While I was lifeguarding the other day I told a couple young girls who were learning to surf that they were doing a great job and to keep up the practice and they would get the hang of it in no time. I didn’t think of it at the time but about an hour later the parents of the little girls came by our tower when they were leaving and told the other lifeguard and myself how much it meant to them to hear something like that from a lifeguard. We encouraged them again as they left then went back in the tower.
My friend, Ben Gottleib, the other lifeguard turns to me and says, “Rule number 2, nice job man” to which I kind of gave him a strange glance and asked what he meant. “Wait, you don’t know the 5 rules to live by!?” I told him I had no idea what he was talking about but I do now and am passing them on to you because they truly are 5 rules to live by.
1. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP & ALWAYS HAVE FUN
The thumbs up represents keeping your head up and a reminder to always have fun, life is too short to not be joyful!
2. POINT OUT THE COOL THINGS YOUR FRIENDS DO
Recognize the cool things that your friends do, they deserve the recognition and it goes a long way in producing stronger more fulfilling friendships. Not to mention, it may make their day, week, or even month to hear some words of affirmation
3. DON’T LISTEN TO THE HATERS
This one is pretty straight forward. There will be a lot of people in your life who doubt you or who don’t think you are worth anything. DON’T listen to them! You are awesome and are so much better than letting the nay sayers bring you down with their words.
Just like marriage is a commitment, commit 100% to the task at hand. Put all your focus and energy on one big thing at a time. If you are 60% committed to 4 different goals those goals are much more difficult to achieve and it is easier to lose sight of where you are headed.
5. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Stuff happens, you’re human too. You aren’t going to be perfect and that’s ok. Don’t let the little things in life cause you to get your panties in a bunch, take a big breath, it’ll be ok.
6. BONUS: ALWAYS LIVE THE ALOHA LIFESTYLE
Here is a bonus one: living with a smile on your face and a general awareness of other people is a sure way to keep others saying, “something’s different about that person, I like it!”
Thanks Ben for sharing these with me, it is always fun to learn new things and bring them into who we are! If you like these rules share them with a friend!