Ben Usher Smith


Remember the 5 second rule

  1. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
  2. Be precise in your speech.
  3. Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way.
  4. Don’t do unnecessarily dangerous things.
  5. Do not lie.
  6. Try to keep one room in your house or office as beautiful as possible.
  7. Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world.
  8. Work as hard as possible on at least one thing and see what happens.
  9. Maintain your connections with people.
  10. Do not carelessly denigrate social institutions or artistic achievement.
  11. Treat yourself as if you were someone that you are responsible for helping.
  12. Ask someone to do you a small favour so they can ask you to do one in the future.
  13. Make friends with people who want the best for you.
  14. Nothing well done is insignificant.
  15. Do not do things you hate or endorse anything with which you disagree.
  16. Promote the best in people.
  17. Dress like the person you want to be.
  18. Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act.
  19. Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
  20. Pay attention – Assume that every person you are listening to might know something you need to know. Listen to them hard enough so that they will share it with you.
  21. Make at least one thing better every single place you go.
  22. Do not become arrogant or resentful.
  23. Do not hide unwanted things in the fog. — Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated.
  24. Read something written by someone great. — Everyday!
  25. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.
  26. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.
  27. Don’t let bullies get away with it.
  28. Write a letter if you see something that needs fixing and propose a solution.
  29. Remember what you don’t yet know is more important than what you already know.
  30. Be grateful despite your suffering.
  31. Work diligently to maintain relationships.
  32. Do not speak ill of others.
  33. Money is not bad, but it should not be the only reason for doing or not doing something.
  34. If old memories still make you cry, write them down carefully and completely.
  35. Don’t try to rescue someone who does not want to be rescued.
  36. Be very careful of rescuing someone who wants to be rescued.
  37. Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that.