05 May 11 Life Lessons from Dr Seuss!
I'm sure many of you LIKE Dr. Seuss…but do you LEARN from him?
If, to date, the answer is "no" then you really should give this article some serious consideration because as you'll see, his words are not just fun but also, fantastically wise and worth integrating into our lives for more happiness and success…
by Olle Lindholm from Life Hack
In 1984, Dr. Seuss won an award for his contribution to children’s literature.
In his years as a cartoonist and children’s writer, Theodor Seuss Geisel created some of the world’s most famous books and illustrations, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Cat, and The Lorax.
As lifehackers, we can learn a lot from the legendary Dr. Seuss. He was, after all, one of the pioneers of clever storytelling that didn’t insult the intelligence of children. For example, consider How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—an early criticism of commercialization—from 1957.
We can study Dr. Seuss’s successful children’s books to become more productive, feel more motivated, and live a rich life. But the “Father of Children’s Books” also has plenty to teach us about the importance of reading, believing in yourself, and doing the work.
Let’s look at some things Dr. Seuss used to say, and see what we can learn from each one of them.
1. On being yourself
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
Don’t try to be someone else. No one can smile, laugh or talk like you. You have a unique voice. Use it.
As Dr. Seuss points out:
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
It’s scary to stand out, but that’s why you must do it. If you’re looking for inspiration, turn to this much-loved quote:
Say what you feel, and do what you say. Because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
2. On choosing your own direction in life
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…
Life is full of choices. Do you choose where to go or do you let someone else decide for you?
You’re off to great places! Today is your today. Your mountain is waiting, so you get on your way!
Take that first step. Whatever you do, don’t stand still. Dr. Seuss warns us about a universal law called inertia. This means that things keep doing what they’re doing. So, if you’re standing still, you’re likely to stay still. But if you’re moving forward, you’re more likely to keep moving forward.
So, what are you waiting for? Get on your way!
3. On making the world a better place
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
If you want a better world, you have to care. You must take responsibility and speak up. Issues like global warming, poverty, racism, domestic violence, sexual discrimination, among many others, are not going to get any better unless you take action.
A person’s a person, no matter how small.
Everyone matters and deserves to be seen. We must never forget to respect each other’s differences…
…keep reading the full article with ALL 11 lessons HERE