While there is an overwhelming amount of things that I don’t know, here is what I do know. In my short 23 years of existing, these are the things I’ve learned through much trial and error.
Be honest. There was a time when I was younger where I lied about nearly everything, either to save my ass, or to appear cooler than I actually was. None of this benefited me in the long run, and it usually came back to bite me. Be honest and genuine with your desires and needs. It’s easier that way.
Be grateful. Nobody likes entitlement, and sadly my generation is full of it. So many people think the world owes them something. Always be grateful for what is given to you. Be humble in your accomplishments. It could be gone tomorrow.
Be nice. Be nice to EVERYBODY, even if they are rude to you. I work in the entertainment industry, and I’ve learned that it’s easier to bite your tongue and smile when you’re around incompetent people. You never know who may help you down the line. Don’t give people a reason to talk ill of you.
Don’t limit yourself. This has crippled so many people that I know. They limit themselves and never realize their full potential. They are the ones that don’t have the courage to move far from home and put themselves out there for what they really want to do.
Word hard. This is the mystery number that makes it all come together. Hard, hard freakin’ work. Your work might go unnoticed for a long time, but it almost always pays off. I used to always slack off in school, so I was constantly viewed as lazy, or an underachiever. But I applied myself to the things I’m passionate about, and put many years of work to get where I am today. I might have realized many of my dreams, that at one point in time seemed unattainable, but I am fully aware that there is more work to do. I will never rest upon my laurels.
So, in the words of my Nana to sum this whole thing up, just “be good”