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

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

Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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