10 timeless principles to teach your children

10 timeless principles to teach your children

  1. On first impressions: Never shake a hand sitting down. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look the person in the eye. Listen more than you talk.
  2. On negotiating: Learn to know when you are in a negotiation. Know what you are negotiating for. Never make the first offer. Ask lots of questions and try to understand what the other person wants.
  3. On trust: When entrusted with a secret, keep it. Remember, trust can be broken forever with one misstep. If someone trusts you, they are worth investing your time in.
  4. On heroes, celebrities, and leaders: They all put their socks on one foot at a time. No one is perfect. Don't expect that they are or you will be disappointed. Some may get there through luck, but most have made sacrifices only they will know.
  5. On anger: Don't get angry, get better. Every time you lash out at person in anger, you create a scar that at one point may not heal. Anger has lost a lot more than it has won.
  6. On courage: Be confident and humble at the same time. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be. You can be liked and respected at the same time. It is OK to have a different opinion, the important lesson is on how to effectively communicate it.
  7. On this world of constant stimulation: If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point. Experience the serenity of traveling alone. Know when to shut down and enjoy the beauty that naturally exists with the moment.
  8. On knowing who to spend time with: Learn quickly to know who is a real friend and who are acquaintances. Real friends are the ones that help you for no reason or that you could call at anytime if there was an issue. There won't be many. Focus your time relentlessly on them. Too often we take them for granted or even worse, don't know who they are. It is human nature to go after what you don't have. This is not different with people. Acquaintances can lull you into wasting time. There isn't enough time in this life to waste it on the wrong people.
  9. On success: Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising. Write down your dreams. If you like what you read, then you are successful. Remember, it is yours, not someone else's. Then be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath. Make it look easy, but never stop trying to achieve your dreams.
  10. On compassion: Root for the underdog. Stand up to Bullies. Protect those bullied. It is the American way. Eat lunch with the new kid. Help the ones in need. Smile at the ones who frown. Titles, popularity, wealth, are all made up. Treat everyone with kindness and compassion, but also expect the same in return.

Hope you all enjoy 10 timeless principles that we have aspired to instill into our children. Leave a comment and tell us what were missing!


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