Surround yourself with go-getters
Building lifelong habits starting right now is the way to become superhuman.
The list below might seem overwhelming, that’s why I suggest you only pick one or two habits at first and increase the number once you know what works and what doesn’t.
Health & Fitness
- Floss every day.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Find a sport or other physical activity you enjoy and practice it at least twice a week. Preferably a team sport.
- Use PH-adjusted shower gel or soap without perfume.
- Use sunblock!
- Drink water instead of sodas and juices.
- Stay away from addictions of any kind.
- Cultivate a morning routine that involves physical activity, gratitude, showering and getting dressed right after waking up.
Learning & Career
- Study a small amount of time each day instead of learning everything right before the exam.
- Read one book per week. Switch between fiction and nonfiction from time to time.
- Learn programming, Photoshop, Illustrator and Excel as well as you can. These skills alone can open up a world of possibility for you. Tutorials are a great way to start.
- Always have a project you are working on and finish it. Choose something creative that excites you instead of something you think is useful, like these
- Write down your goals for the next 3 months, 1 year and 5 years. Write down small action steps that will gradually get you there.
- Always try to solve problems on your own before asking someone for help.
- Use every possibility to speak in public. Great public speaking is one of the most valuable skills one can
- Be honest. More specifically don’t lie and don’t exaggerate. This can destroy your self-esteem.
- Speak with people everywhere you go.
- Surround yourself with go-getters. People who strive to become the best version of themselves and act on it. Stay away from “too cool for school” kids. Popularity fades quickly.
- Call your friends (especially the ones you don’t see often) instead of texting.
- Look people in the eyes. Sounds obvious but I was oblivious to the fact (I avoided eye contact until I was 18.)
- Remember names. Ask how the name is spelled or repeat the name immediately. “Hi I am Robert.” “Hi Robert, nice to meet you.” (How do you feel if someone always forgets your name?)
- Stop dwelling about what you can’t change. Catch yourself each time you are doing it and tell yourself it’ll be OK. Then think about something else.
- Start saving right now! Lay aside 10% of whatever you make and don’t touch it for now. Trust me, you can use it much better in a couple of years.
- Earn money on the side by applying your best skills. This will teach you a lot about life and will hopefully spark the entrepreneurial spirit within you.
- List all your fears, insecurities and unhealthy idiosyncrasies. Eliminate them one by one. I suggest you use .
- Travel as much as possible. Later it will be much harder to do when you have a job and a partner.
Resources to help you cultivate your habits:
This question originally appeared on Quora: What can I do now (at the age of 16) that my future self will thank me for?
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