In this post I present some of my favourite pieces of advice from Life’s Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown with comments based on my experience. Feel free to add your own comments at the end of the post.
Be the first to say, “Hello” – if you don’t know someone’s name, say hello and introduce yourself. Knowing and using a person’s name makes them feel special and recognised. I wrote an article about How to Talk to a Stranger and gave a speech on this topic.
Remember people’s names. I have been practicing a variety of techniques for remembering names and wrote an article on Remembering Names. I’m better at remembering Chinese, Japanese and Korean names than the more “common” Western names!
Become an expert in time management – plan your day and work your plan. Each day ask yourself what two or three things you can do today that will have the biggest impact on your life.
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. The issue is about priority not about having time. If something is important enough you will make time for it.
Success comes to the one who acts first. Don’t wait for everything to be just right. Begin it Now! Don’t procrastinate – get started!
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. I look back over my life and regret many things I could have done but didn’t for a variety of reasons. At school I didn’t do several activities because I was worried what other people would think if I failed or couldn’t success. So what?! Nothing ventured, nothing gained, so seize opportunities and have a go!
Don’t procrastinate. Do what needs doing when it needs to be done. I wrote about a wonderful book titled The Now Habit which has great advice for overcoming procrastination.
Wear out, don’t rust out. Life is for living so live each day to the maximum. Enjoy life, explore, have fun and grow.
Laugh a lot. A good sense of humor cures almost all of life’s ills. And don’t forget to smile a lot 🙂
When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go – be generous with your love and affection 🙂