Words of wisdom from ‘Life’s Little Instruction Book’


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"Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out." — H. Jackson Brown Jr.
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Words of wisdom from…

Life’s Little Instruction Book

— H. Jackson Brown Jr. —

  • Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
  • Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out.
  • Leave everything a little better than you found it.
  • Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.
  • The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it.
  • When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.
  • Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love.
  • Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
  • Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on.
  • Never cut what can be untied.
  • Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  • Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
  • Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  • Never overestimate your power to change others.
  • Never underestimate your power to change yourself.
  • Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’.
  • Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  • Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.
  • Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best.
  • Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  • Don’t major in minor things.
  • Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly.
  • Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
  • Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  • Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers.
  • Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
  • Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years.
  • Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.
  • Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right.
  • Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of your happiness or misery.


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