Robert Ringer’s 20 Life-Guiding Principles

Robert Ringer’s
20 Life-Guiding Principles
1. Never compromise your integrity, for anything or anybody.
2. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Learn to say no politely and
pleasantly, but immediately and firmly.
3. Whatever it is, do it now. Not next week, not tomorrow, not later today
— now.
4. When you feel overwhelmed, don’t try to do everything — just do
5. Concentrate on doing what you do best, and let others do the rest.
6. Don’t waste time talking about your plans to others. Learn to zip the lip.
7. Avoid quick fixes. Take the time to work on long-term, permanent
8. When the ball is on the one-yard line, never risk a fumble. Carry it over
9. Avoid premature victory celebrations. You’re not through until you’ve
dotted all the “i’s” and crossed all the “t’s” — and the check has cleared
the bank.
10. Focus your efforts on the crux of every situation. Avoid expending energy
on peripheral issues that cannot yield a payoff no matter what their
11. The power of the understatement is enormous. Say what you have to say
— quickly, succinctly, and simply — then stop talking.
12. Never fall into the trap of waiting for something to happen. Make it
13. Learn to love truth instead of trying to make true that which you love.
14. Never base a decision on conventional wisdom alone. Question
15. Life is a distance run. Don’t come out of the starting gate too fast … and
be careful not to get winded too soon.
16. The most efficient way to get ahead of the competition is not to fight your
way through the pack, but to leapfrog over it.
17. Make it a habit to concentrate on opportunities rather than problems.
18. The only power anyone can have over you is the power you give him.
Without your permission, the other person is powerless.
19. Live every moment as though the whole world were watching.
20. Free will is the greatest asset you have at your disposal. Use it!

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