Ten rules for living

  1. Life isn’t fair. Do something about it.
     
  2. The world may not care about your self-esteem, but having a healthy self-image is more likely to lead to positive relationships with the people to whom you are close and having healthy relationships is the key to having a happy life.
     
  3. Don’t focus on the money. Focus on improving yourself and doing good work. Both of these are more valuable than money.
     
  4. Don’t work for a boss. Work for yourself. Be tough on yourself, but not so much that you crack. Life is hard work, and it’s short, and there’s no reason you should spend it following someone else’s orders. If you work for yourself, you don’t need to start at the bottom and work your way up.
     
  5. You will make mistakes. Don’t look to blame someone, learn from them.
     
  6. Always clean up after yourself. Fix your mistakes, own up to them, before you look to fix other people’s mistakes. Expect others to own up to what they’ve done wrong.
     
  7. In life you’ll find that those in power define winning and success so they are doing it, and you are not. Don’t let other people define for you what it means to be successful.
     
  8. Don’t waste time worrying about what other people think of you. Vanity can be the death of innovation because every moment spent worrying about what the world thinks is time spent not thinking for yourself.
     
  9. Don’t watch television. It will fill your mind with stereotypes, none of which will help you find your own path in life.
     
  10. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~ Plato
     
  11. Bonus: Be insatiably curious about the world.
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