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A Father’s Instructions for Life

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 10/09/2011

(Readers Digest, September 1992, pp. 129-137)

Condensed from ‘Life’s Little Instruction Book” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.



Admit your mistakes.

Be bold and courageous.

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

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

Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

Call your mother.

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

Compliment three people each day.

Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.”

Don’t be afraid to say “I’m sorry.”

Don’t discuss business in elevators. You never know who may overhear you.

Don’t expect life to be fair.

Don’t gossip. Keep secrets.

Don’t procrastinate. Do what needs doing whenit needs to be done.

Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly.

Forget committees. New, noble, world-changing ideas always come from one person

working alone.

Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his deathbed, “Gee, if I’d only spent more

time at the office.”

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

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

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

Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.

Look people in the eye.

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

refer to it often.

Make new friends but cherish the old ones.

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

Never pay for work before it’s completed.

Never take action when you’re angry.

Never underestimate the power of forgiveness.

Never walk out on a quarrel with your wife.

Overtip breakfast waitresses.

Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.

Regarding furniture and clothes: if you think you’ll be using them five years or longer, buy

the best you can afford.

Say “please” and “thank you” a lot.

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

Treat everyone you meet as you want to be treated.

Watch a sunrise at least once a year:

When faced with a serious health problem, get at least three medical opinions.

When you look back on your fife, you’ll regret the things, you didn’t do more than the ones

you did.


One Response to “A Father’s Instructions for Life”

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