Life’s Little Instruction Book by H Jackson Brown Jr. www.instructionbook.com
These statements are taken from the above book. The book contains many great pieces of advice that the author has learned throughout his life. Below is a selected of instructions that might be useful.
Your assignment is to read the instructions quietly and make comments in the columns. It will be collected, graded, and worth 15 points. Simple star, highlight, make notes on individual instructions. You do not need to comment on everyone. The activity will take 20 minutes. If you do not read all the instructions, it is fine. As always, do your best!
1 Compliment 3 people each day.
7 Look people in the eye.
21 Learn 3 clean jokes.
25 Ask for a raise when you feel you’ve earned it.
43 Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
56 Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
63 Admit your mistakes.
64 Use your wit to amuse, not abuse.
92 Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision comes 90 % of all your happiness or misery.
96 Attend class reunions.
156 Strive for excellence, not perfection.
171 Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
172 Be kinder than necessary.
186 Be the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
190 Don’t worry you can’t give your kids the best of everything. Give them your very best.
197 Don’t forget a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
202 Show respect for all living things.
204 Choose work that is in harmony with your values.
207 Commit yourself to constant self-improvement.
212 Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes. Learn from them and move on.
232 Keep your promises.
239 Watch the movie It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas.
248 Tape record (or video record) your parent’s memories of how they meet and the first years of their marriage.
249 Hire people smarter than you.
252 Keep it simple.
254 Learn to show enthusiasm, even when you don’t feel like it.
259 Take family vacations whether you can afford them or not. The memories will be priceless.
260 Everyday show your family how much you love them with your words, with your touch, and with your thoughtfulness.
264 Don’t gamble.
266 Lie on your back and look at the stars.
273 Leave everything a little better than you found it.
274 Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years.
284 Never underestimate your power to change yourself.
285 Never overestimate your power to change others.
287 Promise big. Deliver Big.
288 Discipline yourself to save money. It is essential to success.
291 Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
292 Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly.
294 Keep expectations high.
298 Get in shape and stay in shape.
322 Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
326 Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.
330 Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
335 Reread your favorite book.
336 Live your life so that your epitaph could read “No regrets.”
349 Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
374 Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
380 Pay attention to details.
385 Compliment even small improvements.
413 Be enthusiastic about the success of others.
428 Don’t accept “good enough” as good enough.
429 Do more than is expected.
432 Make a list of 25 things you want to experience before you die. Carry it in your wallet and refer to it often. (Many of you did this as an assignment for me in high school.)
439 Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.
442 When meeting someone you don’t know well, extend your hand and give them your name. Never assume they remember you even if you met them before. (This is true of teacher too. I have had over 400 students since you have graduated.)
445 Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed.
453 Never compromise your integrity.
459 When you find a job that’s ideal, take it regardless of the pay. If you’ve got what it takes, your salary will soon reflect your value to the company.
463 Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
466 Set short-term and long-term goals.
477 Go the distance. When you accept a task, finish it.
479 Decide to get up thirty minutes earlier. Do this for a year, and you will add seven and one-half days to your waking world.
496 Don’t be called out on strikes. Go down swinging.
500 When you negotiate a salary, think of what you want; then ask for 10% more.
504 Commit yourself to quality.
507 Your mind can only hold one thought at a time. Make it a positive and constructive one.
508 Be someone’s hero.
541 Keep a diary of your accomplishments at work. Then when you ask for a raise, you’ll have the information you need to back it up.
555 Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.
567 Remember the three Rs: Respect for self; respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
573 Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.
575 Never be photographed with a cocktail glass in your hand.
592 Be the first to fight for a just cause.
594 Remember that no time spent with your children is ever wasted.
629 Do your homework and know your facts, but remember it’s passion that persuades.
668 Pay as much attention to the things that are working positively in your life as you do to those that are giving you trouble.
669 Spend some time alone.
681 Be quick to take advantage of an advantage.
700 Conduct yourself in such a way that your high school would want you to address the graduating seniors.
703 Watch your attitude. It’s the first thing people notice about you.
711 Read more books.
712 Watch less TV.
722 Become your children’s best teacher and coach.
806 Don’t take good friends, good health, or good marriage for granted.
822 Learn three knock-knock jokes so that you will always be ready to entertain children
835 Start everyday with the most important thing you have to do. Save the less important tasks for later.
840 When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.
869 Spend your life lifting people up, not putting people down.
965 Never ignore evil.
968 Remember this statement by Lou Holtz: Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”
981 Be better prepared than you think you need to be.
990 Give handout materials after your presentation, never before.
1021 Someone will always be looking at you as an example of how to behave. Don’t let that person down.
1036 Be thankful you were born in this country
1038 Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from doing little things well.
1055 Never hesitate to do what is right.
1056 Don’t work for recognition, but do work worthy of recognition.
1057 Share your knowledge and experiences.
1071 Remember the word discipline means “to teach.”
1075 Remember that all success comes at a price.
1086 Spend twice as much time praising as criticizing.
1090 Remember the credo of Walt Disney” “Think. Believe. Dream. Dare.”
1094 Remember life’s big changes rarely give warning.
1095 What you have to do, do whole-heartedly.
1113 Start a “smile file” of jokes, articles, and cartoons that make you laugh.
1119 Look for the opportunity that is hidden in every adversity.
1150 Type out your favorite quotation and place it where you can see it everyday.
1157 Offer hope.
1165 Never ask a childless couple when they are going to have children.
1200 Remember you can miss a lot of good things in life by having the wrong attitude.
1229 Teach your children the pride, satisfaction, and dignity of doing any job well.
1239 Remember the cruel words deeply hurt.
1240 Remember that loving words quickly heal.
1244 Keep a special notebook. Every night before going to bed, make a note of something beautiful you saw during the day.
1249 Ask your grandparents to tell you stories about your parents while they were growing up.
1252 To help your children turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.
1394 Teach your children when dividing something, the other person gets first pick of the two pieces.
1421 When you complete a course, shake the instructor’s hand and thank him or her.
1432 Call three friends on Thanksgiving and tell them how thankful you are for their friendship.
1438 Learn your great grandparents’ names and what they did.
1451 Savor every day.
1468 Read biographies of successful men and women.
1473 Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
1476 Don’t expect different results from the same behavior.
1482 Treat your parents to dinner out on your birthday.
1500 Write a thank-you note to your children’s teacher when you see your child learning new things.
1518 Remember the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
1532 Don’t forget your attitude is just as important as the facts.
1535 Take your dad bowling.
This is a phenomenal book with many other great pieces of advice. You may want to purchase a copy for yourself.
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