Rules To Live By
Wise Words from the First American
One thing we might all be guilty of is getting so involved in the details of our day-to-day activities that we sometimes forget the big picture in life. We all have different goals, wishes and dreams, but can so get sidetracked with mundane tasks, routines and procrastination that we lose sight of what our higher calling is. I am writing this because I too, have been so caught up to my eyeballs working on a specific project in recent weeks that I needed a good reminder to take a brief step back and remind myself of what I want to accomplish.
As fate would have it, my partner, friend and TradeKing President & COO, Rich Hagen, sent around this article from The Business Insider over the weekend that inspired me to take a little time each day to keep things in perspective. I will list the rules, but urge you to click over to the article because the author has a pretty good take on each.
14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life
1. Less Talk, More Action
“Well done is better than well said.”
2. Don’t Procrastinate
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
3. Be Prepared
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
4. Don’t Fight Change
“When you're finished changing, you're finished.”
5. Get Moving
“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”
6. Avoid Busywork
“Never confuse motion with action.”
7. Give Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes
“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
8. Act Quickly on Opportunities
“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”
9. Continue to Grow
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
10. Keep Going
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
11. Know Yourself
“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.”
12. Don’t Self-Sabotage
“Who has deceived thee so often as thyself?”
13. Don’t Give Up
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
14. Wise Up
“Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
Rich advised us to print these out and keep them nearby to remind ourselves of our overall mission and to “execute like we have never executed before.” I know I have my copy hanging near my desk. Hope this helps get you refocused as well!
TradeKing Bigdog, Chairman and CEO
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