In the lifelong pursuit of love, acceptance, friends, and opportunity, the following eight habits have served me:
- Smile. If it’s good enough for one of the most popular books ever written, it’s good enough for you.
- Follow the golden rule. They’re not the fastest “sprinters,” but nice people always win “marathons.”
- Admit your mistakes. Doing so is not only the right thing to do, it speeds learning and exposes your vulnerabilities, which makes you more personable and humanizing, which makes you more likable.
- Share. People who share have more friends and money than people who don’t.
- Create results. Earn your keep with merit, not just connections.
- Be interested, not interesting. Instead of trying to impress, take an interest in people you meet. You can always learn something from someone and should always try.
- Be honest. Don’t tell people what they want to hear. Tell them what you think. Be considerate of their feelings, but don’t let those feelings lead to dishonesty.
- Sympathize with everyone. If they’re human, they’re worth learning from, serving, and sometimes even listening to.