The 20 things I know at 40 that I didn’t at 20

  1. Classic Rock isn’t the only genre of music.
  2. Few things in life are absolute. e.g. “I’ll never drive a minivan!!”
  3. Jobs titles don’t mean jack squat.
  4. How much someone earns is a poor indicator of their happiness.
  5. Staying home on a Friday night isn’t the end of the world
  6. Raising kids is harder than it looks and more enjoyable than I would have ever thought.
  7. I now believe what a German friend told me: “One has as many true friends as fingers on a single hand”
  8. It feels better to let someone merge than it does to cut them off.
  9. I’m more like my dad than I thought. That’s a good thing.
  10. Nobody cares about my college major.  They only care that I stuck it out long enough to earn a degree.
  11. Finding a good mentor is more important then the company, position or pay.
  12. Burning bridges is one of the dumbest things a person can do.
  13. A diet of Cap’N Crunch, M&M’s and Cherry Coke doesn’t have staying power.
  14. Most valuable course I took in HS was typing.
  15. Passing on my Sony Walkman to my kids won’t be as cool as I thought it would be.
  16. Watching someone play an instrument is as enjoyable as watching someone play a sport.
  17. Those “required” college courses that I despised make watching Jeopardy almost enjoyable.
  18. Sometimes the news is more opinion than news.
  19. Being the first one to say, “I’m sorry, I made a mistake” doesn’t make one weak.
  20. Giving people the benefit of the doubt is better than assuming they intentionally tried to offend.