“RealWorld Wisdom from Students Just Like You!”

More than 500 college students from across the country were asked the question, “What are the three most important lessons that you’ve learned in life?” Below is a compilation of their responses (all duplicate/similar answers were either combined or eliminated):

Put God first in all you do.

Be yourself.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Love yourself enough to love others.

Measure your success by how many times you refuse to give up.

Be thankful and grateful for what God has given you.

Set long-term and short-term goals for your life.

A lie never dies…so don’t give birth to one.

If you can’t get excited about living, you might as well be dead.

Follow your heart.

Have faith in your life because you’re here for a purpose.

Everything happens for a reason, and everything will eventually work out.

Stand behind your convictions (keep your integrity).

The best thing you can leave behind is an impression.

Choose your friends carefully.

Value education, not only classroom instruction, but life lessons as well.

Love the Lord with all your heart.

Speak up for yourself.

Build bridges…you never know when you have to cross one.

Have faith when you’re in the valley of life.

Solve your own problems through the power of God.

Knowledge is power.

Never pray for something you can’t handle.

Respect your parents…your life will be a lot easier.

Always respect yourself.

Do for yourself.

Think before you run (to or from it).

Build a strong family.

To thine ownself be true.

Stay in prayer.

Be an example, not an excuse.

It’s much cheaper to borrow experience than to buy it (i.e., learn from other people’s mistakes). As the father of a 2 ½-year-old boy (pray for me), I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciated each student’s participation in this exercise. These are definitely lessons I would like to pass on to my son. I’m sure you would agree that we could all enrich our lives tremendously if we just took action on 25% of the lessons listed on this page. I tell my students that the hardest lesson in life is our failure to master the easy ones. When we fail to master the easy ones [i.e., lessons], they soon become hard ones. Don’t you become a victim to the easy lessons. Make all your mistakes new ones.

If there are lessons that have impacted your life that are not listed here, but you would like to share them with others, please E-mail them to us at jmartin@rwuniversity.com. Who knows? the lesson you share may not just change a life, but save one as well.

Thank you for visiting RealWorld University — “Where Success is the Only Major.” Please come again, and next time tell a friend. As always, live purposefully.

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