50 short rules for a better life

  1. Focus on what you can control.
  2. You control how you respond to things.
  3. Ask yourself, “Is this essential?”
  4. Meditate on your mortality every day.
  5. Value time more than money/possessions.
  6. You are the product of your habits.
  7. Don’t have an opinion on everything.
  8. Own the morning.
  9. Put yourself up for review.
  10. Don’t suffer imagined troubles.
  11. Look for the good in people.
  12. Never be overheard complaining.
  13. Two ears, one mouth…for a reason (Zeno).
  14. There is always something you can do.
  15. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  16. Live as if you’ve died and come back (every minute is bonus time).
  17. Give up on the idea of revenge.
  18. Strict with yourself, tolerant with others.
  19. Focus on process, not outcomes.
  20. Learn something from everyone.
  21. Put every impression to the test.
  22. Define what success means to you.
  23. Amor fati. (Amor fati is a Latin phrase that may be translated as “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate”.)
  24. Seek out challenges.
  25. Don’t follow the mob.
  26. Grab the “smooth handle.”
  27. Every person is an opportunity for kindness (Seneca).
  28. Say no (a lot).
  29. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  30. Treat success and failure the same.
  31. Do the more difficult thing.
  32. Don’t judge other people.
  33. Study the lives of the greats.
  34. Forgive, forgive, forgive.
  35. Make a little progress each day.
  36. Don’t make your problems worse by bemoaning them.
  37. Premeditatio malorum. (a Stoic exercise of imagining things that could go wrong or be taken away from us.)
  38. Look for the poetry in ordinary things.
  39. Sympatheia. (sympathy, affinity of parts to the organic whole, mutual interdependence.)
  40. Always choose “Alive Time.”
  41. Stop waiting to demand the best for yourself.
  42. To improve, be OK to be thought foolish.
  43. Fate behaves as she pleases.
  44. Possessions are yours only in trust.
  45. You become what you give your attention to.
  46. Courage. Temperance. Justice. Wisdom.
  47. The obstacle is the way.
  48. Ego is the enemy.
  49. Stillness is the key.
  50. Journal

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