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  • Chris Mads

31 things I've learned

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

I'm turning 31 today. I figure in the last three decades I must have learned something useful on top of the multitude of interesting but somewhat impractical academia. So here goes, I am going to get all Baz Luhrmann on my experiences and see what I can come up with.

  1. Take responsibility for your actions

  2. Always carry cash

  3. Don’t take flowers to a first date

  4. Worrying achieves nothing

  5. It is better to be told to "stop" than "go"

  6. Get out of your comfort zone

  7. If in doubt, dress up

  8. Always jump into the pool

  9. “It seemed like a good idea” is all the reason you need

  10. Reply to messages

  11. Introduce yourself at the first given opportunity – first impressions last

  12. Look people in the eye

  13. If you do not need the seat on a busy train then stand up

  14. Walk roadside

  15. Learn to say “I don’t know” when you don’t know

  16. Always have an escape plan

  17. Find your anchors

  18. At the dinner table: hat off and phone away

  19. Keep clean

  20. The fact someone said something does not make it true – do your own research

  21. Someone who disagrees with you is not necessarily stupid

  22. Try to be the person you needed when you were younger

  23. Always learn their name

  24. People are stupid

  25. Be polite to both the doorman and the CEO

  26. You can’t always be proven right and keep the peace, learn to work out which is required

  27. Not knowing is not always wrong but it is rarely funny

  28. Don't cancel important plans by text

  29. If a busker makes you stop then you owe them money

  30. Always pack a spare shirt and underwear

  31. Enjoy it


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