A Father’s Instructions for Life by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

In Personal, Reflection on December 22, 2010 at 13:32
  1. Compliment three people each day.
  2. Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
  3. Look people in the eye.
  4. Say “thank you” a lot!
  5. Say “please” a lot as well.
  6. Live beneath your means.
  7. Treat everyone you meet as you want to be treated
  8. Make new friends but cherish the old ones. Keep secrets!
  9. Don’t waste your time learning the “tricks of the trade.” Instead, learn the trade.
  10. Admit your mistakes.
  11. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  12. Never cheat.
  13. Give yourself a year and read the Bible from cover to cover.
  14. Learn to listen. Opportunity knocks very softly.
  15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all he or she has.
  16. Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.
  17. Never take action when you’re angry.
  18. Have good posture. Enter a room with purpose and confidence.
  19. Be willing to lose a battle in order to win the war.
  20. Do not gossip.
  21. Be aware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  22. When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail.
  23. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say “no” politely and quickly.
  24. Do not expect life to be fair.
  25. Never underestimate the power of forgiveness.
  26. Instead of using the word “problem,” try substituting the word “opportunity.”
  27. Regarding furniture and clothes: if you think you’ll be using them five years longer, buy the best you can afford.
  28. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
  29. After encountering inferior service, food, or products, bring it to the attention of the person in charge. Good managers appreciate knowing.
  30. Do not procrastinate.
  31. Get your priorities straight.
  32. Do not be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”
  33. Do not be afraid to say, “I’m sorry.”
  34. Make a list of 25 things you want to experience before you die.
  35. Call your mother.

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