Jedediah Bartman, Deathbed Confessions, Part V
Ten Rules for Success
RULE #1: Be as fit as possible. Physically, mentally
and socially. Avoid laziness in all aspects.
RULE #2: Deal only with intelligent people. This will
cause you to marry well, dine well, learn well, travel
well, and live well.
RULE #3: Set few, but wonderful goals. If too many
destinations exist, you'll get nowhere.
RULE #4: Thrill people. Impress them. Delight them.
Surprise them. Serve them. Enrich them. Make them hope
you never go away, get sick or die.
RULE #5: Work like you love it. To thrive, you must
labor. Therefore, as labor is your whetstone, cherish
it. Perfect your dutiful behaviour until it is flawless,
then move on to greater messes.
RULE #6: Criticize yourself often. A frank assessment
of what you are doing right, and how you are wasting
your life, will limit your stupidity, somewhat.
RULE #7: Buried in the past, treasures exist. Daily,
study the lives and writings of the men and women who
most influenced this world, for both good and evil;
but concentrate on the good and the useful.
RULE #8: Achieve one thing you thought you couldn't.
If you do this just once, it will so excite you, that
you'll become addicted to achievement, which is the
greatest elixir of all.
RULE #9: Avoid accumulating things that require maintenance,
protection, or that can be taxed.
RULE #10: Ignore what the masses endure, consume, and
tolerate. Very clever, but lazy manipulators have devised
perfect formulas to extract money and time from the
less wise. Be quiet. Observe. Learn wisdom from the
foolish, and you will survive and prosper.