Stick to simple rules

Over the past few months at work, I’ve been helping a senior financial adviser market his business. This is one of his favorite quotes:

People don’t need extraordinary insight or intelligence. What they need most is character to adopt simple rules and stick to them. — Benjamin Graham

Graham was an economist and professional investor who died in 1976. Among his followers is Warren Buffet.

Although this quote is about investing, it’s also apt advice for living a happy and fulfilling life.

Some of my simple rules?

Eat well. Sleep sufficiently. Pay dues. Pay debts. Find people who make me better. Make other people better.

What are yours?

P.S. If you need inspiration, just remember: “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.”


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