|Thirty-Seven Life Lessons I Keep Re-learning Every Day
||[Apr. 12th, 2006|03:11 pm]
1. Adversity is a test, and other people are watching to see how you handle it.
2. Attitude is everything.
3. Be careful how you treat strangers. The kid pouring your coffee today could be your boss tomorrow.
4. Before you complain, ask yourself, “Is this something I would want to hear?”
5. Before you snap at a friend or co-worker in a flash of momentary anger, stop for a moment and remind yourself, “No, it’s not okay, they won’t understand.”
6. Before you spend your money, ask yourself, “Where is the money coming from? How am I going to have to pay for this later? Is this something I absolutely must have?”
7. Don’t wear out your welcome. Move along before it’s time to, and leave them wanting more.
8. Do something about your breath.
9. Don't be afraid to fail, especially if you learn from the experience.
10. Given a choice, if you can’t say something positive, don’t say anything.
11. If people like you, it's harder for them to get mad at you.
12. If you dress like a bum, people will treat you as one.
13. If you must complain, make sure it's damned important.
14. It's easier to be a friend than to be an enemy.
15. Memorize the name of the person you're with -- say it to yourself several times. You never know when you'll be expected to introduce them to someone.
16. Much as you would like to believe otherwise, you are not the world’s most considerate person. Bear that in mind whenever you get the urge to just “let it all hang out”.
17. Never forget the importance of a good first impression.
18. Never pass up a chance to take a restroom break. You never know when the next one will be.
19. Never pass up a good learning opportunity.
20. Never tell people about the dream you had last night. They don’t care, and they wouldn’t understand it anyway.
21. Play a game with yourself called, “How long can I go without spending money today?”
22. Smile more.
23. Sometimes you can solve someone’s problem just by listening to them talk about it.
24. Stay in touch with your family, especially your parents. They won’t be around forever.
25. The best way to have friends is to be one.
26. Trust your instinct. If a deal seems too good to be true, it most certainly is.
27. Try not to complain. People don't want to hear it, and it probably won't make you feel any better.
28. Try to be the best person you can. Sometimes just making the effort is enough.
29. Try to leave a location in better shape than you found it.
30. Try to see things the way other people do.
31. When someone pays you a compliment, don’t make excuses. Just smile and say, “Thank you.”
32. When all else fails, follow the directions.
33. When in doubt, do the right thing.
34. When you’re out with someone, make that person the center of your attention.
35. Whenever you’re in trouble and someone says, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do,” don’t tell them. Just say, “Thanks. I’ll remember.”
36. Write something, create something, even if it’s nothing more than a few words on the back of a grocery receipt.
37. You have the power to make someone else’s day just a little more difficult. Don’t use it.
© 2009 Gerald Fitzgerald