Suggestions for Success...

Since I appear to be having trouble sorting through my own thoughts today and have resigned myself that I will not come up with anything witty or creative (not that any day is any different), I’ve decided pass along this instead.

For the most part, I believe these to be true…although I do struggle with a few of the suggestions…

Suggestions For Success
by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  • Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  • Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.
  • Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  • Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  • Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  • Be generous.
  • Have a grateful heart.
  • Persistence, persistence, persistence.
  • Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  • Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  • Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  • Commit yourself to quality.
  • Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  • Be loyal.
  • Be honest.
  • Be a self-starter.
  • Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong.
  • Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  • 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.
  • Take good care of those you love.
  • Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.


JW.BW said…
All so very true!!! Great post!
Brian Miller said…
i agree some of these are no always easy, but they seem to be pretty good runs for life...
@JW - Thanks! Good to "see" you - It's been a little while. Hope you are feeling better.

@Brian - Yeah, some of these are tougher than others.
Rachel said…
I needed to hear that.
M.J. said…
Easier said than done...
@Rachel - Glad you liked it.

@MJ - I totally agree.
Sylvia said…
Great suggestions, but some of them impossible."Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent." - they won't let me, because I'm a foreigner."Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary." - the money isn't enough not even for a whole month. It's hard to do it on a minimum wage. "Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud." - depends on what makes mummy proud; fame and fortune... What happens when we work and study the hardest way, nine hours with a smile and sympathetic words, but you just can't progress because you're a foreigner? I know the answer. :) I loved your comment to the Adoption theme. I never thought that it could be as you said. It's just not fair. How can it be that you love a child as your own and someone takes her away, God knows with which intentions. It would break me too in all the ways. It's very hard to take a decision like that!
otin said…
That sounded kind of like the boy scout oath! lol.

Good thoughts to shoot for!
Joshua said…
I have to admit that the saving money one is easy for me. I'm a cheap bastard. My wife and I each have a $40/week allowance that we can spend on whatever we want, except drugs and hookers. That was a tough one for me. ;^) Drives her crazy that I can go through an entire week spending less than $5. Most weeks it's less than $2. But the way I see it, I save the vast majority and after a few months I can buy something large and or expensive. Case in point, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and right now I'm saving up for a new digital camera. One with a manual focus lens and nice display. I don't have my eye on one specific yet; I just know I'll need at least $500 for it.

Joshua said…
Oh...and thank you. I just saw I have you as a new follower. Much appreciated.

Thanks for some reminders. Great blog.

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