1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back

This is something that I would think as a rule for life because it doesn't seem like its that important. However, I feel that standing up straight is not only about having a good posture and not ruining your back. It has to do with body language and how others and/or you perceive yourself. If you stand up straight then it will give you a sense of power and confidence. Your body language is something that you have complete control over so showcase yourself in a way that is bold. I think it's one of the best practices you can implement within yourself without speaking a word. It will leave a noteworthy impression on others.

2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.

Sometimes, people can't reflect on themselves accurately. learn how to take care of yourself and improve your own health, and your mind.

3. Make friends with people who want the best for you.

This is obvious. I think this makes total sense because friends become more important as you age. Noticed how only a few stood by your side and some just didn't work out? if not then you will. There is no point in having people in your life who doesn't drive you to be the best version of yourself. Surround yourself with people who care about you and who you care about. Take notes of people who do things for you regardless and do something for them when needed. I think having people who have similar goals and values in life is crucial because they are ones who will motivate you on your dark days and help you grow.

4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.

I learned this a bit late but I noticed the difference it made in my life. I used to compare myself to others and I always got disappointed because I always compared myself to someones else who did better. Wanting to better every day is a good mindset to have but comparing yourself in an unhealthy way can destroy you. Why? you will never be happy. There will always be someone better than you but that should be the point in my opinion. I think if you focus on making progress every day then you should give yourself a pad in the back because you are better than yesterday. Everyone on a boat in life so its best you dont compare too much. Rather, look forward to your future and focus on yourself.

5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.

So don't let your children do things that don't make you feel like they are making progress. If you don't like something about them then society won't either. As a parent, you have their best interest at heart, and if you don't like it then what are the chances that other people will? I think this is a reasonable rule to go by when you are on the fence of something. I think sometimes the safer route is better. on the other hand, Society isn't always right. I feel like you should leave some space for your children to grow and make mistakes. Only because everybody goes through those stages.

6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world

This means before you judge someone for their action, make sure you are a good model to what you are trying to critic. Practice what you preach. sometimes we need to take a step backward and reflect on ourselves. This helps us get a clearer picture of ourselves and not judge others. Meaning before you judge someone else, make sure that you are a good example of what are you thriving for.

7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)

He is saying that life isn't supposed to be happy, fair, or fun. It's a little bit of everything. It's supposed to be meaningful and valuable. I agree with this because meaningful things just hit differently. The rewarding feeling of achieving something that I am proud of if one luxury that not a lot of people have. Some people might want the easy route but at the end of the day, what did that mean to them?

8. Tell the truth – or, at least, don't lie

This is a simple rule but I think its quite hard to follow. This is saying that telling your own truth will help you understand your perception of reality.

9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't

Just be humble and listen to other people and what they have to say. What you believe to be right or true might not be the same case for the other person you are talking to. This is because our experiences are different. If you are open-minded then things will make a lot more sense and you will start to understand people's views on things even if you don't agree with them.

10. Be precise in your speech

precision is super important when taking in a group or meeting because you want to get your point across. Focus on your main point and try not to digress because those types of conversation could lead to anywhere.

11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding

Sports such as skateboarding teaches children how to handle fear and when to push against it. This makes them open to taking risks in real life and ultimately do something bold.

12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

This means people need to stop what they are doing form time to time and appreciate the little things that are all around us. I think this is a great practice of gratitude and mindfulness because it teaches people to acknowledge the beauty and be thankful that it is given to them. It will sprinkle positivity into their minds and refresh their soul.