25 Lessons I Learned in 25 Years // CEO in Progress

25 Lessons I’ve Learned in 25 Years

Today is my birthday. It’s weird how pumped we get about birthdays when you share it with like millions of other people, but it’s still my special day. And this year, I’m 25. It seems exciting, like I’ve passed the adulting tests, but not because it’s not like really anything happens. I think I can rent a car cheaper now, and my insurance should go down, but then again having those as my only justifications for why it’s cool also seems pretty lame.

But who cares! I’ve made it this far and that is something surely to celebrate.

Over the last 25 years, I’ve learned one or two things. I’ve gone through the I-know-nothing-phase. I’ve gone through the I-know-everything phase (my mom would say I’m still going through that). And I’ve definitely gone through the what-am-I-doing phase. There’s things I’m confident in, and things I’m confident I’m not confident in.

Looking back now though, here’s 25 lessons that have stood out to me as I’m blowing out the candles and acting like I’m still 6.

Don’t forget to shut off your curling iron in the morning.


Life is short, have the wine.


Don’t trust someone that can’t take a joke.


Read as everything and anything you can get your hands on.


Always be able to run a mile. The best stress reliever is pushing yourself to run.


25 Lessons I Learned in 25 Years // CEO in Progress


Trust yourself.


No one is actually watching you make a fool of yourself. They’re too concerned with making a fool of themselves.


The Office will never not be funny.


Look up from work and screens and remember to live in the now.


Give yourself a break, you will not always be perfect.


25 Lessons I Learned in 25 Years // CEO in Progress


No matter what, your body will always be there for you, so love it and treat it nicely.


Never say no to an adventure.


If you’re not sure if it’s appropriate, don’t wear it.


Things to always keep on you: bandaids, tissue, deodorant.


If you want it hard enough, you can make it to Hogwarts.


25 Lessons I Learned in 25 Years // CEO in Progress


Find a hobby that fills you up and you’re passionate about.


Buy less things, purchases won’t make you happy. Experiences will.


Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you know they’re dumb.


Find someone who surprises you and hold on tight.


Spend some serious time in the outdoors.


25 Lessons I Learned in 25 Years // CEO in Progress


You’re never too old for breakfast for dinner.


Always ask why.


Everyday, move forward.


Do some things that scare you, but won’t kill you.


Everyday, be thankful.


Thank you to all of those that have made these 25 years memorable, laughable, embarrassing and wonderful. Cheers to you and cheers to me!

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