Drew BarontiniProduct Director at Differential

30 Lessons


January 03, 2020

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1 min.

For the month of November last year, I participated in National Novel Writing Month — abbreviated as NaNoWriMo — to write 30 lessons, one lesson for each day. This amounted in over 10,000 words. The distillation of that work is shared here, and I will be posting longer posts for each lesson.

  1. Priorities should be framed against how you'd reflect on it later in life.
  2. Validating another's emotions is better than solving their problem.
  3. "I don't know." is a perfectly acceptable answer.
  4. Leadership is about giving control in order to get control.
  5. Managing your time is just like managing your money.
  6. There is a big difference between productivity and effectiveness.
  7. Working smarter is infinitely better than working harder.
  8. Principles are more important than prescriptive methodologies.
  9. Writing is one of the most important things to do for mental health.
  10. If you don’t prioritize your time, someone else will.
  11. Appreciate what you have, or you'll never appreciate what you get.
  12. Being a good partner is about knowing when and how.
  13. Nobody is ever "ready" to be a leader.
  14. The only thing you can truly control is your reaction to what happens.
  15. Nothing has to be done in perpetuity.
  16. Creativity can be scheduled.
  17. Learning habit-forming techniques is immensely powerful.
  18. Accomplishing big things is about finishing a bunch of little things.
  19. Sometimes solving a problem means you need to walk away from it.
  20. The next morning is better than the end of the day for problem-solving.
  21. When someone says something that bothers you, follow up immediately.
  22. Don’t prescribe a solution without fully understanding the problem.
  23. When you buy something new, give away something old.
  24. Time is the most important and valuable resource in life.
  25. Be more in tune with how you feel.
  26. Assume the best in other people and their intentions.
  27. Optimize around your own energy levels.
  28. Invest in quality products you need and actually use.
  29. Invest in relationships you care about.
  30. There’s no need for regrets.