Excerpt: How to Live a Full Life (and Leave Nothing on the Table) by 30 – PART II

Ryan Holiday, American author, marketer, entrepreneur, media strategist, media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer…among other attributes, recently turned 30 years old and wrote an article about living a full life for the online publication Thought Catalog.

The following is an excerpt from the article – you can read the full piece at https://thoughtcatalog.com/ryan-holiday/2017/06/how-to-live-a-full-life-and-leave-nothing-on-the-table-by-30/.


How to live and approach life so that at 30 (or 40, or 50, or 60 and beyond), you can honestly feel like you’ve left nothing on the table. That every day is extra.

  • Have a Philosophy — Don’t wing it. Focus. Live by something.
  • Make Time for Real Philosophy Too
  • Exercise Every Single Day — Let endorphins be something you give yourself every day.
  • Don’t Compare Yourself to Other People
  • Sooner Is Not Better — Accomplishments don’t change who you are.
  • Meditate on Your Mortality
  • Be Responsible – but not too responsible — take some calculated risks.
  • Don’t Live Like Every Day Is Your Last — live like it’s the last day of before a deployment. You’d handle your business. You’d spend time with loved ones. You’d cherish your alone time. You’d have fun.
  • Travel (With Purpose)
  • Don’t Waste Time Being Offended
  • Seriously, You Can Do Whatever You Want — The more value you deliver in life, the most freedom and power you have.
  • Know Your Why — You have to know why you do what you do—what you prize and what’s important to you.
  • A To-Do List Every Day — “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?”
  • Design the Ideal Day — Life is too short to not live the way you want.