And as a father, I need to ensure I am planting the necessary seeds with my children so that they have the awareness and emotional tools to live a fulfilling life. 

Here are 52 concepts I want them to know… and I do my best to model consistently:

  1. Life isn’t fair. Expecting it to be fair is a mindset of the weak. Play the hand you are dealt. 
  2. You can’t have anything you want. But you can have anything you deserve. Big difference. 
  3.  Want to become happier instantly? Follow Tony Robbins’ advice and trade your expectations for appreciations.
  4.  One decision can change the course of your entire life. Choices are powerful.
  5.  Every single decision you make has a consequence. Some positive, some negative.
  6.  When your heart and brain align you tend to resolve your issues quickly and efficiently.
  7.  It takes almost zero effort to be kind to strangers… to smile… or to say ‘good morning.’
  8.  You can fool anyone for about 15 minutes… after that you better know what you are doing.
  9.  It’s just as important to be liked, as it is to be good. Being liked will help you when you aren’t so good.
  10.  The key to fulfillment is figuring out what is truly important and disregarding everything else.
  11.  Trust and honesty are the foundation of all relationships.
  12.  You are only as good as your word. Do what you say you will do.
  13.  The disappointment of failure doesn’t hurt as bad as the regret of not even trying.
  14.  Knowledge, experience, and memories are 3 things no one can ever take from you.
  15.  Your attitude and your effort are the only 2 things in the world you have 100% control over.
  16.  Success isn’t something that happens to you, it’s something you pursue.
  17.  Don’t focus on money. Focus on your passion and on serving others. The money will follow.
  18.  You choose your habits and your habits dictate your success.
  19.  Without problems or challenges there wouldn’t be any opportunities. So appreciate them.
  20.  People will be more impacted by how much you care rather than how much you know.
  21.  People only allow themselves to be as happy and successful as they feel they deserve to be.
  22.  It’s OK to be content with what you have… but never with who you are.
  23.  Everyone’s greatest need is to feel appreciated. So make as many people feel that way as you can.
  24.  You often have to do something to don’t like in order to have something you do.
  25.  You will always make the time for the things that are truly important to you. 
  26.  You won’t benefit from the things you intended to do. Action is what counts.
  27.  You can’t expect the very best if you don’t give your very best… every day.
  28.  The best way to appreciate something (or someone) is to be without it for a while.
  29.  It usually takes just as much time and energy to wish for something as it does to actually do it.
  30.  Most people don’t look for the truth – they simply look for someone to agree with them.
  31.  Everyone wants success, but few are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve success.
  32.  There’s no such thing as normal. We each see the world through our own lens. Normal is relative.
  33.  Focus on your own yard. Don’t worry if anyone else’s grass is greener.
  34.  We all have baggage and insecurities. How you deal with them will dictate your happiness.
  35.  It’s not what you do occasionally that matters… it’s what you do every single day.
  36.  Nothing is more important than your health (mental and physical), so live accordingly. 
  37.  The simplest way to find happiness is to stop complaining. Be grateful.
  38.  You will be happiest when you are growing, learning, and improving.
  39.  It’s much easier to stay out of trouble than it is to get out of trouble.
  40.  A good reputation is a tremendous asset in every area of your life.
  41.  The ability to make other people better is an invaluable skill set.
  42.  It’s OK to be proud of your success; but always remain humble.
  43.  Don’t spend any time today worrying about yesterday. It’s over.
  44.  Stress is not caused by circumstances and events. Stress is caused by your response to them.
  45.  Knowledge must lead to action or it is worthless.
  46.  If you truly care… it shows. And caring matters.
  47.  Nothing of value comes without effort. Nothing.
  48.  Success without fulfillment feels empty.
  49.  You are as happy as you choose to be.
  50.  Leaders will always be in demand.
  51.  People follow examples, not advice.
  52.  Always put your shopping cart back (or in the parking lot corral).