COMMENTARY: Eighteen Random Rules of Life

I love maxims, those concise capsules of worldly wisdom. I collect them and write them and, of course, love to share them. Here are 18 random rules of life worth posting on your mirror or, better yet, using as dinner-time discussion starters.

  1. Find the lesson in every failure and you’ll never fail.
  2. The likelihood that you’re right is not increased by the intensity of your conviction.
  3. Real friends help you feel worthy and make you want to be better.
  4. When you’re in a hole, stop digging.
  5. Don’t confuse fun with fulfillment, or pleasure with happiness.
  6. Refusing to let go of a grudge is refusing to use the key that will set you free.
  7. Hating hurts you more than the person you hate.
  8. Counting on luck is counting on random chance. Your odds are much better when you plan and work.
  9. Being kind is better than being clever.
  10. Don’t underestimate the power of persistence.
  11. The easy way is rarely the best way.
  12. It’s much easier to burst someone else’s bubble than to blow up your own.
  13. You can’t avoid pain, but you can avoid suffering.
  14. Self-pity is a losing strategy. It repels others and weakens you.
  15. Shortcuts usually produce short success.
  16. Control your attitude or it will control you.
  17. It’s more important to be significant than successful.
  18. The world is waiting for you to heal it.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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