- Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.
- Take good care of those you love.
- 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.
- Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
- Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
- Be a self-starter.
- Be honest.
- Be loyal.
- Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
- Commit yourself to quality.
- Commit yourself to constant improvement.
- Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
- Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
- Persistence, persistence, persistence.
- Have a grateful heart.
- Be generous.
- Be forgiving of yourself and others.
- Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
- Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
- Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
- Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
– H. Jackson Brown Jr., 21 Suggestions for Success
Jackson Brown’s “21 Suggestions for Success” has been on my desk for nearly two decades. It has inspired me many times over the year, and led to many discussions with lawyers who have seen the document in my office.
H. Jackson Brown Jr. is a best selling author on “how to live a happy and rewarding life”. Mr. Brown’s most famous book was a New York Times bestseller (Life’s Little Instruction Book ) and was originally penned as a gift for his son when he was leaving home for college.