The advice below was first given to me back in my high school philosophy class. I remember loving the advice so much I would read the list again and again to try and memorize it. It’s been 7 years since that class but I still make it a point to go back to that list. Whether because of my experiences or maybe just time, I always seem to find something new. Sound advice never really ages with time.
There are a lot of variations of this list on the internet so I have selected my top 25 below:
- Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
- Memorize your favorite poem.
- Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
- When you say, “I love you”, mean it.
- When you say, “I’m sorry”, look the person in the eye.
- Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
- Talk slow, but think quick.
- Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- Call your mom.
- When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
- When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Spend some time alone.
- Be open to change, but don’t let go of your values.
- Read more books and watch less TV.
- Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
- Trust in God but lock your car.
- Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
- Never interrupt others when you are being flattered.
- Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
- If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
- Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
- Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
- Remember that your character is your destiny.
- Learn the rules…and then break some.
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