15 Short Pieces of Advice To Help You Lead a Healthier, Wealthier, and Wiser Life

Lessons and takeaways from non-fiction books, my personal experience, and my book

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When I wrote Essential Habits, I was writing a book that I wanted to read. I love reading non-fiction books, but I would end up reading 200–300 pages of content and would come away with one great idea. Some of the books I read would have repetitive lessons OR lessons they would repeat from similar books that I have already read. I wanted to boil the book into what Derek Sivers calls a directive — a short piece of advice that tells you what to do — and that’s what Essential Habits is made up of. It’s a book of short pieces of advice that tell you what to do. Here are the top 15 short pieces of advice that will help you lead a healthier, wealthier and wiser life.


  • Upon waking up, practice SAVERS: silence, affirmation, visualization, exercise, reading, scribing (from The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod)
  • Avoid coffee and smartphones as long as you upon waking up, and at least 3 hours before going to bed (from The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma)
  • If you can, get outside and get light. Or better yet, ground yourself by walking barefoot outside. (Tim Ferriss)
  • Practice the second wind exercise (a light exercise: yoga, stretching, a walk) in the afternoon to get additional benefits of exercising. (from The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma)
  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body (Jim Kwik)


  • Wait 30 hours before making any purchases over $30 (The Essentialist podcast)
  • Index funds are a great way to passively invest your money and get solid returns. (Unshakeable by Tony Robbins)
  • Pay yourself first (i.e., invest your money before you spend it; don’t spend your money and invest what’s remaining) (The Wealthy Barber by Dave Chilton)
  • There are three key skills to becoming wealthy: making money, saving money and investing money (James Altucher). If you are missing one skill, you reduce your chances of becoming wealthy.
  • The average millionaire has seven sources of income. A job (i.e., one source of income) isn’t safe anymore.


  • Keep a decision journal that tracks your decisions. Separate the results of a decision from the decision. A good outcome does not mean you made a good decision.
  • Journaling can help clarify feelings, think through problems, and calm your monkey mind.
  • Meditating (doing nothing) is one of the most counterintuitive things to help your productivity.
  • Always consider the long-term impact of the decision you make.
  • Ask for feedback. Don’t take it to heart. Listen and adjust.

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Author of Essential Habits. I write about personal development, work and managing your career. Connect with me at www.wangyip.ca

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Wang Yip

Wang Yip

Author of Essential Habits. I write about personal development, work and managing your career. Connect with me at www.wangyip.ca

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