- Self-control. It starts when a baby is just months old–opportunities to gently remind her that even though you like her a lot, she is not the center of the universe, never will be, and doesn’t need to aspire to be. This spans from controlling the physical passions of a baby throwing food off a high chair to sexual urges as an adolescent, and continues into areas of finance (you must pay for what you want), handling disappointments and dealing with the difficulties of life.
- “School” is not the goal — learning is, and that is never over.
- Good books are essential for growth.
- Be honest, no matter what.
- Be diligent, no matter how small the job.
- Forgive others. Never hold a grudge, especially against those who have asked your forgiveness.
- People are more important than things–live like it.
- Listen to people when they talk.
- Be courteous and remember your manners everywhere you go. (Courtesy is a stamp of excellence and a ticket to success.)
- Believe God enough to do what He says, even when it doesn’t make sense or it’s not the popular choice.
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