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  • 35Lessons

    Learned in 35 Years

  • Every year on his birthday Srini shares one lesson for each year of life hes lived.

  • Every year on his birthday Srini shares one lesson for each year of life hes lived.

    This year he asked his business partner David if hed illustrate those lessons.

  • Every year on his birthday Srini shares one lesson for each year of life hes lived.

    This year he asked his business partner David if hed illustrate those lessons.

    This is what we created.

  • You wont regret that.

    Youll always feel better when you laugh.

    In fact, laugh until youre laughing so hard that you are crying.

    Those are the best tears.

    Laugh more than you cry.

  • When you tell your friends what a thrill it was, theyll have one of two reactions. Theyll think youve lost your mind (especially when you have an obsessive personality). Or theyll want to experience it for themselves. But, theres no sense in trying to explain an orgasm to somebody who has never had one. The only way to understand is to experience it.

    once in this lifetimeCatch a wave

  • Try somethingthat might not work

    Everything you know how to do nowwas once something that might not have worked.

  • Do something



    at least once in your life(ideally get addicted to doing that)

    If you need help with that talk to AJ Leon. It seems to be his default state of being. Defiance and audacity might just be his favorite words in the dictionary.*

  • Live fullyin the momentThe past is over and

    the future is promised to no one.

  • Make friendsnot followers or fans.

    Even if you decide to quit your online project, your friends will still be there. Fans and followers can unlike your page or unfollow you on Twitter.

    Friends last forever.

  • Sit in a barwith one of your oldest friends

    Tell stories and toss back beers, wine, or whatever it is you like to drink until youre the last two people there.

    The drunker you get, the better the stories seem to get. Theres something magical about that.

  • Help somebody achieve

    their dreamIt will come full circle.

    Just dont wait for it or expect it. Thats the wrong intention.

  • Theres no such thing. Were all flawed. My lips are too big until somebody kisses me and realizes theyve scored. Same probably goes for that weird quirk youre super self conscious about.

    Embrace that thing that makes you


    Perfect is an illusion.

  • Comparison is a vicious trap because theres always somebody ahead and always somebody behind.

    Dont look too far forward...

    and dont look too far back.

  • Its easy to compare ourselves when our lives are on public display.

    Yet we judge the package by the wrapping paper. You may think

    you want someone elses life...but you dont. Youll get the parts

    that suck with the parts that are awesome. We dont realize that

    there is no Facebook photo album for somebodys inner turmoil.

    Make a conscious effort to celebrate little victories,

    appreciate what you have,and keep moving forward.

    Dont get too caught up in comparison.

  • Read something


    Start with the Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit.

  • Say what you need to sayDont keep things on your chest.

    Youll eventually have a heart attack if you do.

  • Build or create something with your own two hands

    Break out your box of crayons, a blank canvas or a moleskine notebook. Lego Castles count too.

    Theres great joy that comes from building something with your own two hands.

  • Dont make a big deal out of small things.

    Milk spills.Rain falls.

    Shit happens.If you get worked up about small things, youll have a heart attack over the big things.

  • Failure is not that big of a deal.

    You wont die or go to jail.

  • Sometimes life will throw you curve balls.

    Youll end up feeling broken.

    Broken does not mean beyond repair.

  • Learn from your failures

    Look for the lesson.There usually is one.

  • In fact it will take longer than you think. So plant the seed, but dont get obsessed with it.If you keep digging up the seeds to see how well theyre growing youll stunt the growth. Youll get your moment in the sun.

    Plant seeds...but realize they wont bare fruit for a while.

  • My friend Marias accountant waited for the perfect time and she was

    diagnosed with cancer while waiting to take the trip of a lifetime. You

    have ONE life as far as Im concerned. Dont put living it on hold. My

    mom said she made a resolution to do something new every month. I

    said youve been on this planet more than 50 years. I think youve got

    some catching up to do.

    But I am glad to see my parents enjoying the fact that we live in California!

    You can always wait until you have more time and money but...

    Theres no such thing as

    the perfect time

  • Teach yourself something newevery single day.

    Weve entered an era in which you can give yourself an education that kicks the crap out of the one you got in school.

  • Learn to enjoy where youre at

    and what you haveIronically thats what enables you to get further and have more.

  • Ignore your To Do list for a day and

    Create a To Be list

    Spend the day being all the things on that list.

  • Watch one of your favorite bands

    at a live concert

  • Waste a dayon completely trivial pursuits

    Play video games.

    Wander aimlessly.Do whatever it is that will put a smile on your face.

  • on the beach while the sun is setting

    Kiss somebody

  • Try to put as little gap as possible between your purchase date and departure date.

    If it makes you anxious...thats good!

    Buy an international plane ticketon a whim

    Extraordinary occurs outside your comfort zone.

  • to the things that will bring joy to your life.Say yes

  • Money comes and goes.People and experiences are the real treasure in life.

    Measure your wealthin friends

    If thats the case Im getting very rich.

  • It can be a word, a sentence, a paragraph, or 1000 words.

    every single dayWrite something

    Just because you write it doesnt mean you have to publish it.

  • Have a no asshole rule!

    Dont associate with them online or in real life.

    Dont work with them.

    Please for the love of God, dont marry them. I know some of my female friends have dated them.

    If you have to ask yourself if somebody is an asshole,

    youre already doomed.

  • Dont trust people who dont like chocolate or have any vices. Theyre almost always hiding something.

    Eat a chocolate lava cakepreferably with ice cream

  • If youre always angry, anxiety ridden, and stressed out thats how youll be remembered. You cant sing a different tune on birthdays, holidays, and special occasions and go down in history with the people around you as a grammy winner.

    So ask yourselfhow do you want to be remembered?

    People will remember you based onhow you were most of the time

  • I cant speak from experience. Thats one thing I havent crossed off this list at my age.

    Im told its marvelous.

    Fall in love!

    Hopefully youll do it sooner.

  • Stop with the self criticism and surround yourself with people who encourage your genius zone over your excellence or comfort zone.

    Everybodyhas greatness within them!Sometimes you just have to mine for it.

    Easier said than done.

  • Written by

    Designed & Illustrated by

    Srini Rao

    David Crandall

  • Srini & David are business partners at

    BLOGCAST FMFeel free to stop by and say hi!


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