1.) Move your boundaries.
Every day life's greatest ideas are developed through evolution, just the way nature intended. Quantum leaps are hard and not needed. The only boundary that is unbreakable is "God". By "God" I don't mean religious; far from it - my "God" resides in my inner balance, my conscience, and as my guiding light (the one that tells me what is innately right and what is wrong; there are no shades of grey). It does not require me to go to a place of worship, it requires me to listen to myself...which leads to my second rule.
2.) Enjoy solitude.
There is beauty in solitude; remember the sayings "silence is golden" and it is "better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt"? Whether it means shutting off the TV or "listening to the silence", you need to start.
3.) Embrace pain.
When you are afraid of failing, or of pain, or of the unknown...you will get nothing done in life (be it love, friendship, family, or work). There is beauty in pain and suffering; beautiful profound things can be born out of pain and endurance. This is an extension of never giving up and learning constantly.
4.) Seek balance.
"Yin and Yang" is so much more than culturally trendy words. It's an attitude of the mind and heart together. Man & Woman. Plus & Minus. Black & White. Day & Night. Love & Hate. Take everything in balance and moderation. Don't be a doormat, but don't be an ass. Be kind but don't be patronizing. Be helpful but not to those that abuse your help. Meaningful, profound things in life are NOT the flashy, trendy distractions; they are hidden, covered over, and need time and care to nurture and bring forth.
5.) Question [almost] everything.
Question authority, rules, and society...but never question values; values never change. Honesty and integrity were the same 1,000 years ago as today, and will be the same 1,000 years from now. Our tools change but humanity doesn't.
Sandip currently resides in Calgary, Canada.