Rule 124. Disobey Fear

Fear protects you, but fear also holds you back kids. Don’t be afraid to try new things because you might fail. The beauty in failure is that once you fail, you’re not afraid anymore about failing. So don’t be afraid to try that new sport, to take on that new class, or to talk to that person. The worst thing that can happen to you is that you fail, and that’s okay.

Rule 123. Engage with your kids.

You get what you put in with kids. This stretches beyond adolescents/childhood. Kids always look to their parents for guidance/advice/empathy. Being a parent doesn’t stop when your kids turn 18, embrace the challenge and make your kids feel wanted even when you’re old and gray and we’re dead and gone.

Rule 121. Don’t be a bean counter.

What’s a bean counter? Basically it’s an accountant. It’s a fine profession. I’m using as a pejorative here really to describe a personality trait as opposed to a profession. Don’t keep score in all of your personal relationships, it just makes people resent you and makes them think everything is a transaction with you.

Rule 116. Perception is Reality

Unfortunately kids folks don’t take the time to know you (at least not in the workplace). So how you’re perceived is what people use to paint their picture of you in their heads (i.e. YOUR BOSSES). Perception is reality kids, the quicker you learn this, the easier your life will be.