, continue to avoid them. Life is too short to let priceless moments pass you by. So go out and grab a cup of coffee with a friend, put down your phone at the dinner table and start working toward your life goals.
What are some of the most valuable life lessons you’ve learned along the way? I’d love to hear about them!
– Jonathan Cronstedt is the CEO of Empower Network, LLC. Empower Network is a leading affiliate marketing and direct sales company that’s helping tens of thousands enjoy the “Empowered Lifestyle.” Jonathan enjoys travel, spending time with his wife and red wine.