Here is why you should take me seriously. I was born in 1942. I have seen what works and what doesn’t.
I have a Ph.D. I am rich by most Americans’ standards. I have never been divorced. I am in good health — and have been since age 9. I am content with my life. There is nothing that I want that I cannot not pay cash for. I spend almost no money on buying consumer goods, except for used books, because I own everything I want, and I have for 30 years.
Take my advice.
I could list these rules by order of importance or by chronology. I chose chronology. You must get into good habits now. Start where you are.
|This is the #1 rule of success in every area of life: exceptional service.|
|Honesty really is the best policy.|
|Progress rests on these words: “Let’s make a deal.”|
|Adopt this as your criterion for decision-making: “Something is better than nothing.”|
|Adopt its corollary: “You can’t beat something with nothing.”|
|Adopt its other corollary: “There is no such thing as a free lunch.”|
|When you receive a gift, say “thanks.” It cost the gift-giver something.|
|Life is a trade-off between time and money. Watch for any unexpected change in the ratio.|
|Early warning signal: when an event a year ago seems like a month ago.|
|Never post anything on Facebook or Twitter that you would not say face-to-face.|
|Be fair to everyone on your way up. You will meet them again on your way down.|
|Memorize people’s names. This will open many doors in life.|
|People are more interested in themselves than in you. So, start with them.|
|When you start a project, finish it. Obvious dead ends are exceptions. Be sure.|
|Start thinking about your lifetime calling. On your calling, watch this.|
|Put your three major lifetime goals in writing. Create plans to achieve them.|
|Work hard for half a day for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter which half.|
|Take one day off each week. No exceptions. Plan your work schedule for this.|
|Budget your time to be in control of your life. Time is the only irreplaceable resource.|
|Cut TV viewing to an hour a day. Use TiVo. Skip the ads.|
|Do the same with social media, texting, and phone calls. One hour, total.|
|Set up a budget for money. Then stick with it. Mint is free.|
|Tithe 10% of your earned/invested income to your church. No church? Then charities.|
|Save 10% of your earned/invested income. Put it in the bank until you have $1,500.|
|Earn some part-time income. Get a job or start a business.|
|Start using Evernote Clipper. Clip articles from now on.|
|Learn screencasting. Screencast-O-Matic is free.|
|Buy an external microphone. The Nady LM-14/U is cheap.|
|Start a YouTube channel. It’s free.|
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