Sam Altman turned 30 a few weeks ago and he was asked by a friend if he had figured out any life lessons within the past decade that were worth passing on. With a bit of reluctance at first, he eventually ended up listing 36 amazingly thought-provoking and valuable lessons which I think everyone should thoroughly read. I’ve bottled down 5 of my favorite life lessons he’s listed which I commit myself to passing on to my kids.
- Never put your family, friends, or significant other low on your priority list. Prefer a handful of truly close friends to a hundred acquaintances.
- Talk to people more. Read more long content and less tweets. Watch less TV. Spend less time on the Internet.
- Have clear goals for yourself every day, every year, and every decade.
- Go out of your way to be around smart, interesting, ambitious people. Try to spend time with people who are either among the best in the world at what they do or extremely promising but totally unknown. It really is true that you become an average of the people you spend the most time with.
- Go out of your way to help people. Few things in life are as satisfying. Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter.