A Word to the Wise from the Wise

My grandfather was, and still is, the smartest man I’ve ever met. He passed away over five years ago, but not a day goes by that I don’t listen to the wise words he once told me—the words I am about to share with you. These “rules,” as I call them, are the ones I have lived by for the past 5 years in memory of him. As his birthday approaches on February 26th, I thought, “what better way to celebrate him than sharing his inspiration with others?”


His words to live by… There are five of them, each with a different purpose:

  1. Patience. Discipline yourself on this one.
  2. Common Sense. Think before you do something.
  3. Moderation. Not too much, not too little.
  4. Curiosity. Question what you don’t know.
  5. Discipline. Learn from your mistakes.


And then there are also his rules to a good life, which I think really work:

  • Love: Yourself first, and then you can give your love away.
  • Honesty: Don’t compromise this rule.
  • Respect: Consideration, giving, and sharing.
  • Acceptance: For the things you have no control over.
  • Faith: In yourself, as well as in others
  • Listening: Pay attention when a person tells you something
    • He always reminded me that I was given two ears and one mouth, so I should listen twice as much as as I speak. I’m still struggling with this…


Finally, just some little sayings he made me believe in:

  • Write things down. If you set your goals on paper, they will be accomplished.
  • Learn to say “No,” but in a gracious way, when you are too busy and can’t do the job right.
  • Keep it simple. Don’t complicate the simple things.


So if you’re seeking guidance or inspiration, I hope you found it in this article.


Happy Birthday!