What are your “codes of conduct?” You know, those reference points that we use to guide us through life’s tough decisions. I thought that in this post I’d share several of mine. It’s not that I have any sort of superior knowledge, it’s just that every now and then it’s good practice to reflect on the lessons that life has taught us so far.
1. The best health insurance you could ever have is: good health. Do your best to cultivate it, develop it and maintain it.
2. When one of the big bosses at work unexpectedly starts being really friendly towards you, (and this is unusual), watch your back.
3. Pointedly praising something unusual a person owns or has done will make you appear far smarter in his eyes than a 10-minute discourse on world events.
4. When two people in the office are feuding with each other be careful not to choose sides. Try to maintain an amicable, professional relationship with both while not antagonizing the other. You never know how things will work out in the long run.
5. Be aware that most people are operating on a very condensed version of the 10 Commandments: the parts that work for them…at the moment. (Plagarized from Men’s Health and paraphrased by me).
6. It’s okay to be unique but in most cases only among those who love (and accept you). At work, you’ll likely be viewed with suspicion so tread lightly.
7. World travel is among the best education that anyone can receive. And it’s fun.
8. When you win a disagreement at work, don’t rub it in. Allow the other person an opportunity to “lose” gracefully. It will make for a much more harmonious working relationship and your point will have been made.
9. Never hesitate to admit when you’ve made a mistake, even to the office “know-it-all” who will likely try to rub your nose in it. Intelligent people respect an individual who has the courage to admit the error of their ways
10. An ounce of appearance is worth a pound of substance. (Plagarized completely from www.menshealth.com).
11. Before you hit send on any email take second look at your message and then a second or third glance at the email address(es). Is this really what you want to say and do you really want to send it to the listed recipient(s)?
12. Life may not be fair, but it sure beats the alternative.
13. Enjoy every day as if it’s your last because eventually it will be.
14. Avoid always saying, “One day I’m going to…” and just do it already. It doesn’t have to be anything major. Maybe just visiting that museum that’s always been on your “to do” list. Life is short. Make things happen.
15. Don’t spend your hard earned money on stuff you don’t need and won’t use. Don’t hang on to (hoard) junk that you haven’t even touched in the past year. Unless is a valuable antique or something that is accruing value, get rid of it.
16. Over prepare and then let the chips fall where they may.
17. If you make your friends laugh, even if they’re laughing at you, you’ve done a good deed for the day.
18. Never say, “He/She makes me do (insert unacceptable behavior).” No one is responsible for your poor decisions except you.
19. Always put your best foot forward and try to make your best impression. You’d be amazed at the high opinions some people have of you that they rarely vocalize.
20. Unless the service is really crummy, always leave a generous tip. This is a lesson I had to learn the hard way.
21. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
22. No matter the age, never underestimate the willingness of adults to engage in petty, childish behavior.
Feel free to share some of your “rules to live by.” I’d love to hear them.