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Never Stop Learning:: Wisdom from H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Every Friday honors Precept #5 of my Happiness Manifesto: Never Stop Learning.

One thing I’ve realized about learning from the words of others is that even the most timeless idea sounds fresh in someone else’s voice. None of these is rocket science, but re-reading this list always gives me fresh motivation.

I keep it taped over my desk in just the spot where I usually hold my head in my hands, give a sigh that shakes the office; then I look up and find new strength in these words. This week has been all about #8…

Today, H. Jackson Brown, Jr.:

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


One response »

  1. Natalie Ritter

    When reading over this list for the third or forth time (I find it inspiring also) I noticed that while the maxims are simple, they are not easy. It is hard to not blame others and take responsibility. And there are days that I would rather not be generous or loyal or even honest (although I don’t seem to have a problem with being decisive.)
    Overall, though, if you can manage to do most of the items most of the time, it seems that you would end a happier person. Although the individual instances may be difficult, you would eventually become the type of person you’d want as a friend. And hopefully being a self-starter, like most other things in life, would become easier with practice.

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