1. There comes a time in every person’s life when it’s time to grow up. Usually that time is right after college… most people miss that deadline, I know I did. Growing up sucks, but you have to do it. Get a job, find a place to live, build a budget, save for retirement, and eat a PB&J with the crust on… those are the steps to growing up.
2. Don’t be a douche. Being pretentious might be cool when you’re… well, actually being pretentious is never cool. Quit. If you don’t think you’re pretentious, but all of your friends are, then you’re a douche.
3. Take Chances. Once you “grow up” you think that everything will be settled in… you’re wrong. Without some risk taking, you’re dead. Take some chances, risk something, do something awesome.
4. You can’t have too much of a good thing. There’s an old Alan Jackson song that says too much of a good thing is a good thing… I think it’s true. If you find something that’s good, good for you, and not hurting anyone, then go get it, and get it a lot. Why not?
5. Have a thing. Barney’s thing is suits/banging chicks. Have a thing. Have a hobby. I have a few hobbies – watching football, playing fantasy football, playing videogame football… ok, it’s mostly football, but you get the point. Having a hobby/thing is a good stress reliever. Barney might have the ultimate stress reliever in his hobby though… us married guys don’t get that luxury.
6. Make work fun. I never really liked working. I drove a forklift in high school; that was fun for like an hour… sadly I worked there 6 years. I got a job working on computers and making forecasting models in excel; that was fun for like a week… sadly I’ve worked in that for 7 years. You have to work; whether you work for someone or yourself, it’s still work. If you don’t enjoy part of it, it will kill you. Find a way to make work fun.
7. Before you try something new by the seat of your pants, try to understand the basics. If you’re thinking of starting a new business, try to learn some lead generation and marketing tactics. If you’re thinking of flying a plane, take some lessons. If you’re thinking of running for president just call everyone a derogatory nickname (wait, Donald Trump isn’t the president). No matter what you’re doing, or planning on doing, try to understand the basics first. If all else fails, serve the hotties.
8. Just like understanding the basics, you also have to understand that things happen in an order. The old adage “walk before you run” is a little dated, but it’s true. If you want a promotion at work, you first have to do awesome work in your current job. If you want a hotter girlfriend, you first have to get rid of your current girlfriend (usually). If you want to stop being dumb in your finances, you first have to read all of my blog posts (and the blog posts of much smarter people).
9. You have to save money. It’s the law… fine, it’s not the law, but it’s important. You need spending money, you need bills money, and you need to save money. Staying home is a genius way to save money (just don’t stay home from work… that’s counterproductive)
10. Believe in something. I believe in God. I learn scripture. I believe God is a great thing to believe in. But if you don’t believe in God, ok for you. But you have to believe in something. Maybe you believe in money, maybe you believe in your company, maybe you believe in your family. No matter what it is, you have to believe in something…
11. No one really wants what they tell you they want. Navigating corporate politics is very simple- Perception is reality. If the company perceives you as a bold risk-taker, but 99% of the time you end up “falling in line” you’ll be accepted and possibly rewarded. I know that this is a very pessimistic view on working in business and I also know that it’s not always true… but it’s sometimes true.
12. Always make sure you have all of the details before making a decision. In this episode, Robin was trying to get Ted to do her a favor. He wasn’t going to do it. Then she offered him something- but he needed to make sure that she was able to deliver on her promise. He asked the right questions to gather the maximum amount of information and decided to help her break out of that closet.
13. Nothing is perfect. Not even church. If you can find a church that knows they are a group of imperfect people living in an imperfect world then you’ve found a good one. (like this one www.impactcity.tv ). They don’t serve beer there, but they do have donuts… so that’s pretty cool
14. You can’t read a lot into a person by their appearance. But you can tell if something is off about someone. Spend some time getting to know everyone worthwhile, you should know within a few minutes if there’s something wrong with them.
15. New is better is a dumb rule, just like all the other ones. Used, gently used, even recycled can sometimes be better than new. Think about houses, cars, clothes, etc- if you buy those things new you will pay more than you should… actually it seems like even buying a used car is probably costing you more than it’s worth. Do your research, newer isn’t always better
16. Women are mean… but wives are even worse… I’ll not elaborate for obvious reasons
17. You need to have a good insurance policy. This isn’t just medical/dental/vision. You need to have a back-up plan for other things as well. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket- don’t invest all of your money on a start-up that’s promising to be “the next Google.” Odds are that it will fail before you get a return, let alone become the next Google. Be careful with your money and always have a back-up plan
18. No one can decide if a job is right for you except for you. You need to look at the total package: Is the salary right for what you’re doing? Do they cover a fair amount of the insurance cost? Retirement planning/401k? Can you get behind the company’s vision? If the answers are mostly, if not entirely ‘YES’ then I’m thinking you’ve got a pretty good job.
19. Everyone lies, everyone. Even me. See, I told you this post was going to be 27 points long… it’s not. The best thing I learned from How I Met Your Mother is that there are a lot of liars out there. Whether their selfish, playing politics, pumping themselves up, or just having fun at your expense, people lie. Be careful who you trust, and what you trust them with.