21 Tips for Success in life and business

written by john c ashworth

I discovered this tips for success list at a garage sale in more than 15 years ago and have had it hanging in my office ever since.

H. Jackson Brown Jr, author of the famous “Life’s little instruction book”, compiled this beautiful little list with the same kind of wisdom in his book. The kee kind of perceptions that we can all cultivate for more success in life and business.

If you’re not familiar with the book, I suggest you pick-up a copy and keep it lying around in a place where you can go to it when you need some simple life inspiration. It’s chock full of golden nuggets sure to give you a boost and a new perspective when you need it.

#1 on the list I’m sharing with you today is so incredibly true for me. Laura and I have been married twenty-five years now 🙂

I discovered the framed pictured below at the Westmorland garage sale here in Madison. That was our old neighborhood.

Currently, as you can see, it hangs in the ash flash workshop on the still unfinished wall out here where it’s a little colder and a lot more rustic; and prone to inspiring creative boosts of energy especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

This is a terrific list full of good reminders and simple advice on how to get the most out of your life.

Here are your 21 suggestions for success by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  2. Work at something you enjoy and that is worthy of your time and talents.
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  6. Be Generous.
  7. Have a grateful heart.
  8. Persistence, Persistence, Persistence.
  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement. “I love this one! This is really what the ash flash is about on so many different levels.” -John
  12. Commit yourself to quality.
  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  14. Be loyal.
  15. Be honest.
  16. Be a self-starter.
  17. Be decisive even it means you will sometimes be wrong.
  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do a lot more than the ones you did.
  20. Take good care of those you love.
  21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.

“Godspeed to you, my friend. Thanks for being a reader of the ash flash!” -John

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21 tips for success

You can’t play perfectly all the time

written by john c ashworth

Most forward thinking driven and self-motivated people are harder on themselves than they need to be. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is an important personality trait. Being driven to win and compete and measure-up to your competition and to the goals and aspirations you’ve set for yourself is important. Also important is to be realistic with yourself, especially in the face of your mistakes and shortcomings.

You can’t play perfectly all the time.

Most of us will discover that we are more loved in the weeks after our death, than in the weeks preceding it. As I’ve heard more than one funeral director say, “Everyone becomes a saint once they’re gone.”

To achieve success though, you need to feel you deserve it in spite of your mistakes, shortcomings, and misgivings. And probably more important, especially for those of us who tend to be more assertive, forward-thinking, and more than willing to make a bonfire of our reputation, you MUST stay strong in your belief that you deserve what you have achieved.

Often, this is tough, because in pursuit of constant improvement and growth, we must accept both our praise and the disdain that falls upon us from time to time.  The latter often arriving more often than we might expect.

Worthy accomplishment comes from both the clean and dirty work that must be done in order to get there.

This is not to say that you must break the law or defile your colleagues either.

What I’m trying to reinforce here is that in order to grow you have to be uncomfortable first and that discomfort often comes from the negativity pointed toward us from those that don’t like us, don’t like what we’ve done, or how we think, or that we got here first.

Should you let this discomfort stymie your growth and your pursuit of achievement, you might find success somewhat elusive at first.

Keep in mind that when your vision and your mission are true and worthy and worth pursuing, that this is often in stark contrast to what everyone else can see. Most don’t have the vision you do and that reality can get tough at times. Believe me.

Stay on the path and keep going and when things get rough just remember…

“YOU deserve every ounce of success and the wisdom that comes along with it because you have earned it!”


How to get better results

written by john c ashworth

This I know to be true from my work during the first half of my career as a fitness expert, clinical exercise physiologist and health coach…

I worked with a lot of business owners, entrepreneurs and professionally driven individuals during that time.

Most entrepreneurs and small business owners are often far too focused on trying to manage their business and their careers more effectively, rather than becoming a true master of their own domain and managing themselves more effectively.

If you’re looking for better results, you must take more effective actions. And the only way to do that is to start with better thinking.

Your clearest and most productive thinking will come when you are fit, grounded, and managing your own daily thoughts and actions in a way that promotes the results you desire.