When you meet someone new, treat that person as a friend. Assume he or she is a winner and will become a positive force in your life. Most people wait for others to prove their value. Give them the benefit of the doubt from the start. Occasionally you will be disappointed, but your network will broaden rapidly if you follow this path.

Byron Wien shares the invaluable life lessons he learned in his first 80 years.

Pair with Debbie Millman’s 10 things to learn sooner rather than later.

For #4, see Carl Sagan on reading and Virginia Woolf on how one should read a book. For #5, see how sleep shapes your every waking moment. For #7, see Benjamin Rush’s advice on travel. For #17 see how to hone your purpose and how to find fulfilling work.

( Barry Ritholtz)