As someone who has been consistently filing his income tax returns since 1978, allow me to share with you some of my life principles which has guided me well through these many years.
1. You win some and you lose some. We are not perfect and there are too many random events that are unknown that will affect the outcome. However, what we should strive for is to win more than we lose and this comes with doing your homework and making the proper preparation.
2. Think long term. Life is not a hundred meter dash, it is a full marathon and we need to have a longer term view of our actions. What may seem to have no immediate return could have a dramatic impact in your future.
3. Best time to make friends with people is when you don’t need anything from them. Hopefully you will never need anything from your friends but just enjoy them for who they are. Of course, it would be ideal if your friends don’t get you into trouble and help you out when you get into a bad situation.
4. Benjamin Franklin said: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” I have personally encountered more successful people who practice this. There are also many reasons why this is so, such as you have more time in the day to get things done especially if you have a deadline.
5. Arriving early is better than being late. There is no advantage to being late, at best you end up having to apologize and worse is when you get left behind by the plane. Arriving early offers you many other opportunities such as having first choice, time to relax and compose yourself and familiarizing yourself with the environment.
6. Never lose hope. As long as you are alive, there is a chance to correct or improve the situation you are in. Of course it will require a lot of hard work and effort on your part but if you have good friends and family you will not be alone. You should also help others in need specially if you are in a position to do so and you are helping out a good person.
7. I like travelling light. You want to focus on your travel and not on your baggage. Travelling light makes it easier for you to move around and gives you more options. Simplify your life.
8. Prioritize and know what is important. Worrying about every single detail can sometimes be overwhelming and creates a lot of stress. Identify what you should do first and which items are non-critical. You need to understand that you are responsible for certain things and that is your primary responsibility.
9. Karma is real and will catch up with you eventually. Who and what you really are will spread and if you don’t have a good reputation, people will not want to have anything to do with you.
10. It is not enough to work hard, it is better to work smart. Maximize the value of your time and talent, go for the highest return you can get. There are certain things that only few people like you can do, so why do work that anyone can do?
11. If you can’t be generous with your money, at least be generous with your kindness. Being pleasant and respectful will not cost you anything and makes people feel good. Typically how you treat others will also be the same way they will treat you, so this is a win-win situation!
12. Always have a contingency or back-up plan whenever possible. It may take additional effort or cost more but it is always nice to have an insurance policy. Think of your duties, responsibilities and obligations to your family and friends, the company you work for company, and the government. What is your contingency plan in fulfilling all these?
Each individual may have their own life principles that have worked well for them in achieving their goals and objectives. Come up with your own life principles that will make you a better and happier person, it will enable you to make a difference in this world.
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