Thomas Jefferson’s “10 Rules for The Good Life”

6 Jan

Our third President and the principal author of The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, lived by his “10 rules for the good life,” a set of guidelines that helped him stay on course. In my mind, Jefferson was one of the smartest men who ever lived. His rules may seem very general, but that is the beauty of their message: A simple framework for making broader decisions in everyday life.

Here are Jefferson’s rules:

  1. Never put off til tomorrow what you can do today.
  2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
  3. Never spend your money before you have it.
  4. Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will never be dear to you.
  5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
  6. Never repent of having eaten too little.
  7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
  8. Don’t let the evils that have never happened cost you pain.
  9. Always take things by their smooth handle.
  10. When angry, count to 10 before you speak; if very angry, count to 100.

It’s a relatively short list, but profound and far-reaching. How can we all incorporate these 10 directives into our daily lives?

Go make a difference in someone’s life today!!!

*Thanks to Harvey Mackay for the inspiration and for sharing this great list!*

Scott Nicholson, Broker


I represent tenants in commercial leases of industrial, office, and retail space in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth,San Antonio, and Houston.


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