[March 2, 2020] H. Jackson Brown, Jr. is an American author of several inspirational books. I’m a fan of his and often quote him because he makes plain sense. One of my favorite quotes is the one below. Brown has often written about the idea of success and easy it can be to achieve if we were only to adopt a few simple habits.
“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American author
Good quote, right? Brown’s ideas of fairness, caring, bravery, and integrity are the very same that I’ve been speaking about to young people for many decades. I only discovered Brown’s writings about 15 years ago and immediately went out to buy his book, The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book for about ten bucks; cheap. Number two on his list was “have a dog,” and when I read it, I was an instantaneous fan. This article is not a book review, but I do recommend all his books, most of which I read while checking them out of my local library.
I’m producing all 21 suggestions that parallel much of what makes for a great leader. Note the similarities. Also, I must point this out, that his Number 1 “marry the right person” is something I’ve never mentioned or even suggested. But the advice is golden. Here are his 21 suggestions for success:
- Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
- Work at something you enjoy, and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
- Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
- Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
- Be forgiving of yourself and others.
- Be generous.
- Have a grateful heart.
- Persistence, persistence, persistence.
- Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
- Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
- Commit yourself to constant improvement.
- Commit yourself to quality.
- Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
- Be loyal.
- Be honest.
- Be a self-starter.
- Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
- Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
- Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
- Take good care of those you love.
- Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.
Great list, huh? Your comments and suggestions are welcome!