Stefan Sagmeister: Things I Have Learned

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Designer Stefan Sagmeister did another TEDtalk titled Happiness by design where the best part was when he shared the list below of “Things I have learned in my life so far” (which later became a book of typographic artwork).

  • Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
  • Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
  • Being not truthful works against me.
  • Helping other people helps me.
  • Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy.
  • Everything I do always comes back to me.
  • Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
  • Over time I get used to everything and start taking it for granted.
  • Money does not make me happy.
  • Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.
  • Assuming is stifling.
  • Keeping a diary supports my personal development.
  • Trying to look good limits my life.
  • Worrying solves nothing.
  • Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
  • Having guts always works out for me.

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Comments

  1. That’s a great list. I think I will print it out and tape it somewhere to remind me of them.

  2. These are such a good reminders. I, we, should be thinking like these always because in the end, it benefits us more and make us happier.

  3. Thank you for sharing the TED talk. It is a very timely video and good reminder with my current work situation.

  4. Blah! Blah!! Blah!!!

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