Yes Life Is Hard But It Doesn't Have To Be

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AUGUST 15, 2016


Yes Life Is Hard But It Doesn't Have To Be


Life is hard. It’s an age-old truth that becomes more and more apparent as responsibilities pile up the older we get. As humans, our job is to do the best we can, while we’re here, and part of that means developing the necessary tools to make our lives easier. Those tools can come in the form of external forces, like say for instance, a smart phone. Or, they can be developed internally, through exercises like meditation, and introspection.

One person who has thought long and hard about the things we can do to make life easier is Yuri Kruman, a “master career strategist and startup executive, according to He was asked “What are 50 things that everyone can do go make life easier?” on Quora recently, and Kruman responded in kind. “These have kept me sane and productive through massive setbacks and heartbreak -- and successes, too,” he wrote.

Some universal guidelines that we should all adhere to include getting the proper amount of sleep, being productive in the morning, and going for a walk everyday. According to Eric J. Olson, M.D., the average adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep a night. That will lead to you feeling refreshed in the morning instead of groggy, making that walk a pleasure instead of a chore.

Kruman also suggests losing all the clutter in your home and your life. “It keeps you tied to the past, whereas you should be living in the present and focusing on a better future,” he says. “Keep what you accumulate to a minimum.” One thing you should keep however, is a journal. Kruman finds that “few things are more fulfilling and better for gaining perspective than finding your old impressions years later.”

Other mini-habits you should adopt to help you live your best life include judging people less, being forgiving, and listening more than you speak.

For more of Kruman’s tips on how to make life easier, visit

Yuri Kruman

Yuri Kruman is a trusted career, business and life coach and professional strategist based in New York. As Member of the Forbes Career Council and CEO / Founder of Master The Talk Career Success Consulting, he has helped clients of all career stages, industries and job markets around the world (and all around the U.S.) to chart a clear path in their careers, building confidence and understanding along the way.

Since 2013, he’s shared his expertise and empowered people with the knowledge they need to find, compete for and win their dream jobs, revamping their résumé, acing that interview and negotiating for the title and salary they deserve. 

He has worked with and consulted for seemingly every sector of the professional world, from tech startups to multinational banks, pharmaceutical companies, law and academia—experience he now brings to help individuals set clear goals toward career advancement. 

Yuri has helped build venture-backed health tech startups (Maxwell Health, Liazon, Baby Doctor), consulted large banks and hedge funds (Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Fortress Investment Group), as well as worked in law (various large law firms) and academia (NYU).

Yuri is likewise a well-published author and health tech entrepreneur. He's been featured on Inc., Fast Company, BBC, Time, PBS, Thought Catalog,, WorkAwesome and CareerHeads. Yuri blogs on careers, consumer psychology, health and productivity at He has worked in healthcare, finance and law.

He has spoken at General Assembly, The Muse, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, among others. 

Yuri has published two novels of fiction, poetry and various essays and op-eds. He lives with his wife and two children in New York.