As you choose opportunities and ideas, the people you work with, and those you choose to love, those who animate, inspire and energize you will define the quality of your life's experience. Do not waste your time with people who do not help bring out the best in you.
A person of character is committed to tasks that can't be completed in a single lifetime.
It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
You must be willing to accept that things do not come about instantly. Too many people set the cart before the horse, seeking the honour and recognition but without first completing the hazardous journey on low wages in the bitter cold through long hours of complete darkness.
A Burmese road sign:
Life is a Journey. Complete it.
Some things are worth cherishing precisely because they are finite. It isn't how long you live that matters. What matters is what you do when you're alive.
Being kind turns out to be a long term strategy for maximizing impact.