50 Things I’ve Learned in 50 years by Eric Zorn

I don’t post many (if any) none picture posts, but I really liked what Eric Zorn wrote, and I wanted to share it. Zorn is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, who also turned 50 last week. So he decided to share with everyone 50 things he’s learned over the past 50 years. Some of them guide, some of them inspire, and some of them even haunt him still. My favorites are as follows:

6. The most valuable thing to have is a good reputation, and it’s neither hard nor expensive to acquire one: Be fair. Be honest. Be trustworthy. Be generous. Respect others.

12. Keeping perspective is the greatest key to happiness. From a distance, even a bumpy road looks smooth.

21. Fear of failure is a ticket to mediocrity. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not pushing yourself. And if you’re not pushing yourself, you’re coasting.

39. All the stuff you have lying around that you’ll never want, need, wear or look at again? It just makes it harder to find what you do want, need or intend to wear. File it, donate it or throw it out.

49. Whatever your passion, pursue it as though your days were numbered. Because they are.

Be sure to read the rest of the list over on his blog, it’s definitely worth it.


January 15, 2008