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Souza’s Rules to Live By

Posted on June 17, 2011 by in General | No Comments

Remember that everything I know I was taught by someone else, even if only by watching them. I thought I’d share the best of what I’ve learned.

Be nice.

It’s a harsh world and you don’t need to add to the harshness. Do your best to reduce the suck factor. Be nice as much and as often as you can. No one is perfect, and no one can be pleasant all the time, but often it’s a choice, and when it is, choose to be nice.

Start with yourself.

Cut yourself some slack. Occasionally pamper yourself. Laugh at yourself. If you are nice to yourself, it’s much easier to be nice to others – and don’t feel guilty about it.

Help people reach their goals whenever you can.  

And don’t expect anything in return, though who knows. People tend to feel warmly about supportive people.

Make and carry your own happiness.  

There are a lot of unhappy people out there looking for happiness and not finding it. It’s a failing of our society that people think they can find happiness. It’s not at the mall or in a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. Happiness isn’t external; it’s something you have to make yourself. And once you have it, carry it with you and share freely.

Don’t give up on your dreams and goals.  

Even if you suck. I’ve said it a thousand times and will say it a thousand more, you can’t get better at something if you quit. Practice and Perseverance are great teachers, but they don’t offer a fast-track program. Stick with it.

You don’t have to be right (even if you are).  

Not everything in life is a contest. It’s valuable to recognize when being right isn’t important because being a friend always is.

Enough for now. I’ll add more later.

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