21 Tips for Success in life and business

written by john c ashworth

I discovered this tips for success list at a garage sale in more than 15 years ago and have had it hanging in my office ever since.

H. Jackson Brown Jr, author of the famous "Life's little instruction book", compiled this beautiful little list with the same kind of wisdom in his book. The kee kind of perceptions that we can all cultivate for more success in life and business.

If you’re not familiar with the book, I suggest you pick-up a copy and keep it lying around in a place where you can go to it when you need some simple life inspiration. It's chock full of golden nuggets sure to give you a boost and a new perspective when you need it.

#1 on the list I'm sharing with you today is so incredibly true for me. Laura and I have been married twenty-five years now 🙂

I discovered the framed pictured below at the Westmorland garage sale here in Madison. That was our old neighborhood.

Currently, as you can see, it hangs in the ash flash workshop on the still unfinished wall out here where it's a little colder and a lot more rustic; and prone to inspiring creative boosts of energy especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

This is a terrific list full of good reminders and simple advice on how to get the most out of your life.

Here are your 21 suggestions for success by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  2. Work at something you enjoy and that is worthy of your time and talents.
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  6. Be Generous.
  7. Have a grateful heart.
  8. Persistence, Persistence, Persistence.
  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement. "I love this one! This is really what the ash flash is about on so many different levels." -John
  12. Commit yourself to quality.
  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  14. Be loyal.
  15. Be honest.
  16. Be a self-starter.
  17. Be decisive even it means you will sometimes be wrong.
  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do a lot more than the ones you did.
  20. Take good care of those you love.
  21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.

"Godspeed to you, my friend. Thanks for being a reader of the ash flash!" -John

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John Ashworth is an empathetic sales leader with an incredibly diverse background as a salesman, business consultant, marketing maniac, writer, Dad and full time Bohemian Athlete. aka Johnny Renaissance.

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