Twenty things Sagmeister has learned so far

  1. Helping other people helps me
  2. Having guts always works out for me
  3. Thinking that life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now
  4. Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy
  5. Being not truthful always works against me
  6. Everything I do always comes back to me
  7. Assuming is stifling
  8. Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on
  9. Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted
  10. Money does not make me happy
  11. My dreams have no meaning
  12. Keeping a diary supports personal development
  13. Trying to look good limits my life
  14. Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses
  15. Worrying solves nothing
  16. Complaining is silly. Either act or forget
  17. Everybody thinks they are right
  18. If I want to explore a new direction professionally, it is helpful to try it out for myself first
  19. Low expectations are a good strategy
  20. Everybody who is honest is interesting

I guess it is a good place from where to start, stealing other people’s methods and implement them religiously. Eventually I’l find my own, like painters trained by copying the masters, or Jamal Wallace copying that first two paragraphs to then continue with his own words.