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The 9 Lessons Dillon Lives By

or Boston instructor DILLON NOVAKOWSKI, inspiration comes from his people. Read the nine truths that guide his life, ahead.

We each come across people in our lives that inspire, affect and change us in one way or another, whether it be through a personal relationship or someone who represents ideals that are larger than our own selves. Over the course of my life, I have accumulated people like this whom I look up to and who drive me to be a better person each and every day.

One of the people who has always been a constant is Heath Ledger. While I was only a freshman in high school at the time of his passing, the more and more I read and watch stories about his lifetime, the more I grow as a person. Maybe some of the life lessons I encounter through these stories are idealized posthumously, but there are little bits of wisdom that hold true. He lived a life that was so full and inspirational that anytime I find myself looking for guidance, I look through a list I’ve created from the parts of his life we can all learn from.

1. Keep it real. Be true. Be authentic to yourself in any situation. Any notion of a status quo comes from your own beliefs. You don’t need to impress anyone except yourself.

2. Don’t be afraid to fall. Failure is going to a constant in life, no matter how big or small. The sooner you learn to embrace your failures as an opportunity to grow, the more willing you will be to accept change as a good thing.

3. Create. I think this is the most important thing to me personally. Often times when I’m feeling uninspired, it’s because I’m not making anything new. Constantly create, mess up, try again. Keep your mind flowing with ideas and accumulating knowledge for the future.

4. Shine your light on others. It's easy to let someone else try and dim your flame to make their own brighter. The bold choice is to let it go immediately and keep emitting your radiance on each individual you encounter. The brighter you allow others to shine, the more at peace you are.

5. Don’t be afraid to carve out your own path. There is no right or wrong way to live your life if it is authentic to you and maintains your ideals. Saying no is okay if it doesn’t feel right. Stay steady in your own thoughts and allow them to guide your way forward.

6. Realize yourself. It isn't always as important to realize what you don’t want as it is to realize what you don’t need. Get rid of the baggage that holds you down, that doesn’t tie you to who you truly are. The rest will come with time.

7. Stay different. The general public may try to make you feel less than you are but in the end, if you stay true to your character, that is what will ultimately shine through. No one dictates your life except for you, and only you.

8. Be aware. Look around you at every point in life. There is so much to take in, to grasp, to internalize. Look for the beauty in what exists around you rather than seeking outside for something that might not actually exist.

9. Believe and trust. Last but not least, believe and trust in what already surrounds you in your day-to-day life. There is so much good waiting for you if you just try and manifest it.

There is no simple answer to life — if there was, there would be no challenge to face, no struggle to endure. Find your people and let them make you a better person. My people consist of individuals like Heath, well-known figures from our culture that have lived a life and represent something larger, as well as my closest friends and my family. With them, I know I can endure anything and triumph.

You can catch classes with Dillon at Seaport and Back Bay. Ready to ride? Purchase a series HERE.
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