6 Simple Rules for Life Success

Sometimes you just need a basic framework for success. I haven’t thought about this directly in years, but this is a list I made back when I was in high school (2008!) and still figuring ‘life’ out. Least to say I live by these rules everyday and have been so for nearly a decade. I am a much more positive person because of it. Life is all about maximizing your internally derived happiness.

  1. Don’t compare your life to others, or feel where others are successful you’re are shortcoming.
    • Comparison is the thief of Joy!
    • It’s ok to constructively compare yourself to someone else, but only when learning.
  2. Make peace with your past
    • Similarly, if you dwell on past events you will never get passed them. Instead, use knowledge of your own history to learn from mistakes you’ve made.
  3. Time heals all wounds
    • Tragedies, financial loss, employment loss. This can all hurt, but there makes little sense in crying over it. Take some time to grieve, but also remember to get back up on your feet and that… in time… everything will be better.
  4. The only person responsible for your own happiness is you
    • And you should Maximize your happiness, while remaining humble. Spend time with Family and Friends. Enjoy experiences and life.
  5. Don’t worry about what other people think of you
    • Everyone has a right to an opinion. You’re better spending your time thinking about pretty much anything else than what someone else thinks of you. Be yourself.
  6. Smile
    • Smile as much as you can.
    • I find that if I smile more, the people around me also smile more. I also find that I am generally happier. Perhaps it’s the placebo effect… I don’t deny it could be. But if I do really feel happier what does it matter?

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