In 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