Lessons Learned, 141-150

August 9, 2020
Lessons Learned

Lesson Learned #141

I've learned to be very wary of people who tell me what they say is not what they mean.

Lesson Learned #142

When I was starting out, we had to say yes to almost everything.

Now that we're successful, we have to say no to almost everything.

Lesson Learned #143

Many obedient people got enraged at me when I defied social norms.

I think my success showed their submission was a choice.

They could've chosen another path, but that required them to be courageous, and they hated me for showing that's possible.

Lesson Learned #144

The most disrespectful thing I can do to someone is tell them they shouldn't feel a certain way.

Took me years to understand this.

Mainly because I denied so many emotions in myself, I assumed everyone should do it.

I was wrong.

Lesson Learned #145

It seems to me that you can be popular, or you can tell the truth.

I don't know of many people who do both, at least while still alive.

(Comedians are the only exception I can think of.)

Lesson Learned #146

Whenever someone says "We need" what they really mean is "I want."

Lesson Learned #147

The better the idea, the simpler the words needed to explain it.

Lesson Learned #148

What I refuse to heal internally, comes back externally. It can come in different mediums; the obstacles in my life, the way kids behave, the people I attract. I continue to repeat what I don’t repair.

Lesson Learned #149

What people do for me is a very good indication of what they want me to do for them. This is also how I can understand what I want other people to do for me—by seeing what I do for them.

Lesson Learned #150

You might not believe how many famous people are actually lunatics dealing with their trauma (and ego) by declaring their actions—whatever they are—as a paragon of virtue/wisdom/morality/happiness. Hint: (pretty much) all of them. Ask me how I know...

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Tucker Max

Tucker Max is the co-founder of Scribe Media, a company that helps you write, publish, and market your book.  

He's written four New York Times Best Sellers (three hit #1), which have sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. He's credited with being the originator of the literary genre, “fratire,” and is only the fourth writer (including Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis and Brene Brown) to ever have three books on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time. He was nominated to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List in 2009.

He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Veronica and three children.

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