Instructions For Life

  • Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.
  • Be kinder than necessary.
  • Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  • Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  • Don’t major in minor things.
  • Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  • Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  • Take care of your reputation. It’s your most valuable asset.
  • Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed.
  • Watch for big problems. They disguise big opportunities.
  • Believe in love at first sight.
  • Talk slow but think quick.
  • Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  • Always put something in the collection plate.
  • Turn enemies into friends by doing something nice for them.
  • Remember that a good example is the best sermon.
  • Don’t let weeds grow around your dreams.
  • Don’t take good friends, good health, or a good marriage for granted.
  • Pray. There is immeasurable power in it.
  • Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • Never ignore evil.
  • Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.
  • Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
  • Spoil your wife, not your children.
  • Never be too busy to meet someone new.
  • To help your children turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.
  • Remember that life’s most treasured moments often come unannounced.
  • Become the world’s most thoughtful friend.
  • Rebuild a broken relationship.
  • Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity of others.
  • Never resist a generous impulse.
  • Don’t live with the brakes on.
  • Accept a breath mint if someone offers you one.
  • Love deeply and passionately.  You might get hurt, but it’s the only way to live life completely.
  • Never drive while holding a cup of hot coffee between your knees.
  • In disagreements, fight fairly.  No name calling.
  • Eat a piece of chocolate to cure bad breath from onions or garlic.
  • Never remind someone of a kindness or act of generosity you have shown him or her.  Bestow a favour and forget it.
  • When you get really angry, stick your hands in your pockets.
  • Accept the fact that regardless of how many times you’re right, you will sometimes be wrong.
  • Every once in a while ask yourself the question, If money weren’t a consideration, what would I like to be doing?
  • Never give anybody a fondue set or anything painted avocado green.
  • Remember the 3 Rs: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
  • Plant zucchini only if you have lots of friends.
  • Take along a small gift for the host or hostess when you’re a dinner guest.  A book is a good choice.
  • Never be photographed with a cocktail glass in your hand.
  • Don’t marry a woman who picks at her food.
  • Take off the convention badge as soon as you leave the convention hall.
  • Write a short note inside the front cover when giving a book as a gift.
  • Never give a gift that’s not beautifully wrapped.
  • Don’t think expensive equipment will make up for a lack of talent or practice.
  • Learn to say “I love you” in French, Italian, and Swedish.
  • When you are totally exhausted but have to keep going, wash your face and hands and put on clean socks and a clean shirt.  You will feel remarkably refreshed.
  • Life will sometimes hand you a magical moment.  Savour it.
  • Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.
  • Check for toilet paper before sitting down.
  • Marry a woman you love to talk to.  As you get older, her conversational skills will be as important as any other.
  • Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
  • Live a good, honourable life.  Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
  • Purchase one piece of original art each year, even if it’s just a small oil painting by a high school student.
  • Keep your private thoughts private.
  • Don’t do business with anyone who has a history of suing people.
  • Never say anything uncomplimentary about your wife or children in the presence of others.
  • Apologise immediately when you lose your temper, especially to children.
  • Get organised.  Know where you are headed.  But if something wonderful and unexpected comes along, be flexible enough to follow it.
  • Remember that nothing important ever happens until someone takes a chance.
  • Never pick up anything off the floor of a cab.
  • In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation.  Don’t bring up the past.
  • Leave change where a child can find it.
  • Share your knowledge.  It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  • When travelling the back roads, stop whenever you see a sign that reads “Honey for Sale.”
  • Don’t outlive your money.
  • When your dog dies, frame its collar and put it in a window facing west.
  • Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • Let some things remain mysterious.
  • Never eat a sugared doughnut when wearing a dark suit.
  • Keep and file the best business letters you receive.
  • Hire people more for their judgement than for their talents.
  • Love someone who doesn’t deserve it.
  • Regardless of the situation, react with class.

// Jackson Brown and H. Jackson Brown, Jr. in “Life’s
Little Instruction Book”


1 Response to “Instructions For Life”

  1. October 25, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

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