The Top 5 Surprising Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

When I was growing up, there were two things I loved:

· The sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street (because I knew it meant that soon I’d be eating something yummy); and

· Going to the library to get new and exciting books to read.

And some of my favorite books were Dr. Seuss books.

I thought they were super cool. All those rhymes and humorous verses made total sense.

Dr. Seuss is like, the best wordsmith ever.

Who can resist Green Eggs and Ham? (“I do not like Green Eggs and Ham, Sam I Am”)

Or, The Cat in the Hat?

And I cannot forget my all-time favorite: the absolute, ultimate, definitive guide to personal development and self-mastery:

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

It’s like the best book ever!

The funny thing is, I didn’t read “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” until I was an adult. But, after one read, I was hooked.

The things you learn in that book are worth more than what you’d get from a $400-per hour psychotherapist.

Buy the book. It’s cheaper. And way more fun.

The book is about life. Its ups and downs. Twists and turns. And the balancing act it requires to succeed.

Here are 5 life lessons the book teaches:

1. You’re responsible for your own life. “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

2. Things don’t always go as planned. “I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.”

3. Don’t procrastinate. Dr. Seuss encourages and inspires you to not be like so many other people just waiting around for things to happen (that’s what he calls: The Waiting Place).

4. Don’t let obstacles stop you. He encourages you to keep going in the face of obstacles, so you can be “Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of guy!”

5. Explore. Enjoy life. It’s a great adventure. “Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.”

And the story goes on to talk about the journey through life and to remind us that “Life’s a Great Balancing Act.”

Sometimes you’ll get confused. Other times you’ll be afraid. But you have to “face up to your problems whatever they are.”

It focuses on the importance of self-esteem and self-determination.

One of the main themes is that you have to find the success within.

And will you succeed? “Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)”

The life lessons in “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” are timeless and priceless, and they’re useful for anyone age 1 to 101.

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