When you turn 30…

I turned 30 last Thursday.  I was born 30 years ago in 1977 at the Hong Kong Saint Paul Hospital. I was an 8 ½ lbs healthy baby with big eyes.     



30 years later.  I am sitting on my couch at my apartment in San Francisco.  Thinking.  Reflecting. 

Three decades is not a short time.  Assume that I will live until 100 years old; I still have 70 more years to go.  What can I do to make my next 70 years even greater than my past 30 years?  What did I learn from this past 30 years?   

Here are 30 lessons learned that really resonate with me:

  • You don’t have to be perfect to be great.
  • The greatest gift you can give yourself is to do what you really love.
  • The greatest gift you can give your love ones is your attention.
  • You can do almost everything if you really want to do it.
  • Trust your gut feeling.  You know you the best.
  • Just because most people are not willing to commit doesn’t mean you can’t.
  • Decide what you really want.  Go and get it.
  • Not everyone is ready to receive what you have to offer.  When they are ready, give them the best and everything you’ve got.
  • Anything worthwhile takes time, commitment and energy.
  • Money is a byproduct of your contribution to the world.
  • Other people’s business is none of your business.
  • Focus.
  • You have full control and responsibility of your own happiness.
  • It is okay to make mistakes.
  • Love and accept who you are. 
  • It is not always about you.
  • Smile.
  • Unknown doesn’t mean it is risky.  Known doesn’t mean it is the best.
  • It is not the best use of your time to do everything yourself.
  • You can’t enjoy the wealth unless you have the health.
  • Just because things are hard doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
  • Everything in life that is easy now was once hard.
  • As Yoda would say:  “Try you mustn’t’ do you must.”
  • Opportunities are everywhere when you are ready for it.
  • Stop saying you can’t if you really want it.
  • Dream.  You owe it to yourself.
  • It is okay to be afraid.  Just don’t let it stop you.
  • Who cares about what other people think?   What do you think?
  • You can look like or act like Bill Gates, but you don’t think like Bill Gates.  You can never be Bill Gates.
  • Change is a good thing.  If nothing changes, nothing changes.

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