20 Life Lessons From Mark Twain

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20 Life Lessons From Mark Twain

  1. 1. 20<br />Life Lessons<br />Mark Twain<br />
  2. 2. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, more commonly known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a great American author. Twain is well-known for his novel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” which some refer to as the “Great American Novel,” he’s also well-known for his novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” my personal favorite. Twain was an extremely popular personality during his day; he made friends with presidents and even European royalty. Twain was a very witty fellow, his wit and satire earned him the respect of his friends as well as his enemies. William Faulkner once called Mark Twain, “the father of American literature.” There are many things that we can learn from Mark Twain.<br />
  3. 3. Lesson 1 : Ignorance and Confidence – A Winning Combination<br />You need enough ignorance to believe the impossible is possible, and enough confidence to turn the impossibility into a reality. The Wright Brothers were ignorant enough to think that man could fly, and confident enough to make it happen. Ignorance and confidence can truly be a winning combination.<br />
  4. 4. “All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.”<br />
  5. 5. Lesson 2 : Readers are Leaders<br />Do you realize that you can read a book and learn in three hours what took someone 20 years to learn. You can literally pick someone’s brain through reading; you can pick knowledge, pick truth. Learn to cultivate the joy of reading.<br />
  6. 6. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”<br />
  7. 7. Lesson 3 :  First Things First<br />The main thing is always to keep the main thing the main thing. Don’t become so consumed with being busy that for forget the main thing. You should always be asking yourself, “does this activity have to be done right now,”. Learn to differentiate between productivity and progress every single hour of the day.<br />
  8. 8. “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”<br />
  9. 9. Lesson 4 : Fight<br />How much “fight” do you have in you? To succeed, to do what’s never been done before requires an enormous amount of fight, grit, and unrelenting tenacity. Do you have enough fight to finish the race? Remember, the race is not given to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to the one who endures until the end.<br />
  10. 10. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”<br />
  11. 11. Lesson 5 : The Power of Planning<br />That’s what I call planning! Never underestimate the power of a plan. A good plan is half the work. Success and failure is often determined by the possession of an actionable plan. Do you have a plan? You will only be as successful as your plan. Planned lives are productive lives.<br />
  12. 12. “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”<br />
  13. 13. Lesson 6 : Be Courageous<br />Are you mastering your fear? Are you doing what “they” say can’t be done. Are you facing your fears and conquering them. Life is too short to spend it running away from illusions. <br />
  14. 14. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”<br />
  15. 15. Lesson 7 : Recognize Your Genius<br />Everyone is born a genius, but only a few ever realize it. Everyone is born a genius, but the process of life deludes that genius. Learn to tap into your genius, there’s something that you can do better than anyone else, discover it, pursue it, and we will call you a genius too.<br />
  16. 16. “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.”<br />
  17. 17. Lesson 8 : Our Opinion Of Ourselves Is Only “One” Opinion<br />We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess. Sometimes we are too close to the scene, to see clearly. We "know" ourselves so well that we cannot see how we are perceived by others. Our opinion of ourselves is only "one" opinion, and it may not be the truth.<br />
  18. 18. Lesson 9 : The Approval You Seek Is Your Own<br />A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. There is nothing more satisfying than that sense of being completely "at home" in your own skin. When you achieve that as a natural state of "being", then you can finally look beyond yourself and fully contribute all your talents to the world.<br />
  19. 19. Lesson 10: Don't Part With Your Illusions. <br />Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the "what is next", of our lives. Without<br /> dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.<br />
  20. 20. Lesson 11 : Habit Cannot Be Eliminated, But Replaced.<br />Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs <br />a step at a time. You cannot eliminate habits<br />that no longer serve you. You can only replace them with new habits that support your goals. Moment by moment, you need to live with awareness and structure the habits that you include or exclude in your days.<br />
  21. 21. Lesson 12 : Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. <br />Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly, be that kind of a friend for your friends.<br />
  22. 22. Lesson 13 : Set up structures that support you staying on target.<br />Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours. When you make a decision to "be" a particular way, you can count on change and external circumstances to come along which will challenge that decision. Remain vigilant after declaring <br />a major decision and manage yourself in relationship to the goal. <br />
  23. 23. Lesson 14 : Focus On The “True” Thing<br />You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. As in the words of Wayne Dyer, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Sometimes to know with certainty that a particular thing is "true", will actually be the very thing that keeps you from attaining the things you seek to achieve.<br />
  24. 24. Lesson 15 : Ask Yourself What You Really Want<br />I can teach anybody how to get, what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want. There are many who have accomplished exactly what you want to achieve and could show you the way. You are not ready to ask them because you are not clear and you have not determined which questions need answers.<br />
  25. 25. Lesson 16 : Increase Level Of Desire For Thing <br />If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill always came together, who would escape hanging? Framed in a more positive light, this tells us also that if we wish to accomplish a particular thing then we need to increase our level of desire for that thing and to create or seek out the opportunities and right environment for it to happen without fail.<br />
  26. 26. Lesson 17 : They are all learning experiences and stepping-stones.<br />We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. How many times does a baby fall over in the transition from crawling to walking? Do they give up on ever being able to walk simply because of a few tumbles?<br />
  27. 27. Lesson 18 : Don’t Be Worried, Take More Actions<br />I have spent most of my time worrying about things that have never happened. Worrying is not an action! In fact, it is action that alleviates concern and dissipates worries. Take more actions when you feel that worry is creeping in to steal your time. It need not be a huge action, any action in the direction you want to go will do.<br />
  28. 28. Lesson 19 : Certain Opinion Could Be Fogging up The View<br />When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When <br />I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. See what happens when you "know it all", at any stage of life? Farther down the track you may see clearly how certain personal opinions, held onto too tightly, could be fogging up the view, and providing incorrect insight.<br />
  29. 29. Lesson 20 : Sail Away From The Safe Harbor. <br />Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”<br />
  30. 30. “I can teach anybody how to get, what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.” <br /> Mark Twain<br /> 1835-1910<br />Thank You Very Much<br />SompongYusoontorn<br />

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