Five life lessons: what not to do

by Trey Campbell,

In June of 2015, I was the Commencement Speaker for Nossi College of Art in Nashville, TN. As is the process of writing a speech, some good material was cut out due to time restrictions and relevance. I recently came across a few of the cuts and thought it would be worth reviving, sharing with anyone who it may help.

In no particular order of importance, I want to share five one-liners of what I like to call “what-not-to-dos.” And I know exactly what not to do because I am guilty of some, if not all. Throughout your life, you’ll likely find yourself at a crossroads with these life situations. As you read them, think about how they apply in all aspects of your life – from your faith to your function.

what not to doSo, let’s get started:

  1. Don’t be your own worst enemy because you over-complicate things.
  • Just keep it simple. Everything you do can be simplified.


  1. Don’t let the noise of this world distract you from your calling.
  • Concentrate on your passions. Make it happen.


  1. Don’t drift from your passions because you lose hope.
  • Persistence can be a most-positive virtue. Be persistent about your passions. Everyone reading this has potential. That potential starts with a passion.


  1. Don’t lose your ability to believe in yourself and your dreams.
  • If you dream it, you can achieve it. If there is a hurdle, jump over it. If there is a roadblock, there is always a detour.


  1. Don’t get comfortable with your situation or place in life.
  • Comfort is both fleeting and defeating. Discomfort is what will drive you to greatness.


Has one of these resonated with you? If so, let me know and I will expand on it with a future blog post:


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