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Mark Twain: Top 9 Tips for Living Cheat Sheet by

Mark Twain: Top 9 Tips for Living
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“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”

“Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

“When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.”

1. Approve of yourself.

“A man cannot be comfor­table without his own approv­al.”
So you need give yourself approval and allow yourself to be who you want to be. Not look for the approval from others. But from yourself. To dissolve that inner barrier or let go of that self-s­abo­taging tendency. This is no easy task and it can take time.

2. Your limita­tions may just be in your mind.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
So many limita­tions are mostly in our minds. We may think that people will disapprove because we are too tall, too old or balding. But these things mostly matter when you think they matter. Because you become self-c­ons­cious and worried about what people may think.

3. Lighten up and have some fun.

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessi­ng.”

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
Humor and laughter are amazing tools. They can turn any serious situation into something to laugh about. They can lighten the mood just about anywhere.

4. Let go of anger.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
Anger is most of the time pretty pointless. It can cause situations to get out of hand. And from a selfish perspe­ctive it often more hurtful for the one being angry then the person s/he’s angry at.

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5. Release yourself from entitl­ement.

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
When you are young your parents provided a lot of things. As you grow older you may may feel like the world should just give you what you want or that it owes you something. This belief can cause a lot of anger and frustr­ation in your life

6. Taking a different path, prepare for reactions.

“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succee­ds.”
If you start to change or do something different than you usually do then people may react in different ways.

7. Keep your focus steadily on what you want.

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”
What you focus on greatly determines how things play out. Focus on your problems and dwell in suffering and a victim mentality. Or focus on the positive, what you can learn from that situation.

8. Don’t focus on making yourself feel good.

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
This is counte­r-i­ntu­itive tip. But one of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to make someone else feel good or to help them in some way.

9. Do what you want to do.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disapp­ointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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