1. Back when graphics were still screen printed as opposed to being applied via heat transfers, a buddy showed me that you could spray OFF! insect repellant on your board and wipe the graphics off. So I started removing my graphics and replacing them with my own dorky drawings. There's undoubtedly some significance here in regards to my chosen career path.
2. One of my favorite skateboarders when I was younger was Matt Hensley. For years I dressed like him and copied his hairstyle (buzz cut). I looked super dorky with such short hair because I have big ears. Nevertheless, time and time again I clicked on the clippers and went for it. What I learned from this is that you don't have to look or dress like your heroes to appreciate them. It's actually cooler if you don't.
3. This goes for life in general, but I've learned that there are way more people who talk about doing things than there are people that actually follow through and do things, whether that be making a video, starting a company, making a zine, etc. Try to find the people who actually see things through and hang out with them.
4. I learned that it's better to not bomb a hill after drinking a 40oz of Olde English "800" malt liquor. It only took seven stitches above my left eyebrow to learn that.
5. I've also learned that you don't have to be good at something to love it. I've been skating for 28 years and I'm still barely mediocre at it. Nevertheless, it makes me so happy to roll around, even if I'm just doing kickturns and scratch grinders.