Words of Wisdom: Part Two 738.5

This is the promised Part Two of my list of words of wisdom for my daughter who just entered college.

  1. Take control of your life by taking control of your attitudes.
  2. Choose to be happy. Choose to be cheerful. Choose to be optimistic.
  3. Pursue your passions, but don’t confuse feelings with facts, fun with happiness, or pleasure with fulfillment.
  4. Listen to both your heart and your head.
  5. If you live a full life, there will be sadness, disappointment, and frustration, but tough times are temporary.
  6. Persist with the confidence that no negative emotion can survive your will to be happy.
  7. Be cautious, but don’t be afraid to risk failure.
  8. Learn from every setback, and, on important things, never, never quit.
  9. Live within your means; keep your needs simple.
  10. Never let your happiness depend on things.
  11. Become known for your honesty and integrity; be someone everyone trusts.
  12. Treat everyone with respect, even when they don’t seem to deserve it.
  13. Be someone others can count on, and find people you can count on.
  14. Be fair, kind, and compassionate even when you don’t feel like it.
  15. Choose friends who want the best for you and bring out the best in you.
  16. Be willing to love with all your heart, but don’t make your happiness depend on the love or approval of anyone.
  17. Insist on being treated with respect; do not make anyone a priority who only makes you an option.
  18. Finally, don’t settle for a little life. Fill it with purpose and meaning, and people worthy of your love and respect.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 4

  1. Joe, Hope you don’t mind me calling you Joe, it just clicks.
    I lisening to you every morning while I’m getting ready for work and this morning when you spoke about taking control of your life I thought of my grandson who recently finished school and is not sure of what or where he is going. He seems confused and is hanging out with some bad influence teenagers.
    He is a good guy but needs to read your words of wisdom because these are extremely great guidelines to follow to make him a better person. As you yourself say every “character Counts” which goes along with ethics.
    Thank you for your words of wisdom and I will be copying your words and sharing them with him.

  2. Michael…this is one of the best of your commentaries! I really needed to read this today. More importantly, I am a college professor and am going to pass these very wise words of wisdom on to my students. I appreciate your commentaries more than I can adequately express! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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