I really enjoyed reading this list form Ryan Holiday this morning.
2 points out of the list that really hit home:
Have a Kid
I used to see people in restaurants with kids and sort of pity them. The other day I was in a restaurant with my kid, having a great time and then I realized: Shit, these people have been having all the fun. I was the one being an idiot. Obviously I would like to live until I’m 90 so I can spend as many years as possible with my son, but as Paul Kalanithi says in When Breath Becomes Air, every minute you do have is a blessing and comfort.
It’s true. Having my son literally made my life 100x better in every sense.
A To-Do List Every Day
Every day have a to-do list. Even on the weekends. Not because it’s about drowning yourself in work, but so you can always be moving forward. Check the stuff off, don’t wing it. Use Tim Ferriss’s question: “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?”
Something I have been doing for 10+ years now, and it makes me smile when I witness my wife write down her to-do’s – something she never used to do before we met. A to-do list makes such a difference.