1. A goal-oriented life is far more likely to lead to success than is a life that leaves success to chance.
If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
2. An effective way for one to determine his or her direction in life is to carefully study the lives, guiding principles, habits, and achievements of a number of outstanding people who have preceded them along life’s journey, then identify those skills and attributes of character one wishes to develop and emulate.
Many of the world’s most admired and successful people are a composite of the best attributes of skill and character that they have observed in other people. Practically every person we meet possesses at least one attribute worthy of our emulation.
3. An organized approach to self-improvement, and the wise organization and prioritization of one’s time and tasks, can add many equivalent productive years to one’s life span.
Every day, in at least some way, we must become a little better.
4. Hard work, perseverance, and a “never-say-quit” attitude are essential keys to a happy and successful life.
The willingness to stay with a difficult task until its completion is a much sought-after attribute of character.
5. A well-rounded and diverse fundamental education, a wide-ranging variety of experiences and interests, and the maintenance of balance among the many wonderful dimensions of life, bring many advantages not provided by a life that is unduly narrow and specialized.
As one gains a basic understanding of a broad variety of disciplines, one develops an increased appreciation of the surrounding world, and one obtains a more accurate perspective and interdisciplinary view of his or her chosen area of specialization.