50 Points Of Advice From An 80-Year-Old Man

I watch reels that have personal development advice, and I share a good few of these on my Instagram account as well, and one I saw was an interview with Henry Cavill where he said he reads this list every day to help help retain a good perspective on life. He mentioned a couple of the points and, curious, I went out to find the full list. And here it is.

“A friend of mine sent me this text a long time ago, and it’s stuck with me ever since. It’s 50 points, and it’s advice from an 80-year-old. And I try to read through these points every day, good day or a bad day, especially on bad days, it really, really helps, because it does bring things into perspective a lot.”
— Henry Cavill

Here are the 50 points of advice; which ones stand out and have the most meaning for you?

1. Have a firm handshake

2. Look people in the eye

3. Sing in the shower

4. Own a great stereo system

5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard

6. Keep secrets

7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day. (See no.17)

8. Always accept an outstretched hand

9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

10. Whistle

11. Avoid sarcastic remarks

12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.

13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out

14. Lend only those books you never care to see again

15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have

16. When playing games with children, let them win

17. Give people a second chance, but not a third

18. Be romantic

19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know

20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.

21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the callers.

22. Be a good loser

23. Be a good winner

24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret

25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go

26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.

27. Keep it simple

28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose

29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, “No Regrets”

31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them

33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.

34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.

35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in the hospital; you need only stay a few minutes

36. Begin each day with some of your favourite music

37. Once in a while, take the scenic route

38. Send a lot of Valentine’s cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’

39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.

40. Keep a notepad and pencil on your bedside table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.

41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job

42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.

43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you

44. Become someone’s hero

45. Marry only for love.

46. Count your blessings.

47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.

48. Wave at the children on a school bus.

49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.

50. Don’t expect life to be fair.

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