Ways of a Happy Life

In the middle of the journey of my life, I’ve come to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way is lost; but, in order to tell of the good that I found there, I must tell of the other things I saw there:

Finish every day and be done with it. You’ve done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It’s too dear, with its’ hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterday.

‘When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man, who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.’ — Winston Churchill


I. Start the day with half an hour of exercise (or at least 3–5 min of skipping rope). Exercise. This is key. Regular exercise makes you more focused, positive and energized. It can make a huge difference.

II. Wake up with something to look forward to each day. Let only force majeure prevent you from also doing that. ‘As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.’ — Leonardo da Vinci

III. Set the context of the day, how you begin the day. Begin it well and finish it serenely, and be done with it. Be aware. What you do early in the day often sets the context for your day.

IV. Get enough sleep.

V. Love like it was your first time. ’Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do, what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love, what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.’ — Steve Jobs

VI. Give your best at work. ‘In business be honest. In your work, be competent, and in your actions, await the right moment. He who does not go against things, avoids bad luck.’ — Tao Te King, VIII

’Either you’re an agent of change, or you’re going to wind up a victim of change. If you stand still and stagnate, you’re going to get left in the dust.’ — Norm Brodsky

‘Complacent competitors are a fantastic business opportunity. All it takes is a little imagination to come up with innovations that put you in the position of driving the industry.’ — Norm Brodsky

Credit: Lewis Schiff, BEN — Business Owners Council
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