20 lessons from 2020

Note: When I say “you” here I’m really just speaking to myself.

  1. Make a list of the highlights of every month, and you’ll be amazed at how much you actually do in a year.
  2. Habit building is hard, but having an accountability partner makes it much easier.
  3. Not all “good” habits work for everyone. Experimenting with a new habit for a month is a great way to find out what works and what doesn’t work for you.
  4. Lockdowns have made us re-evaluate the importance of almost everything.
  5. Digitalisation has made lockdowns a lot more bearable, but it has also served as a reminder of the importance of human-touch.
  6. Face-to-face lessons are a privilege.
  7. The difference between an A student and a B student is the number of hours spent on practice papers.
  8. The pursuit of learning is a noble one, while the pursuit of grades is one of vanity.
  9. Philosophy broadens one’s horizons and thinking in ways unimaginable.
  10. Stoicism has taught me that all things can be categorised as ‘within my control’ or ‘beyond my control’. And there’s no point fretting about things beyond my control.
  11. Skepticism has taught me to not be so quick to judge as we never have complete knowledge of any situation.
  12. Small talk can help build rapport with others. It’s okay if you suck, life is full of opportunities to practice small talk.
  13. The stock market is not a reflection of the economy.
  14. Advice is free. Ask humbly and people would gladly offer it.
  15. How does one live the good life? It’s okay if you don’t know. Think about it now while you’re still young.
  16. A person’s priorities is evident from how they spend their time.
  17. Writing is a pretty useful skill.
  18. Limit the endless content you’re feeding yourself every day and spend some time in your thoughts instead.
  19. Working hard is important, so is resting. Yet, why do you feel guilty about one and not the other?
  20. God is good.