Life’s little instruction book

  • Make it a habit to do nice things for people who’ll never find out.
  • Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
  • Don’t do nothing because you feel you can only do little. Do what you can.
  • When starting out, don’t worry about not having enough money. Limited funds are a blessing, not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way.
  • When someone is relating an important event that’s happened to them, don’t try to top them with a story of your own. Let them have the stage.
  • Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.
  • Give yourself one hour to cool off before responding to someone who has provoked you. If it involves something really important, give yourself 24 hours.
  • When walking through a room, do one thing to make it more organized and beautiful.
  • Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.
  • Be tough-minded, but tender-hearted.
  • Don’t waste time responding to your critics.
  • Resist telling people how something should be done. Instead, tell them what needs to be done. They will often surprise you with creative solutions.
  • Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the tactics.
  • Give people a second chance but not a third.
  • Never take action when you are angry.
  • Be insatiably curious. Ask ‘Why’ a lot.
  • Measure people by the size of their hearts, not by the size of their bank accounts.
  • Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  • Don’t forget a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
  • Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  • Choose work that is in harmony with your values.
  • Remember that 80 pct of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
  • Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the caller’s.
  • Spend less time worrying who’s right, and more time deciding what’s right.
  • Never tell anyone they look tired or depressed.
  • Be cautious about lending money to friends. You might lose both.
  • Remember that overnight success usually takes about 15 years.
  • Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Never overestimate your power to change others.
  • Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  • Remember that a marriage depends on two things – finding the right person and being the right person.
  • Don’t believe people when they ask you to be honest with them.
  • Judge your success by the degree you are enjoying peace, health and love.
  • Don’t bore people with your problems. When someone asks how you feel, say ‘Terrific’.
  • Refrain from envy. It’s the source of much unhappiness.
  • Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have the same number of hours per day as Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Alvert Einstein.
  • Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.
  • Live your life so that you epitaph could read ‘No regrets’.
  • Don’t be fooled. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • To explain a romantic break-up, simply say ‘It was all my fault’.
  • Just to see how it feels, or the next 24 hours refrain from criticizing anybody or anything.
  • Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  • Never give a loved one a gift that suggests they need improvement.
  • Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed “If I’d only spent more time at the office.”
  • When you know you need help, don’t delay asking for it.
  • Improve your performance by improving your attitude.
  • Don’t miss the magic of the moment by focusing on what’s to come.
  • Be more concerned with living wide than living long.
  • Never admit at work that you are tired, angry or bored.
  • After you’ve worked hard to get what you want, take the time to enjoy it.



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