2. Stop comparing yourself to other people. Your biggest fear could be part of another person’s daily routine.
3. There’s a gold mine of creative, educational, and beautifully written material on television. You just have to sort through a ton of complete garbage to find the gold.
4. Read The War of Art, more than once.
5. You don’t have to act your age, really.
6. If you’re 50 and want to start over, get started today. If you’re 19 and think that’s too young to start a business … look at this guy.
7. Focus on one thing at a time. And take a break from the damn computer.
8. I’m convinced George Carlin was a genius.
9. Stop counting the days you have left. None of us know that answer.
10. If you’re young with little responsibility and have the freedom and means to travel, I would do it.
11. I do have regrets (see #10). We all do. It’s called being human. Don’t dwell on them, but if you actually can fix a past wrong, why not act on it?
12. See if you can go an entire weekend without looking at a computer screen.
13. Embrace your inner-geek and stop trying to be cool. Then laugh at your super-dorkiness. It will take a load off, I guarantee. (Ask my wife.)
14. If you have not seen “The Wire,” you should watch the entire series. It really is that brilliant.
15. No one and I mean, not any one person is a perfect parent. Of this, I am convinced.
16. Give people a chance, they just might surprise you.
17. You can’t categorize people or put them in neat little boxes. This kind of thinking divides us and political networks excel at it.
18. If your only news comes from Fox or MSNBC you’re confused. (See 17).
19. I often think: What would Carl Sagan say about this?
20. Worship of sports stars and Hollywood celebrities has gotten completely out of hand.
21. Do not check email, Twitter or Facebook first thing in the morning. (There are exceptions to this rule, but if you’re in the business of creating, it’s a soul-cruncher.)
22. I never read “Entertainment Weekly,” indulge in the “E!” network or watch “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” yet I know everything about that family. But why.
23. Turn off the radio and start listening to podcasts. Comedy, science and everything in between. There’s a treasure trove of amazing material. It turns your little device into a commercial-free, classroom in a box.
24. If someone is walking behind you, hold the door for them. Those precious two seconds won’t kill your day.
25. What ever happened to manners and common courtesy? (See #24)
26. Very first thing in the morning … tackle your most important (or scariest task). Take your pick.
27. Spending all of your time on social media is downright toxic.
28. It’s okay to emulate others, just don’t rip them off or try and copy their persona. I got my inspiration for today’s brain dump here. And guess what? Writing this is good for my well-being, so why not fire off your own list?
29. I don’t hate list posts. In fact, I’ve been dying to write one for months.
30. Play the observer of your own emotions. You’ll find that most negative reactions are completely ridiculous and do nothing but ruin your day.
31. You really don’t have to be first in line.
32. The creative minds on this here social web never cease to amaze me.
33. Cooking is like meditation. Make your own meals from scratch and make a Saturday of it. I’m not sure if I’ll ever perfect pizza dough, but I try. Tell me when you master Wonton noodles.
34. My wife is my biggest advocate, is very interested my blogging, but still has no idea who the hell Chris Brogan is.
35. I do not, and I repeat, I DO NOT have a problem with the words: Epic, remarkable or killer.
36. I like to write stuff like … Shiznits, swag and bomb diggity, but don’t hate me for it.
37. Give WriteRoom a try. Nothing but a black screen and green text. Distraction free writing is the only way to go.
38. My inspiration for said words (#36) was a guy named, “Manny The Hippie” if you remember him.
39. Dave, Jay, Jimmy or Conan? Dave, of course.
40. Respect the elderly and and listen to them. For you younger bloggers – I’m not talking bout myself (Jeeez!) True wisdom comes from life experience.
41. Read “The Power of Now”
42. Real TV news died a long, long time ago.
43. Take some time to learn about good design. This is extremely important to you bloggers out there.
44. There really are no shortcuts to success.
45. If you’re terrified of public speaking, join Toastmasters. It’s practically free and an amazing place to conquer fear and grow.
46. And the best way to challenge yourself is to vow to do something super-scary. (see above).
47. Neil deGrasse Tyson is da bomb when it comes to explaining deep-science to a layman like me. He IS the Carl Sagan of our generation. Why is he not as “famous” as A-Rod?
48. The next movie-making genius is already hard at work on YouTube. It’s only a matter of time before this person makes a grand appearance.
49. Listening is a lost art.
50. Be kind to people, even if they’re a little grumpy. You never know what is going on in their world.