5.) Read Books and Solve Problems
You know what the greatest leaders do? They read books. You know what chumps do? They say, “I don’t have time to read.” Read any way you want to: paper, e-book, or audiobook. Whatever way you want to do it is okay. Just do it. Read books and find great information so you can solve problems in your business, your family, and your community.
What’s the greatest thing you can do to live longer? (Besides stop eating junk and start exercising.)
Socialize. Have friends. Do things with other people. Recently, an 80-year-long Harvard study confirmed that community was key to living a longer and happier life. Joy isn’t just nice to have: it keeps us alive.
7.) Help Others
No man is an island … and that would suck anyhow. Who wants to be on an island by themselves? Boring. Instead, get out there and help other people. Helping others will take your mind off your own problems as well as make you feel better. Helping gives you a natural high. Go get high.
Your backyard might be great (mine is!) but it helps to go and see where other people live. If you want to understand yourself and your family and your town better, get outside those walls and really see, up close, how beautiful this world is. And how heartbreaking. Both will serve you well. There are good people everywhere. Go travel among them and meet them.
9.) Think Positive Thoughts
Ever read “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl? If Frankl could think positively in a Nazi concentration camp, then I think we all can think positively. And it really helps, because what you think, you definitely become. Like Frankl wrote about man: “His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden.”
Bear your burden well. Your positive attitude can help you and everyone around you.
10.) Do What Is Right
What’s right is not always what’s easy. In fact, most of the time doing what is right is the hard way. But that’s okay. Doing the right thing is worth it. Doing the right thing is satisfying in a long-lasting way that doing the wrong thing never is and never can be.
So do what is right. Be the person you always hoped you could be. Make your mom and dad proud. Make your kids proud. Make yourself proud.
These aren’t the answers to all of life but they’re a start. If you start living these 10 tips today, I’m betting you’re a different person – a better person – in 30 days. Try it and tell me how it goes! And do you have tips for living a more fulfilling and productive life? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me! I’m always interested in learning more. Thanks!