Monday, 30 May 2011

GBE 2 - 002 (Blog 2) - Tips for a succesful life

This is a list of tips for a successful life offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his New Year's address from 2008.

Instructions for life Mantra

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R's of good karma:

Respect for self
Respect for others and
Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.


  1. Sometimes we just have to break the rules, but it does pay to know them before we break them.
    Glad you are a part of GBE 2 Eeyore.

  2. Awesome post!! Cheers, Jenn.

  3. PERFECT! Great job, Ian. ♥

  4. Great words of wisdom from a great man.

    ~Theresa Wiza~

  5. Glad you all liked this. HHDL is a major role model of mine. I particularly like his last tip:

    Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon

  6. 5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

    My favourite by a long way.I love breaking rules, properly or im... :D Cool post, Ian :)

  7. I absolutely love this list!!! :D