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How To Change Your Life By Changing Your Thinking

One of the most important truths you need to learn is that you are not defined by the life you’ve lived. Your life is defined by the life that you can take. You are who you have been, and you have a chance to turn that life around. It is our hope that by teaching this lesson to our children, and to ourselves, all people will know this truth.

The first principle of teaching is to teach well. This does not mean that you will never miss a beat. Instead, you have to be as consistent but with as much attention to detail as you can manage. For example, if some information is lacking, you might write as much detail as available about how it can be supplied. Always be prepared to revise, change and correct.

The second principle is that you have to know how things happen. I don’t mean learning how a car crashes or why an airplane crashes. I mean actually being there in a situation when things go wrong. Not on a movie screen or in a history book, but in a real situation, in which people’s lives are affected. Not only do you have to be there, but you have to have the skills to be there. We need to learn how to think as we are reacting. And this is something many of us fail to do, even though most of us are able to think clearly under stressful circumstances. It is not in the cards to be a master of all events. Yet this is just part of being an expert in your field. It is the key to being an effective teacher. It is the key to being a strong role model. Being able to teach in such a way that others learn from you also means being able to teach the right things. It means knowing when to teach and when to back off. So, if you are looking to learn more how to run a successful business, you should do some reading on running a profitable business. That is an area we could work on. (Although we could use a few more tips from those who have actually run successful businesses.)

The third principle is to be as open-minded as possible. Don’t be afraid to look around at what is happening in your area as you read this. Look hard at what other people are doing. Ask your friends how they are doing. See what’s happening in other countries and other cultures. See your family. When I was in high school, my mother went to the United Nations to help the people of Vietnam. They didn’t have electricity and no way to keep a refrigerator working. She was helping those poor people, and I think, with her open and honest approach, she changed the world. I’m sure she did the same thing for a few people in the audience tonight. As you do, ask yourself questions like this: If I was in their shoes, what would I do?

I’m not saying you have to go all out. A little bit of everything can do you some good. We will never know for certain what is right for everyone. It is important, though, never to be afraid to make mistakes. We don’t need perfection. But sometimes we need to accept our mistakes. I learned this the hard way. At my first school, I couldn’t do anything good. I couldn’t answer questions about geography or geometry or what happened when you turn black into white. So I had to learn that learning can happen in very different ways to different people. Sometimes it comes from a teacher, sometimes from your friends and family and sometimes from some of the things you see in the news. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and when they say no, ask them why. (See ” How to Ask for Help ” for more details about this.)

The last principle of teaching is to never stop learning. We can learn by anything. We can learn by looking at the world, by learning from our friends and family, by reading about us, and by talking to others.