What I’ve Learned (So Far)

As is the case with most of my writing, my intention with this list was to bring some clarity to my own thoughts. And while I wrote these lessons for myself, it’s my hope that they provide some fresh perspective and perhaps a little inspiration to those who read it.

In no way do I claim them to be universal, but simply impactful in the life I’ve led.

Do I follow them all the time? Heck no! But it is something I aspire to do because when I do follow them, my life is unquestionably better.

It’s an ever-changing, ever-growing list and there’s nothing I like better than discussing it with other people, so please send me your thoughts! I equally love hearing when people are passionately inspired or when they vehemently disagree.

So without further ado, I hope you enjoy the Lessons I’ve Learned (So Far)…

Chris Regan
September 19th, 2018
Denver, CO


  1. Meditate
  2. Be grateful, it makes you happy
  3. Reflect regularly
  4. Happiness is relative
  5. Kill your TV
  6. The news is depressing
  7. Comparing yourself to anyone else is a terrible idea (especially on social media)
  8. Get into nature as frequently as possible
  9. Don’t run from pain, it’s the best action signal
  10. Being a sports fan is a waste of time
  11. Practice deprivation


  1. Exercise every day
  2. Fast
  3. Get enough sleep
  4. Eat mostly plants
  5. Coffee is good for you no matter what anyone says
  6. Some drugs are ok if used appropriately
  7. Mal’ahk in the shower
  8. Nothing good happens after midnight


  1. Religious dogma is stupid
  2. Putting things into the universe works
  3. Know your values
  4. Helping others is the most fulfilling activity
  5. Hell Yes or No


  1. Own a few, high-quality things – but not furniture
  2. Don’t get into credit card debt
  3. Save your money
  4. Draw up your ideal life
  5. Money is not everything, but it helps to not worry about it


  1. Read
  2. Journal
  3. Travel, alone if possible
  4. Write something every day, write it for yourself
  5. Adopt the Growth Mindset
  6. Self-help can be cheesy but it works
  7. Regularly seek out discomfort/Get out of your bubble
  8. Become aware of biases
  9. Listen to Tim Ferriss


  1. Communication is the most important thing 
  2. Be with your family as much as possible
  3. Surround yourself with people who are better than you, leave people who bring you down
  4. Remember people’s names and one thing about them
  5. Smile
  6. Don’t go to bed angry
  7. Promiscuity early helps monogamy later
  8. Good things tend to happen when people like you

Work & Productivity

  1. The best job is the one you make
  2. If you don’t like your job, quit
  3. Success is as much about luck as it is hard work
  4. Things are better done than perfect
  5. Set short-term goals
  6. Plan out your day
  7. Routines are helpful, refreshing them is vital
  8. Maker/Manager schedule
  9. Social media is a necessary evil
  10. Confidence with job, presenting yourself to people is way more valuable than tangible knowldge (MBA); both is unstoppable
    • don’t wait for someone to tell you you’re ready; take initiative for your own development. Take risks (going for promotion you’re not qualified for, taking client for website design without design knowledge)
    • proactively meeting people, growing network compared to waiting people to come to you

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