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100 Tips About Life, People, and Happiness


1. True wisdom and insight is always free.

2. Give your power over to no one.

3. Going into the unknown is how you expand what is known.

4. Get a library card.

5. Spend more time around people that both challenge and respect you.

6. Remain skeptical forever.

7. Fight for what matters.

8. There is a method that works. Find it.

9. Join a movement.

10. Drink your coffee black.

11. Never let anyone photoshop a picture of you. It creates a false sense of self-confidence.

12. Read more. Especially things you disagree with.

13. Get used to feeling stupid. It’s a sign of growth.

14. It’s easy for people to talk a good game, so watch how they behave instead.

15. Learn something from everyone.

16. Find things that inspire you and pursue them, even if there’s no money in it.

17. Starve if you have to, for as long as you need to.

18. Survive on a little just to prove you can do it.

19. Get one big success at an early age. It’ll help build your confidence for bigger things.

20. Do what you say you’ll do. No one is reliable anymore.

21. Be comfortable with abandonment, even of parts of your identity.

22. Learn a new language.

23. Eat more protein.

24. Keep people around you that will tell you the truth.

25. Genius gets you nowhere. Execution is everything.

26. If given the choice of equity or cash, always take cash.

27. Meet new people as often as possible. Offer to help them.

28. Don’t discriminate. Connect anyone in your network to anyone else.

29. If you can’t do a pull-up, you have a problem.

30. Nobody likes a know-it-all.

31. Get a passport. Fill it up with stamps no one has ever seen.

32. Quit your horrible job.

33. Read biographies. It’s like having access to the best mentors in history.

34. Go to bed, and wake up, early. No one will bother you, letting your best work emerge.

35. Scare yourself a little bit every day. It will expand your inner map.

36. Learn to climb trees.

37. Don’t buy a lot of stuff, and only buy the stuff you really love.

38. Be humble and curious.

39. Twitter followers don’t keep you warm at night.

40. Be as useful as you can in as many circumstances as possible.

41. Show up.

42. Repeat people’s names when you meet them.

43. Turn internet access off your phone. Wifi is fine.

44. Get a deck of Oblique Strategies cards. Use them.

45. Make your home a place where you feel safe.

46. Take people up on bets. Make more bets yourself.

47. Take cold showers. They’re better than coffee.

48. Learn to enjoy hunger.

49. Make everything either shorter, or longer, than it needs to be.

50. Always remember those who helped you. Deliver two or three times as much value back.

51. But also, help people who have never helped you, and can’t.

52. When you know that pain is temporary, it affects all of your decisions.

53. Get a tattoo. Don’t worry about regret.

54. Commit to things, regularly, that are far beyond your ability.

55. Meet with friends more often than you think you have to.

56. Learn to meditate. Go on a retreat if you have to.

57. Your stories are both more and less interesting than you think.

58. Learn to really listen.

59. Walk more.

60. Ugly is just a step on the way to beautiful.

61. Get to know your neighbours.

62. Don’t take anything personally, ever.

63. Consider avoiding school. Go to lots of conferences instead.

64. As soon as you can, buy some art.

65. Apologize more than you need to.

66. Find out if there will be food there.

67. A good haircut changes everything.

68. Read Man’s Search For Meaning.

69. Say no to projects you don’t care about.

70. Do things that are uncool. Later on, they usually end up becoming cool anyway.

71. Find your voice.

72. Have some manners.

73. Learn to play chess, go, and bridge. They’ll keep you from going senile.

74. Learn about the Tetrapharmakos.

75. Find ways to cheat the system– just don’t cheat people.

76. Be like Jesus, not like his followers. (This applies to all of them.)

77. At least once, date someone that’s out of your league.

78. Examine your jealousy. You’ll learn a lot about yourself.

79. Good connections are about people, not social networks.

80. Address small problems. They will become big problems.

81. Dress like a cooler version of yourself.

82. Yes, there is such a thing as bad press.

83. Add “adventurer” to your Twitter bio. Then, become one.

84. If the internet is the best thing in your life, you have a serious problem.

85. Give away your best work for free.

86. Find mentors. Just don’t call them that.

87. Actually write on your blog. Nobody cares if it’s hard.

88. Download Freedom. Use it for an hour every day.

89. Join a gym. Lift the heaviest you can. (This applies to girls too.)

90. Do some freewriting. It helps you think things through.

91. When you’re having supper with rich people, pick up the cheque.

92. Learn how to speak in public.

93. If you see someone who needs help, stop asking yourself if they need help. Instead, just help.

94. Bring a bottle of wine.

95. The best conversations are had side by side, not one in front of the other.

96. Protect your hearing. Trust me.

97. Do what’s most important first thing in the morning, before you check email.

98. Everyone feels like they’re not good enough. It’s not just you.

99. Courage is a learned skill.

100. Go to Iceland. It’s worth it.

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230 Responses to “100 Tips About Life, People, and Happiness”

  1. Matthew Miller Says:

    Re. #10: Have you never had Bulletproof Coffee?


    But, yes, I do agree with the sentiment that most of us should suck it up and get rid of the creamers and sweeteners. But I’m sure many of those people would flinch that the prospect of starting their day with a few hundred calories of butter and coconut fat.

  2. Julian Summerhayes Says:


    If I could live my life according to 10% of these it would make a massive difference. One of my problems is to take too much on and achieve F*** all. I need to focus on less. A great list to kick me in the solar plexus and remind me what is important in life.


    • Tigerlilly Says:

      Amen, Julien! I am the same way… My mind likes to work on as many things at once as it can- but i can only multitask so much! I am focusing on less. By starting to practice a morning meditation getting what I need done before all else (computer, distractions). I’ve found I eat more intentionally. <3

    • Kameron Says:

      keep trying Julian!

  3. Gavrev Eugen Says:

    101 Reread this article at least once a month :)

  4. Jenn Greenleaf Says:

    Love this! (And, I agree with Gavrev Eugen!)

  5. Lee Says:

    Man it’s hard giving up the internet on the phone. Any tips? My contract is up and I’m planning on either going to a cheaper service with internet or totally prepaid without. I just can’t get the motivation to get rid of it.

    Sad thinking that just a couple of years ago, I didn’t even know what it was.

    • Calvin Says:

      Hi Lee!
      The easiest way to do it is get an old phone (pre-y2k) they don’t do internet well (if at all). All they do is all you need in a cell/mobile; make & take calls & texts, no more/no less! BOOM! problem = solved! ;) you’re welcome!

    • Anonymous Says:

      Lee, just a suggestion if you would be interested in cutting the mobile net usage:

      consider a gophone with at&t. your service packages are optional every month and the SIMs are compatible with any at&t phone (including smart phones). for example, i use an iphone with a gophone SIM, however, i only gain internet access when i am within a wifi range.

      some would say this is a useless way to go about having an iphone? but it’s those who are hopelessly and inseparably attached to the net who see it as useless… is this not the epitome of the path we are trying to avoid in the first place? i’m satisfied as a part-time internet user.

  6. George Says:

    101. Question everything

  7. luisa Says:

    Looking forward to knowing about you & what you are up too.

  8. Conni Says:

    Ha! I wrote a list of 100 as well and was gonna publish it on my blog today but then decided to publish it tomorrow. You beat me. My 100 are better anyway ;) But yours are pretty good too :P

  9. Laura Says:

    I will print this out and hang it at my desk! It’s awesome! Thanks

  10. Krysty Says:

    Love your list! Number 96 is my favorite! I write about hearing loss in children so it’s nice to see someone mention it!

  11. Jackie Shelley (@jackinessity) Says:

    I like the one about the tattoo. Learning to live with regret? That speaks to me.

  12. Liza Says:

    Julien, remember meeting on the plane heading back from SXSW last year? I do, makes me smile to remember the moment.

    Know what else makes me smile? This post. You rock my world just when it needs a jolt. Thank you.

    P.S. #41 is my personal mantra: Show up. Hope we show up in the same place again soon.

  13. Peter Shallard Says:

    lol to tip #100 … went and did that the other day on my way back from London. Definitely.

  14. Naked Girl in a Dress Says:

    I recently published 40 things I thought women should know and have by the time they are 40. This reminds me of my list and even has some similar entries.

    This is inspiring. Thanks for publishing it.

  15. Owen Marcus Says:

    No matter how much I try to repeat people names… I forget them. But I can eat more protein.

    • Wendy Says:

      I practice remembering names on the servers at restaurants. I get the reward of being able to flag them down easily and also the awe of my companions!

    • MelodyO Says:

      Tip to help you remember peoples’ names: when you hear the name for the first time, think of a celebrity with the same first name. Then imagine the person you’re meeting having their picture taken with the celebrity. More than one celebrity with that same name works even better. :0)

  16. Nadia Says:

    Love it

  17. Bobbi Jo Woods Says:

    Wonderful post, certainly puts things into perspective!

    Thanks so much for creating it.

  18. Stephene Simmons Says:

    I love your Blog, it brings a smile to my face.

  19. waz Says:

    What a pile of hokey crap. Get a tattoo? Are you seriously handing that out as advice to live by? Get over yourself man. There are about 10 decent things on this list. Clearly you have a 101st rule, “don’t edit yourself”.

    • banchara Says:

      I would think that rule 101 could easily apply to you, as well, Waz…and the part about getting over yourself.

  20. Giancarlo Frison Says:

    I disagree about Tattoo advice. It’s stupid.

    I consider the aphorisms boring.

    But I read the post till the end. Quite interesting.

    • Dennis Says:

      Anyone that says I need to get a tattoo does not have my best interests in mind. What are you thinking?

      • Anna Says:

        I don’t think these are guidelines, they are just suggestions. For me the tattoo one was on the spot. I got one in summer in quite a visible place because it meant a lot to me but I would have pangs of regret now and then fearing that it would interfere with my future job etc. In the end though I realized there is nothing to regret and I really love my tattoo and the values it embodies, and it’s generally nice to have this experience, plus it acts as a stimulus to look for a creative job (which I truly want to have). So when I read the article it hit home.

        • banchara Says:

          A friendly tip: a job that freaks out about a tattoo (especially a tasteful, non-offensive one) is NOT the sort of job you want. Life is too short.

          • Jo Says:

            Duh!! You dont have to get a big one and you dont have to get it where people can easily see it. It comes down to your own decision on what type of tattoo, why not something tiny like a star or a little flower or heart? Geze, lighten up and have an imagination..

        • Clara Says:

          Lol those people are jist too uptight! I got a tattoo that ended up Terrible but i try not to regret anything in my life because i always think, things happen for a reason. I live by that and every time something seems terribly gone wrong, itater becomes a blessing in disguise. Turned to be something betternor i strive to make the aituation work better for me. I dont regret my ugly tattoo LOL itsbquite funny now and one hell of an adventure behind it!! ^_^ never regret anything!!!

  21. Jon Says:

    Someone once told me, “Don’t have no regrets.” I like the way he put it.

  22. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    LOL no. 11 my photo on my blog is photoshopped! I’m in the process of changing it! I hate aging in a culture where youth is worshipped. Just being honest here.

    • Olivia Says:

      Ha! I subscribe to The Bold Life – good to see you on this site. I am with you about our youth worshiping culture…I am finding it difficult to accept my age (57!)
      No. 4 was my favorite – I read voraciously.
      Great Post.

    • kindness first Says:

      So interesting, Tess. Kudos for your honesty. Instead of hating aging in a culture where youth is worshipped, why not hate the aspect of our culture that worships youth? I’m a performer, and one reason why I don’t color my increasingly-white hair is so more people can see that a white-hair can rock too. But it isn’t easy; you’re right. Sometimes people assume I’m older than I am because everyone else is dyeing, not because I look “older” facially. Anyway, I guess I’m choosing to take one for the team and hoping it helps move our culture in a less-sick direction.

  23. Ken Brand Says:

    Sincerely, thanks!

  24. Caleigh Says:

    Words to live by. Literally!

  25. Wendy Says:

    Excellent tips! I learned a few things too! Thanks for compiling this list. I might need to start my own…

  26. robin Says:

    Have a child – it will keep you looking at the world with a new perspective.

  27. Gareth Says:

    Don’t expect too much from your fellow human’s – Remember we are all still primates

    • Jr Deputy Accountant Says:

      Trust, I stopped expecting anything at all from my fellow “human’s” a long time ago.

      Although I suspect some species of primate could handle apostrophes better than many of my fellow humans.

    • banchara Says:

      Did you know that most people will work to meet your expectations regardless of whether they are high or low. You might find a better class of human if you started expecting the best out of them. Our animal nature does not diminish us.

  28. Marion Dupont Says:

    Eat more protein ? What about global warming? ;)

  29. Sana Says:

    Love your blog!

  30. Judy Helfand Says:

    #101 Be willing to go to jail for justice! http://youtu.be/UROREYJQmfA

  31. Joann Says:

    #101 Never say anything to your kids that you wouldn’t want them to say to themselves or to their future kids.

  32. Johnny Says:

    Wow some of those are the worst advice. I can’t even finish the list. #2 is absolutely horrible. You will not succeed in anything worthwhile if you follow #2.

    • Max Says:

      It depends on your interpretation of success

    • Martin Says:

      Yeah, it should have said “maintain a shallow existance, never look up, and for gods sake NEVER leave your house!”

      You realize if several important historical figures didn’t “explore the unknown” we wouldn’t have important medicines, or discover things like electricity, science, and technology? How else did man learn to fly?

      Any and all these things required some brave soul to go into an unknown area. If it wasn’t for them, the earth might still be flat.

      So yeah, Johnny, sorry, but you are wrong.

    • Jo Says:

      Johnny, it says something to me about your mind when you take a simple statement the way you have. There’s more than one way of interpreting each of these, try to open your mind up a bit more, you’ll feel more informed.

  33. Kyle Reed Says:

    101: Question everything
    102: it’s a marathon not a sprint

  34. zacharaya Says:

    so very true

  35. Kevin Says:

    Fantastic list. Most of these lists I find unoriginal and trite. Yours was anything but. I actually read the whole thing and clicked most of the links. Thank you for your contribution to civilization.

  36. Jeff Goins Says:

    41 is good. An overlooked secret to success.

  37. Chuck Says:

    Excellent tips to live by. And, of course, the best reply was by Gavrev Eugene, “101 Reread this article at least once a month.”

  38. Ernest Barbaric Says:

    Great post! It’s like the anti-thesis to the Bucket List.

  39. Michael Chambers Says:

    Really enjoyed the list and the comments!

  40. Lisa Says:

    Looks good

  41. dave of the infinite madness Says:

    oh man , this is good stuff!

    print it – fridge it

  42. Dave Delaney Says:

    I would pay for this list as an iPhone app. It’s an incredible list Julien!

  43. Ben Winters Says:

    Great Stuff I really liked it! Especially the work out and lift the heaviest weight! especially girls comment! Let’s gooooo! Gotta live life to the fullest.

    Ben Winters
    CEO http://www.TeachMeAwesome.Com
    (Teaching you Awesome 1 day at a time)

    • kindness first Says:

      Sigh. I was enjoying the list until I got to 89. This always happens…you’re trotting along reading something, and then there’s a comment like: “this applies to girls too.” WHAM! So…did everything up to that point NOT apply to “girls” too? For all your wisdom, Julien, this is a stunning oversight. My God, in 2012, you assume that women (ahem) don’t know they can lift weights?! This makes me rethink everything you’ve written. On the positive side, it reminds everyone that you, like all of us, have a huge amount still to learn. Keep it up, and thanks for not giving a fuck. In a good way.

  44. Tony Fuentes Says:

    My fav is 16. Find things that inspire you and pursue them, even if there’s no money in it.

    I’d add – Find another way to get it done without money.

  45. Bruce Doxey Says:

    Love is all that really counts.

    Give more than you recieve.

  46. n8 Says:

    101: learn an instrument

  47. Gareth Field Says:

    You might not want to advise people to eat more protein until you know anything about nutrition. Kthx.

  48. chelsey Says:

    Don’t print this list out. Copy it down by hand. You will appreciate it more and maybe actually try something from the list.

  49. Mitch Joel - Twist Image Says:

    I’ll add one: start a family.

    Frieds, goals and life skills are important, but nothing is better than starting a family. Trust me.

  50. David B. Thomas Says:

    Julien, this is a magnificent list, filled with things it has taken me 40+ years to appreciate, and many I’m still working on. Thank you. I’m going to read it to my son.

    And a nice, unexpected finish with Iceland. I’ve been three times for the Airwaves festival (I wrote the festival blog in ’02 and ’03). It’s a magical place.

  51. David B. Thomas Says:

    Never say anything online that you wouldn’t say to the person’s face.

  52. Lisa Larter Says:

    What a refreshing read first thing on a Sunday morning. Love this list and would add one thing – Never go to someone’s home empty handed for dinner. Bring some token of appreciation.

  53. Ingrid Exner Says:

    This is great site. I forget if you mention volunteering outside of helping people. Volunteerism is a great way to grow, acquire new skills and gain wonderful perspectives on life. This is a great site. Keep up the wonderful work
    Ingrid Exner

  54. jolanta mojsej Says:

    In order to get the benefits from #1, we must be able to distinguish true wisdom and insight from the plentiful bs that is freely given to us.

  55. Karen Says:

    I’ll add two.
    Learn to be alone and enjoy your own company.
    Learn to be truly silent (not just while meditating). Learn to enjoy silence in everyday life. No music, no email, no internet, no TV.

  56. Nan Says:


  57. Oscar Says:

    Your 100 list of things is one of the best ever websites if seen, really impressed how much each one hits home…and I don’t say that too often. keep up the good work and I look forward to reading your blog

  58. patricia paone Says:

    Smile at everyone to make them at ease

  59. Rhonda Says:

    Yes!! Great list!! I love so many of them (still not so sure about the tattoo LOL)
    And indeed… ICELAND is amazing! By all means go!! I went 2 years ago and had a wonderful time!! Can’t wait to go back!

  60. Daniel Moore Says:

    Thanks for the inspiring comments, I love hearing about what people have learned in their life

  61. lexi Says:

    The best conversations are had side by side, not one in front of the other.

  62. Camilo Olea Says:

    Great post as always. What would you suggest to not pass off as a “know it all”? Sometimes people ask questions, and I answer them. Not to show off or anything, just because I know the answer and have no problem helping. Is it how you answer? Is it better to sometimes not answering even if you know the answer? Just wondering. :)

  63. Andy Pips Says:

    I never have problems with self confidence. I quietly let people know they are wrong. And no.77 is ridiculous, there is no woman outside of my capture zone, just ones I don’t want :)

  64. Vita Woman Says:

    Hi Julien, this is a very motivating post. You put a lot on the minds of people to view life in ways that they never thought of. I enjoyed reading it. Much success! ~I’m a Vita Woman

  65. Cheryl O Says:

    Love the list! Thanks Julian. Are you on Twitter?

  66. Cristina Says:

    #53. Get a tattoo. Don’t worry about regret.
    You don’t need a tattoo, allow yourself time and you will get permanent scars, some as a result of playing others of fighting (and not only on your skin).Every experience leaves a permanet mark on which we build on, and possibly move on.

  67. Erin Says:

    Love this! Great way to think about things in life.

  68. Linda Says:

    I liked it!!! Look forward to reading more from you.

  69. Ty Runkel Says:

    I clicked on a link to subscribe to your blog (loved the list!) but ended up on this page instead, so put my info just above. Thanks!

  70. Dustin Says:

    Really good stuff here, a lot of which I found I already incorporate or at least think about. But sometimes for whatever reason, people need to hear these things again from someone else in order to believe it. I have been thinking about making a wall of inspiration and good thinking at my house and this stuff is great. My hope is maybe to inspire people that drop by, family, wife included, etc. to be just a little better and or just feel a little better. The ultimate goal is to have everyone in my life have a bit more positivity in theirs, making everyone’s life improve.

  71. Stephanie - The Travel Chica Says:

    Great collection of tips on how to live life!

  72. Michele Bass Says:

    Brilliant indeed.

  73. Ryan Says:

    I just did #83 (the first part). That felt good. Now, to follow through.

  74. Ben Winters Says:

    Keep the list coming these are great… Join a movement is my favorite!

  75. Me Says:

    This blog is by far one of my favorites, lets just say I am under 20 years old, but I know that you, my good man, are a genius. I love how blunt you are with your topics!! Your honest and you really know what you want from life. Please keep uploading more topics, it’s well worth it.

  76. John Says:

    More than half of these tips are 99 percent impossible for me to achieve. And on everyone of those tips, I hit my desk or chair very angrily. All this did to me was affirm to me that I am not a happy, or successful person. The internet is the best thing in my life right now, there is something seriously wrong with me.

  77. EatTheRich Says:

    Utter Nonsense. This is one of the reasons Blogs should not exist.

  78. Lisa Taylor Says:

    Hmmm… I agree with each of these, though I don’t think I’ll be getting a tattoo.
    Though – ya never really know….
    Great list

  79. lucrezia B. Says:

    Thanks for posting this list.
    It inspired me.
    Number 13 is my favorite.
    Keep the list coming!

  80. clak Says:

    this is fucking gay

  81. Jenna Says:

    Just changed my twitter bio.

  82. Jamie Says:

    Wonderfully wise!

  83. John Hall Says:

    Nice list. Some unique and refreshing ones there as well. Thanks!

  84. Maya Pande Says:

    Thanks for telling me about Freedom! I had never heard about it. Also, it lead me to find Cold Turkey, which blocks you from social media sites while using Windows. So awesome! Thanks so much!!

  85. Zuhair Says:

    Thank you for a great article Julien! :) I realized my good parents have already taught me to do most of those on your list, but I’ll work on the rest from now on. Thanks a lot! =)

  86. Laura Says:

    Thanks for compiling this list. it made me look at the world with fresh new eyes.

  87. Jörgen Jönsen Says:

    106. Use less different fonts in the same article.

  88. Jen Says:

    This is exactly what I needed to read today, thank you!

  89. Jay Says:

    49. Do bungee cords apply to this one aswell?

  90. Luke Says:

    What tattoo should I get?

  91. Claudiaaa Says:

    So I love the little random ones throughout, but the best one was #100. I’ve been wondering if I should go for a while and then BAMMMMMM it hits me. Thanks mate!

  92. Harpa Hreinsdóttir Says:

    This is great!
    Loved the last one, did not expect it! But, you know. It probably has something to do with the fact that I’m Icelandic. :)

  93. Vanessa Says:

    GREAT list! Absolutely love it!

  94. Maurice DiMino Says:

    Great list! Very detailed. Grazie!

  95. Meg Says:

    Shouldn’t #5 say “spend time around people WHO challenge you”? Not “that challenge you”. Same with #24.

  96. Dennis Says:

    It is the best thing I’ve read in a long time; I read a lot :)

  97. nikoya Says:

    Beauty at best here. Thanks for taking the time…

  98. Carol Says:

    Love the list – I really want to quit my horrible job – but what to do after wards when my pockets are empty!!!

    • banchara Says:

      You HUSTLE! You find a way to make money doing what you love. You find many ways to make money doing things you like. You do odd jobs or temp while you figure it out. You redefine what you “need” vs. what you want. Maybe you sell everything and hit the road for a grand adventure. Most of all…you TRUST that if you are ON your Path, the Way will make it’s self clear.

  99. Katie Says:

    sure some of these things are “inspiring” but really? why do you care how i take my coffee? and the average american gets all the protein they need for an entire week everyday and it turns straight to fat.

  100. Peter Paluska Says:

    Don’t forget: be good to yourself! I guess that is encapsulated in a few of the entries, at least.

    Merci, Julien. Je me souviens!

  101. Karen Stultz Says:

    Wonderful Life Tips, one more for you, “work smarter, not harder”

  102. Mattias Says:

    65. Apologize more than you need to.

    Apologies deminishes people.
    Only apologize when u’ve really fucked up.

    • banchara Says:

      WHAT? Apologies do not diminish people!!! Being an arrogant asshole who doesn’t apologize diminishes people. Where do you get the idea that apologizing makes someone less than? I’m sorry, but that is crazy talk.

  103. Naresh P. Ayar Says:

    Awesome needing facts for good human-beings. Something very difficult to accept and something already have in our lives. Thanks for your thinking and collection of awesome thoughts.

  104. Sven Says:

    Thank you, Julian

  105. See Org Says:

    “26. If given the choice of equity or cash, always take cash.” I think the Facebook mural painter might beg to differ….

  106. Beatrice Says:

    I have been in Iceland for a year studying, totally worth it! and totally changes my live.
    Great blog!

  107. Real Estate Consultant Says:

    Well these are all really great suggestions, I employ most of them already, but I can always make improvements.

  108. Rebecca Says:


    Except the one about doing a pull up. That shit took me 2 years of rock climbing to master.

  109. Retha Says:

    I looove this list! Will read it every morning. Would add …Switch off the TV!
    I off to go and get my 1st tattoo at the age of 36!

  110. Kelly Says:

    #101 – Don’t seek life advice from lists on the internet.

  111. Adam Alvarado Says:

    Dude I can barely count to 100. Don’t think I could muster this many then ;-) A lot of really cool ones here though. Thanks.

  112. Chrissie Says:

    All of these were amazing. I really liked #5 !

  113. Wodnik Says:

    So simple, yet so profound. Bookmarked :)

  114. Alan Says:

    “If you can’t do a pull-up you have problem” I giggled at this one. This makes me feel incomplete with a burning desire to better myself.

  115. Dennis Says:

    Cool stuff. Thx Jules.

  116. mr plumber rochdale Says:

    wow brilliant, easily counted to 100 hhaha i want more like this…superb

  117. Matth Says:

    “67. A good haircut changes everything.”

    True. But my personal 101. on the list would be: “Let your hair grow longer than usual.” It’s a great task for self-confidence and changes you a lot.

  118. Twinkle Teacher Says:

    I love a good happy list. I’m all about the happy. Look for twinkles, follow the winks, find your happy. ;)

  119. Emilia Elisabeth Says:

    #101: absolutely s.t.o.p procrastinating (seriously, this has changed my life :)

    Julien: I love this site, love the language, love its honesty, and for the first time ever I´m actually putting in my most valuable asset (t.i.m.e) in scoffing down someone´s blog :)) Love it, love it!



  120. Kare Says:

    This is very inspiring and witty. I appreciate and enjoy your style of writing. I love the list!

  121. Gary Scoville Says:

    I love getting uncomfortable now and then, it allows me to learn new and exciting things. Mostly about myself!

  122. christian Says:

    its lovely and i love it

  123. Nikki Says:

    Well, I like this list a lot.

    I took your advice on #68 and read Man’s Search for Meaning. Let me take this time to say: HOW HAVE I NEVER READ THAT BEFORE? It articulates so perfectly all of the principles and philosophies that I believe in so strongly.

    And here I was feeling all smart for having hashed out some of these profundities on my own. Turns out, I was waaay behind — I could have just picked up this book. This guy nailed everything ages ago in one succinct and moving volume, and through an incomparably harrowing story.

    Man’s Search for Meaning is now my new first date fodder. When my date starts to ask the “getting to know you” questions, I will just hand him this book and say that everything he needs to know about my worldview is found inside. No?? Too intense for a first date, you say??

    Anyway, thanks for the recommendation, Julien. It really was one of THOSE books for me.

  124. Alphatech Solutions Says:

    These are real life tips that anyone can use :)

  125. Henry Says:

    Awesome list!

    Printed out and going to practice it ! (not that tattoo one xD)

    Love your blog ! Julien

  126. Lurelyn Says:

    Hey there, this is perfect, i love this and some things enumerated got to try it. I was inspired by these things. Life is so wonderful.

  127. Johnny99 Says:

    Had to laugh about people needing to purchase an app to stay off the Internet. I think Number 76 is terrible.
    “Be like Jesus, not like his followers. (This applies to all of them.)”
    Yeah, there are people out there who profess to be followers of Christ who are mean, hateful and bigoted. But that is far from the majority of them, only the ones you hear from. I know many Christians who live up to the title; who are loving, charitable and kind. Your entry bespeaks a subtle but real bigotry of your own against religious people and puts you in the same league/mindset as the worst of those you criticize. Not a productive use of your energy in my opinion.

  128. Lily Says:

    I’m not so sure about the “get a tattoo” point… but other than that, a great list indeed!

  129. Nuria Says:

    The more I read the more happy I am by the thought that I am not alone!! It is incredible to see my own thoughts so beautifully put by someone else.

    I am in awe :O

    Thank youuuu :D

  130. Jackie Says:

    Very impressive. Probably a result of a person that has given life a lot of serious thought. You will grow older, as we all do and some of these points you will revise. But if you are a real person you will ignore my advice and keep writing and keep aspiring to these. Well done.

  131. Rama Mohan Says:

    Some points valid. Good work!!!

  132. Nuria Says:

    “Keep people around you that will tell you the truth”

    Because the rest think it is true too, and instead of telling you to your face they keep smiling.
    “Si me vas a matar mírame con los ojos de matar..”
    Mala Rodriguez(Sevillian rapper).
    It can be translated as “If you are going to kill me look at me with the eyes of a killer”
    Keeping communication as clear as possible avoids unnecessary conflicts. ;D

  133. Alice B Says:

    This was a wonderful find. Thank you – I enjoyed your wisdom and appreciate the time you spent to share it.

  134. Francis Says:

    Nice post, i will definitely remembered and should be listed in my office. :-)

  135. Aaron Says:

    Interesting list. Some very good tips that I think everyone would do well to keep in mind.

    Thank you for the post.

  136. lisa Says:

    thanks so much for this list, it has given me some things to think about! I have bookmarked it so can come back to it later

  137. Furries @ Furries-Happyclub.com Says:

    1. True wisdom and insight is always free.

    Nah! True wisdom and insight often comes at a price. Pain, dilemmas, frustration… just to name a few.

    It is the reward from dealing with lifes difficulties.

  138. NiKhiL Says:

    yes,I think this was also helpful who feel scary about Lifestyle n think alot on it.
    yeah,Read biographies. It’s like having access to the best mentors in history.
    Life is Short its feelings who make it wider.
    also an experience make’s one quoting.

    Thanks u for posting it..

  139. JJ Wong Says:

    What a great list! Thanks for sharing, bookmark and re-read always to make my life better. =D

  140. JJ Wong Says:

    Very great list on Life! Bookmark and surely re-read it always. Always remind and update myself to improve from deep inside me. :)

  141. Ken Says:

    Do not wait until you are old to set a “bucket list.” It is more difficult at 80 to ride a bronking bull than at 20. Find the tasks and goals you want to accomplish in your life as you go, and accomplish them fully as you go.

  142. Ana Says:

    Thank you for the bold and italicized ones, it was just that…in bold and speaking to me. Bless your heart.

  143. Marilyn Says:

    Thank you! I loved them all–especially # 79 and 80.

  144. Alex Jenkins Says:

    Truly awesome, but still i didn’t get the idea of going to Iceland.

  145. girmanesh Says:

    nice. keep it up all

  146. Eydís Helga Says:


  147. slippy Says:

    These lists are the epitome of pretentiousness. Dammit people make your own fucking meaning out of life.

    • Wendy McQuarrie Says:

      Slippy a lot of these things are my meaning but sometimes it is nice to read that they are shared by others. Sometimes it is also nice to feel encouraged about the path you have chosen to lead if it is off the straight and narrow. Even though I know for sure that my path is right for me, sometimes I question my wisdom in choosing such a difficult one.

  148. Amy Says:

    #13 and #77 DONE!! Continuing with #13.

  149. Wendy McQuarrie Says:

    Iceland is something I want to do but the cold has always kept me away … I will aim for Iceland

    • Gideon Says:

      Visit Iceland in the summer. That is when you do all the sight-seeing. Go in the winter for the best white Christmas and New years ever! Make sure you dress the part though… ;p

  150. Vincent Beighley Says:

    If you remain skeptical about everything, you might as well live in a hole for the rest of your life, and by the way, that clashes with #3. Good job.

  151. Alan Edmunds Says:

    Great piece. I got out of a meeting late yesterday afternoon and someone had your 100 life tips manifesto hanging on their wall, so I thought I’d take a look at your website. Good job all around Julien.

  152. LiMoO Says:

    Thanks for this beautiful Advice ;)

  153. Jeff Says:

    “If given the choice of equity or cash, always take cash.” I Don’t agree. For example, 50 cent had 10% equity with vitamin water and received it on a contract deal and in return he promoted the product. so when they sold the company to coca-cola he received an estimated 400 million dollars gross. If he would have taken cash instead of equity in the beginning he would have nowhere near as much money as he has now.

  154. meditation Says:

    Wow, this is great post, I print a copy of this and forward to my all friends. I’m really grateful.I like your tip -Read more. Especially things you disagree with.It’s always good to have many perspectives on any topic.

  155. Eric Saucier Says:

    Life and all that is in it is a gift from the infinite mind;
    and the only way that life can go wrong is by the limited finite mind.

  156. Dan Says:

    You made my day!! After weeks of depression, reading some instruction really helps since I feel like I can’t decide on anything alone and need a lot of guidance

  157. Cho Says:

    Amazing post, thanks for sharing!

  158. Rcg Says:

    I would have added:
    #101 read all “bestselers”: the bible, the coran, and mao’s red book not stupid thing like Harry potter
    But still I am septical about wherether or not this list is 101% recommendable

  159. Conor Says:

    I’m not so sure about number six…

  160. Constance Says:

    When someone apologises to me it hurt more than before

  161. cloud Says:

    These were realy motivating, literally. thanks;)

  162. Athul Says:

    Really helpful and great list

  163. David Isezuo Isiyaka Says:

    I love this arrangement, its the best i have seen on the internet, thumbs up to u man.

  164. Rico Compagnie Says:

    I like #2. It reminds me of frames, a term used in NLP. To give a simple example, one man is positive, the other negative, the one with the strongest frame will suck the other into his reality.

    And to add a #101 to the list: “Don’t take life too seriously, nobody gets out alive anyway.”

  165. Varun Mani Says:

    Just when i thought of giving up all hope on dreams of going to iceland… The magic happend ! as i read number 100 on ur blog ,of all the stuff i enjoyed reading in here because of how cool they were ,no. 100 took the cake . I simply cant believe u mentioned iceland i so wish i could go there. Thank u was a good interesting read…

  166. sonny Says:

    iceland is so cool go

  167. Ben Koshkin Says:

    A lot of this is insightful, but I really wonder how many people will do these things?

    Ben Koshkin

  168. Sukanta Maikap Says:

    Felt it all … Thanks for sharing :)

  169. Mario Says:

    Do you get paid to write this shit?

  170. haydn Says:

    these aren’t the best lets face it

  171. Michael Bradham Says:

    Meditation helped me. Heres to 20 Days Meditation for New Year: http://llavealhighway.com/20-days-meditation-for-new-year/

  172. John Cooper Says:

    #96 ‘protect your hearing’ is so true… I’m one of the few guys in clubs with ear plugs on…

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