Life’s Little Instruction Book

book1In 1991 this little book became a publishing sensation. It was widely read and became a popular present – I had two copies. It was written by H. Jackson Brown initially as a gift to his son who was starting as a college freshman.

The book  offers short pieces of advice in a series of numbered sentences 477 in total.  I don’t agree with all of them, but there are some golden nuggets. For example: Be the first to say Hello – Don’t postpone joy – Save ten percent of what you earn and Remember people’s names.

As you can see the format of the book encourages the reader to pick it up and open a page at random.

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I searched the web to see if the book is still in print. It is  available at Amazon in Kindle format and in print as well as from other book sellers. I discovered that Volume 2 and 3 are also available.

Someone has compiled a PDF file of the contents of all three books which I am sure is a copyright infringement. I think an interesting iPhone app could be made of these little instructions.

Reviewing the published list of instructions here are some of my favourites:

  • 34. Learn to identify the music of Chopin, Mozart, and Beethoven.
  • 110. Decide to get up thirty minutes earlier. Do this for a year, and you will add seven and
  • one-half days to your waking world.
  • 157. Take time to smell the roses.
  •  188. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  • 207. Set short-term and long-term goals.
  • 210. Commit yourself to constant self-improvement.
  • 232. Keep your promises

The author has a web site www.instructionbook.com

Kindle edition of all three book: Life’s Little Instruction Book: 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life (Life’s Little Instruction Books)

Print Edition at Amazon : Life’s Little Instruction Book: 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life

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