A Father’s Instructions for Life

Few months back I read this amazing article in a magazine and I was deeply shaken by the wonderful way of a father instructing his son for life. But the instructions are worth following for everyone so I noted them down which I am sharing here with everyone.

Compliment 3 people each day.

Watch a sunrise at least once a year.

Overtip breakfast waitresses.

Look people in the eye.

Say ‘thank you’ a lot.

Say ‘please’ a lot.

Live beneath your means.

Treat everyone you meet as you want to be treated.

Donate 2 units of blood every year.

Make new friends but cherish the old ones.

Keep secrets.

Don’t waste time learning the ‘tricks of the trade’. Instead, learn the trade.

Admit your mistakes.

Be brave. Even if you are not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

Choose a charity in your community and support it generously with your time and money.

Use credit cards only for convenience, never for credit.

Never cheat.

Give yourself a year and read the Bible\Quran cover to cover.

Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.

Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all he or she has.

Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.

Never take action when you are angry.

Have good posture. Enter a room with purpose and confidence.

Do not discuss business in elevators. You never know who may overhear you.

Never pay for work before it’s completed.

Be willing to lose a battle in order to win the war.

Do not gossip.

Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail.

Don’t expect life to be fair.

Instead of using the word problem, try substituting the word opportunity.

Never walk out on a quarrel with your husband or wife.

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.

Street musicians are a treasure. Stop for a moment and listen; then leave a small donation.

Make a list of 25 things you want to experience before you die. Carry it in your wallet and refer to it often.

Call your mother.

-H. Jackson Brown
‘Life’s Little Instruction Book’

(Photo: Collected from the Web)

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