This post was originally published at Blazer Six.

In the time since last writing here I experienced a watershed moment — I bought a $40 cowboy ribeye from the butcher. It was everything a $40 steak should be and more.

I also hit 30 years of age; an appropriate time for reflection.

Some people write insightful songs upon the passing of their youth. I write platitudes. At the same time, the following cliches are also my truths, things I have learned and take to heart. I hope you can glean some nugget of worth.

  • The tools don’t matter as much as the results. Good tools don’t hurt though.
  • Write. It provides structure to undeveloped thoughts. Read for the same reason.
  • Don’t console a down and out friend with unfavorable characterizations of his/her recent ex. They’re getting back together.
  • Life is more than a job.
  • Be thankful, serve others, and stay humble.
  • Some people are predisposed to drama. Avoid them.
  • Stay visible. It doesn’t matter that you can do a job better than another person if they’re more visible. You can’t win a job if no one knows you exist. This ties into writing.
  • Writing, if done well, develops credibility.
  • Get your hands dirty. You’ll feel better for it.
  • Jack Daniels in moderation.
  • If you’re using artificial bait for bass, go with worms. Watermelon with red flecks works good for me.
  • Take time off to reflect and replenish. I like getting outdoors.
  • Always do your best, your reputation is on the line.
  • Work with people who value your contributions. You’ll be miserable otherwise.
  • It’s all fun and games until someone gets hit in the face with a bag of bones. Right Brady?
  • Know when to say no.
  • External validation is nice; internal validation is better. Trust yourself.
  • All a good steak needs is salt and pepper. Anything else and you’re doing it wrong.
  • Don’t get too fancy; simple is usually better.
  • The prime-time slot on “Totally Outrageous Behavior” doesn’t equate to a lot of fame or money. Trust me, keep your day job and your dignity.
  • Texas really is the best.
  • The mountain in front of you is probably bigger than it looks, but it can be conquered.
  • Listening to vinyl is more engaging than digital music. There’s no easy way to skip songs.
  • Give more than you take.
  • It’s hard to mess up a potato, but sour cream will do it every time.
  • The less you charge for a job the more demanding the client. Know your worth and don’t work for free.
  • A country song exists to cure whatever ails you.
  • Be proud, there are a lot of people who didn’t make it this far.
  • Fridays are the worst for publishing posts, but publishing on Friday is better than not publishing at all.
  • Go ahead and treat yourself to a $40 steak, you’ve earned it.
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