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ENWorld's Guide to Life

Here's the idea: everyone posts a pearl of wisdom, or more if you feel your WIS merits it. Maybe someone will learn from it, who knows?

So here's mine: in a relationship, making your partner is easy. The trick is to keep your partner happy. (And on a related note: while "happy wife, happy life" is not necessarily true - in my experience, it's more "unhappy wife, unhappy life")
 

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aco175

Legend
Give new members to these boards XP when they post their first post. Not everyone here, but just one person say welcome and have some XP which we don't really have, but give a like.
 


Sabathius42

Bree-Yark
Simple math without calculators for those of us who didnt learn new math...

To figure out 20% of something (usually for tipping purposes) just move the decimal point of the price to the left one digit and double that amount of money.

20% of $17.33
Is 2 X $1.73
Is $3.46

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The best time to figure out where the water and gas shut off valves are in your house/apartment is as soon as possible, NOT when you have an emergency. As soon as possible is also the best time to test them to ensure they aren't jammed open.
 


DemoMonkey

Adventurer
If you keep a small fire extinguisher for kitchen fires (and good for you!) , do NOT keep it right by/over the stove. In event of a sudden fire the flames may keep you from reaching it.
 


Eltab

Is this a moon, or is it a space station?
Read books as your entertainment*. If you like biographies and/or history (including fiction novels set in history), you may accidentally learn some tidbit "how / how not to get a thing done" that is useful later on.

* Get off the Internet ... wait a minute, what am I saying ?!?
 

Dave Goff

Explorer
It turns out that all those popular kids in high school are just as confused, awkward, and neurotic as you are, believe it or not.

It also turns out that continues to be true throughout life. Remember this in interviews because often the person doing the interview is also pretty nervous, just less so than you are.

When you realize that all of us are still trying to figure ourselves out, it makes it easier to be kind to yourself and them.
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Video games are cheaper than ever and you have inflation to thank for it.

An NES cartridge was $50 in November 1990. That would be $97.25 today.
PS1 games that cost $60 at launch would cost $100 today. First-party Super Mario 64 cost $70 at launch. That would be $112 today.

The $60 price tag is 25 years old. Don't complain about it. Historically speaking, you're getting a bargain.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Video games are cheaper than ever and you have inflation to thank for it.

An NES cartridge was $50 in November 1990. That would be $97.25 today.
PS1 games that cost $60 at launch would cost $100 today. First-party Super Mario 64 cost $70 at launch. That would be $112 today.

The $60 price tag is 25 years old. Don't complain about it. Historically speaking, you're getting a bargain.

This they were $105 back then here, Mortal Kombat was $140.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Being ecstatically happy is not a normal state of being, so don't set your sights on that as a goal. You are unlikely to ever reach it. If you are simply content with your life, job, relationship and have moments of actual joy, then your life is good.

Don't listen to anyone who says, "Make your passion your job." Jobs generally kill passion. Get a job that you can do in the long term, without killing anyone, then keep your passions on the side as therapy.

Almost nothing in life is absolute, including this statement ;)
 


Learn from the mistakes of successful people and the successes of failed ventures.

Lots of people work hard but fail for no fault of their own. Lots of companies make money through dumb luck of being in the right place at the right time. When you follow the story of a champion's rise or a loser's fall, it's difficult to separate out how much they actually deserve credit for.
 

Aeson

Adventurer
Some people count the hits, and ignore the misses. Others count the misses and ignore the hits. Count them both, this is how we learn and grow. We're all going to have highs and lows. It's easy to dwell on the lows and forget the highs. If you look at both, you might find they're about even.
 
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