50 Life Lessons From Everyday People I’ve Met Travelling The World

In Life, Well-Being

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West


I recently had the pleasure of reading through my 23 journals that I’ve been sending home over the last 3 years.

When I journal, I tend not to focus on what I’ve done per se but rather on what I’ve learned from the people I meet on the road.

So without further ado, here are 50 Life Lessons from everyday people I met while travelling 4 continents across 35 countries.

Please note – nothing’s right, nothing’s wrong here; take what you need, and leave what you don’t.

  1. The best gift you can give someone is the purity of your full presence.
  2. Nature is always cheaper than therapy or medication.
  3. Replace I should with I will.
  4. Work to become, not to acquire.
  5. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
  6. What’s important is how you act when no one else is looking.
  7. Live in the future and you’ll experience anxiety. Live in the past and you’ll experience depression. Live in the now and you’ll experience freedom.
  8. You can imitate an idea but you can’t replicate passion.
  9. You don’t need to be told what to think, you need to be shown how to think.
  10. The greatest gain is to give to others. The greatest loss is to receive without gratitude.
  11. If you treat people like children you’ll get children’s work.
  12. Remember, another person’s reality is just as valid as yours.
  13. Perfection is the lowest standard you could strive for because nothing is ever perfect.
  14. When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.
  15. If you make a mistake and do not correct it, you can be sure that it’s a mistake.
  16. Drop expectations and you’ll rarely be disappointed.
  17. If you don’t ask then the answer is already NO.
  18. Choose to create more than you consume.
  19. The harder you work, the luckier you get.
  20. Ideas are abundant; execution is scarce.
  21. Dream big, start small.
  22. Greatness is lots of small things done well.
  23. If it’s important enough, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.
  24. We must not talk, we must do.
  25. Better busy than bored.
  26. Retreat in another direction is by no means surrender.
  27. If you ask someone to only say what you want to hear, you are asking to be lied to.
  28. You will never be complete so choose contentment instead. 
  29. Embrace simplicity. Manifest plainness. Reduce selfishness.
  30. It is impossible to fail if you never give up.
  31. You must take 100% responsibility for everything that happens in your life, even when you think it’s not your fault.
  32. Never allow someone else to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
  33. Play, not work, is the key to success.
  34. Don’t get lost in other people’s expectations.
  35. There are never any failures, just results.
  36. Place your focus on possibilities not limitations.
  37. Deciding what not to do is just as important as deciding what to do.
  38. Time is the truest currency, and choices are true wealth.
  39. You are what you think about each and every day.
  40. Proactive approaches are more effective than Reactive approaches.
  41. Success begets success.
  42. If it were easy then everybody would be doing it.
  43. If time is the truest form of wealth, we are all born equally wealthy.
  44. Always find time to celebrate your wins, no matter how small.
  45. Always look for the seed of benefit when you experience a temporary setback.
  46. Love has the power to dilute evil.
  47. Your outer world reflects the state of your inner mind.
  48. Exercise is the most underutilised antidepressant.
  49. Success is directly proportional to the amount of time you spend doing the things you love.
  50. Want to know what chocolate ice cream is like? Then taste it.

I hope these small nuggets of wisdom can help you as much as they’ve helped me. Feel free to comment below.

Thanks for reading and all the best,

Daniel Beaumont, Tuesday 23rd Feb 2016

About the Author

Hello everyone, I’m Dan – a 28-year-old social entrepreneur and writer from the north of England, living in Bucharest, Romania. I’m currently writing my first book about my 4-year journey around the world seeking wisdom and life-lessons from everyday people I met hitchhiking and Couchsurfing.

I discovered that travel, if approached with the right mindset, can be life-changing, and a trip combining travel, purpose and introspection is a great way to learn, challenge oneself and change for the better. Now my mission in life is to share what I’ve learned to inspire others to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and use travel, entrepreneurship and technology as a means to make the world a better place.

I’m also the founder of Podstel – a vision to help humanity belong and grow by creating a worldwide network of ‘homes’ that bring locals and travellers together to share their stories, passions and skills. The first two Podstels are open and thriving in Bucharest, so if you’re passing through, be sure to come and say hi, or stay the night with us.

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