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Famous Screenwriter Shares 3 Important Things About Life…

5 April 2011 No Comment

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1: Make Someone Happy

Make someone happy. Learn how to laugh and how to make someone else laugh. Take pleasure in who they are…in other words, love someone.

2: Be Helpful

Find out how you can be helpful. It didn’t occur to me at first that being helpful was better then being the center of attention, but it turns out that if you can really find a way to be helpful, more satisfaction and praise then you know what to do with will come your way.

Being helpful assumes that the people you help actually WANT your help, and that you know enough to actually be of help and not make life worse for them then it already is. This means getting as smart as you can…

african american couple in kitchenBut getting smart is a tricky business. The smartest people I’ve ever met where the onese who knew EXACTLY what they were ignorant of.

If you don’t know much about something, assuming that what little you know is all there is to know is NOT the way to find out more.

And try not to assume that you can just take a stab at complex things. Complex things bite, so be wary of simple answers to complex questions.

3: Keep Score Your Way

If you keep score, keep score YOUR WAY. Don’t let the world tell you success is a big house if you think success is a happy home.

If you meet a bully that says, “I’m stronger and richer then you are and you’re nothing if you’re not stronger and richer then me,” and he’s stronger and richer then you’ll ever be, wouldn’t it be stupid to be get into a contest with this guy???


But maybe I’m putting it into too many words. Let’s say I was about to be shot in some petty dictatorship, and the firing squad goes…

alan alda book quotes“You have 10 seconds to tell us everything you’ve learned in life in one sentence, and if you can’t, our commander tells us to shoot you.

My response would be, “Boys…think for yourselves.” ~ Alan Alda

Alan Alda is a screenwriter, author, five-time Emmy Award and six-time Golden Globe Award winner, and author of the book Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. Click either of these blue links for more…


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