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RULES OF LIFE – Do you know them?

I wanted to share with you some thoughts from Babette Bensoussan, a great Australian colleague who founded MindShifts, a management consulting company that works with companies and their leaders to enable them to be successfully survive and thrive in their industries.  Babette works with organizations and their leadership in organizational strategy and as an executive coach.  She is a recognized public speaker and best selling author.  She is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology School of Business.  I loved this column that emphasizes the personal attitudes that lead to success.  Jack Speer

For some of you, you have now started the third quarter of 2019, for others you are in the first quarter of the new financial year.  So I felt it appropriate to remind you of what the Rules of Life really are. Here goes…

  1.  If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. “Every day above ground is a good day!”
  2. Learn to pick your battles; ask yourself, “Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?”
  3.  The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship are “I apologize” and “you are right.”
  4. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  5. You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.
  6. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you.
  7. Work is good, but it’s not that important. Money is nice, but you can’t take it with you. Statistics show most people don’t live to spend all they saved; some die even before they retire. Anything we have isn’t really ours; it was given to us by God; He just let us borrow it while we’re here…. even our kids.
  8. Be assured that most of your problems will disappear by themselves if you don’t get too attached to them.
  9. Worry is a misuse of the imagination.
  10. The wonderful thing about the game of life is that winning and losing are only temporary — unless you quit.

A great way to make sure you’re following the Rules of Life is to have a constant reminder – You could print this off and post it near your desk, or maybe a handful of the above really resonate with you. Jot these on Post-it notes and place in strategic areas in your home/office/car and let them serve as daily affirmations.


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Carol Kallendorf, PhD. | (512) 417-9756 

Jack Speer | (512) 417-9428


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