21 Suggestions For A More Successful Life

Clearly there is no one secret to success but inspirational author H Jackson Browne has outlined 21 suggestions for a more successful life.

Which of these resonates with you?

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery. success risk wealth
  2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  6. Be generous.
  7. Have a grateful heart.
  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  12. Commit yourself to quality. 
  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  14. Be loyal.
  15. Be honest.
  16. Be a self-starter.
  17. Be decisive even if it means you will sometimes be wrong.
  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you will regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
  20. Take good care of those you love.
  21. Don’t do anything that would not make your Mom proud.

Are there any others you can think of?

Please leave your comments.


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'21 Suggestions For A More Successful Life' have 5 comments


    March 26, 2018 Sam

    Great article, really enjoyed reading it.
    However,, this point here is some pretty horrendous advice: “Don’t do anything that would not make your Mom proud.”
    My mother is a devout mormon, my friends mother is very negative, my other friends mother preaches never taking risks.Mother does NOT always know best.



    July 17, 2017 Atlas

    Hi Michael,

    Love your articles. I’d like to share a quote from my father when I was young, up until today.

    “when you were born, you have nothing with you, when you leave this world, you will take nothing with you. Money is important but isn’t everything. Legacy, teaching and love, however, lasts forever.”



    April 5, 2016 Rising_Phoenix

    Hi Michael

    I love your book and this article.

    Success to me means attaining my goals.

    So what I would like to humbly contribute is: know how to get there (ie your goal).


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