Life 2.0 - Ten Steps for Success

In the last few months, I've seen so many instances of philosophies and strategies that we espouse for entreprenuers and businesses actually apply to my real life.  I think its one of the drivers of the whole "Web 2.0" phenomenon that what's happening how is that we're making the web match how we actually want to live, versus living on the web and changing our habits to do so the first time around.

Therefore, I'm going to reapply my recent list for life...  so be happy, healthy, live long and prosper...

1. Solve small problems.  Instead of trying to do everything at once, divide your issues into smaller ones and get them out of the way.  Keep your solutions simple.

2. Surround yourself with a "responsive and chatty audience"--people who challenge you, give you feedback, and tell it to you straight.

3.  Do something new and different.  Now.  Tomorrow.  Every day.

4.  Distribute.  Distribute.  Distribute.  Get out there and reach people with similar interests, pursue your interests.. i.e. get deeply intertwined in the world around you as opposed to waiting for the world to get deeply intertwined in you.

5.  "Don't hold users against their will."  Don't hold on to relationships with people who clearly aren't excited about being in your life.  All you can do is be the best person you can, if they still don't want in, let them go.

6.  Be mindnumbingly simple.  Don't over complicate your life.

7.  Get people hooked on free--give back to the community by volunteering your time, knowledge, etc and demonstrate your value not by asking for big compensation, but by not asking for any at all for a lot of the things you do.

8. Don't waste any money on marketing... i.e. Don't go tooting your own horn.  If people want to sing your praises, fine, but keep the singing of your own praises to a minimum.

9.  Don't overfund.  Money isn't everything.  Too much of it will also cloud your head.  Just do what you find interesting and don't worry about the money--live within your means.

10.  No one sucks.  Strive to find the unique beauty and interestingness in everyone you meet.  Everyone has something to teach you.

And if this doesn't work for you... try the Sunscreen Song.