So today is my final day of being 40 years old and here is what I learned this year:
1- Age is just a number and I feel more motivated, hungry, focused and energized than when I was in my early 20′s.
2- Old friends, with real roots, can come back in your life and it can be awesome.
3- I sat down with Chris Heller, one of those old friends to do a podcast and it was a really special conversation and I learned a lot about myself. I recommend that type of exercise to everyone.
4- Doing the right thing is always the right thing.
5- Meditation is real and being mindful is a game changer.
6- I have a herniated disc in my back (came out of nowhere in May) and it stinks. Don’t take 100% healthy days for granted.
7- I made a commitment to go even harder than normal at work this year and there really is no limit. Commit fully and be amazed at how much further you can go.
8- Gratitude needs to be a part of your game. We are so lucky to be alive and we only get one at bat.
9- Reading is crucial and I think I still prefer real books over digital devices.
10- That being said, podcasts and audio are everything. I consume massive amounts of content on the daily now.
11- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree…
12- I am definitely a morning person.
13- Kids grow up quickly and it is so important to be really present with them. (working hard at getting better at that)
14- I am awful at keeping up with friends and family on the phone. Text and email are much better for me.
15- My Spanish skills, while once a strength, are terrible now.
16- It is important to focus on where you are going, but it is equally important to remember where you came from.
17- This Is Us is an all-time TV Show.
18- Donald Trump is an ass clown.
19- I repeat, Donald Trump is an ass clown.
20 – I committed to doing 40 things for my 40th birthday as part of Chris Heller’s BE40 Facebook Group and though I did fall short (which I was at first annoyed with myself about, but now I am ok with it) I found out that:
21- Canyon Ranch is amazing and everyone should go.
22- Wo Hop is overrated.
23- Cryotherapy was ok, but not amazing.
24- iFLY was fun, but not worth a second session.
25- Going to Ann Arbor with Brett Goffin and no families, was one of the best weekends of the year.
26- Drinking expensive bottles of wine with Noah Yosha was really fun and educational – happy 41st birthday to him today BTW.
27- Not sold on guided meditation classes (yet), as I still think I prefer to do that alone.
28- My ski trip out west with the family was everything I could have hoped for and I am heading back in a few weeks.
29- Daughter date nights were top notch and a mandatory, ongoing tradition.
30- Cooking dinner for the family was not amazing. I am not so skilled in the kitchen to be honest.
31- Live music in NYC was a nice change of pace and something I will continue.
32- Pro soccer game was a lot of fun and I will do it again.
33- Broadway is such an amazing NYC treat and I need to take advantage. Starting with Dear Evan Hansen this Saturday night. (will I cry?)
34- Weekend away with my wife sans kids was special. Need to run that back.
35- Saw LeBron play live and still prefer Jordan.
36- Not 100% sold that I am a Mets fan anymore.
37- Been eating less meat and it has been a good thing. Won’t give it up for now, but don’t need it as much.
38- I care about my wife turning 40 (this year) more than I did about myself last year. She is more important, for sure.
39- Surrounding yourself more with winners is a smart move as is limiting time around negative people.
40- Life is good.
Bottomline is that 40 is an excellent time to sit and reflect on things. The way I see it (despite my herniated disc) it is a time where you are really in your prime personally and professionally and have a lot of control over your own destiny. It is mission critical to be in tune with yourself, be confident and make sure you focus your time and energy on the important things. Looking forward to 41 and will look to top 40. Stay tuned…