21 Suggestions for Success

I was at the school, mapping out my daughter's plans for college with the counselor. On the wall of his office was a large poster with these suggestions from H. Jackson Brown. They're such good suggestions, I wanted to share them. I'd also like to play them on a continuous cycle while my kids sleep and have them ingrained in their minds and hearts. Imagine what the world would be like if we lived by these suggestions.

I especially agree with what he picked for his number 1. Oh how I hope my children marry people who will make their lives easier and not harder.
  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  6. Be generous.
  7. Have a grateful heart.
  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  12. Commit yourself to quality.
  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  14. Be loyal.
  15. Be honest.
  16. Be a self-starter.
  17. Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong.
  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  19. 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.
  20. Take good care of those you love.
  21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.
Have a wonderful day!

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Scott / Lori said...

That is a great list!!! Thanks for sharing it.

Susan said...

Love it, love it, love it.

John said...

awesome! It would be wonderful if good thoughts like these just naturally came to mind daily. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

A great list, but I think #1 is understated. I think it is much closer to 100 percent. The other twenty will only be possible if you marry right. LDH

missy said...

I totally love this! I've been trying to decide what to put up in my son's new office. This is perfect! Thanks. I'm so glad I can check #1 off my list as completed. Hooray!! :)

Rebecca Adams said...

Thanks for sharing! I might just 'steal' this and post it on my blog. :)

Anonymous said...

great list. If we did all of these we would be really amazing individuals. But wait! We are all amazing individuals anyway...but we can always use a little help doing better.

Anonymous said...

Just want to to say once again that I LOVE THE BOOK, "GIFTED." I am excited to read your next book. You are truly an amazing person. LMH