15The 5 Most Important Self-Improvement Principles

Lukas Schwekendiek
3 min readOct 30, 2023
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#1 Never Give Up On What Matters — Do not settle, do not compromise and do not give up on what really matters to you.

If you want to own a multi-million dollar mansion, if you want to become a world-renowned leader, if you want to visit a hundred countries and meet thousands of people in each, if you want to change others lives, or even if you just want to get a six-pack do not give it up if it is important.

You want what you want, and there is nothing to be ashamed for or to compromise on. You may not get it straight away, it may take a lot of time, but if you give up on what matters to you, you will not get it. And no compromise will feel good enough.

The only way to lose in anything in life is if you surrender. Everything else is merely a setback.

#2 Don’t Take It So Seriously — Life is only as serious as you make it out to be, nothing more.

Most things that happen to you are not life-threatening and they are not nearly as horrible as you make them out to be.

Yes, your life will turn to crap sometimes, yes, it will be awful, and yes, you will definitely get unlucky… but it will go on! The situations will not suddenly end your existence.



Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post. Coaching available again! Email: Lukas.schwekendiek@gmail.com with the word "Coaching"