There is no shortage of self-help books on the market today.
In my opinion, many of today’s self-help books are a lot of the same watered down versions of the classics — and honestly, in many ways, I am pulling away from the repetitive, usually off the mark, narrative of todays personal growth content.
I just don’t feel I need another book on life & business HACKS & SHORTCUTS, 3 steps to ______, or how to be happy. Promises to 10x my income and own jets which are sure to bring me happiness, better relationships, respect and blah blah blah... Just not my style.
I am finding so much more value in reading and learning from history. I love learning from the ancient masters from 1000's of years ago.
The Tao Te Ching (Lao Tzu) and the Book of Proverbs (King Solomon) are definitely 2 of my favorites.
Read My 10 Life Lessons From The Tao Te Ching Here
I also enjoy reading teachings from Buddhists,, the Stoics and many other sources of ancient wisdom.
Don’t let the words "ancient wisdom' deter you. Once you dig into these resources you’ll find more applicable and relevant teachings than most modern, latest and greatest self-help books.
For now let’s dig into 20 Life Lessons I’ve learned from King Solomons teachings from the book of Proverbs.
Lesson 1: Stay Loyal, Be Faithful
“Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and high regard with God and people.”
Lesson 2: The Heart Is Sacred
“Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.”
Lesson 3: Follow Instructions, Accept Correction
“The one who follows instruction is on the path to life, but the one who rejects correction goes astray.”
Lesson 4: Be Authentic
“Better to be disregarded, yet have a servant, than to act important but have no food.”
Lesson 5: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem
“Even in laughter a heart may be sad, and joy may end in grief.”
Lesson 6: Someone Is Always Watching
“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good.”
Lesson 7: Patience And Control Are Virtues
“Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s emotions, than capturing a city.”
Lesson 8: Choose Quality Over Quantity
“One with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.”
Lesson 9: Seek Knowledge, Avoid Being Hasty
“Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily sins.”
Lesson 10: Actions Speak Loudly
“Even a young man is known by his actions — by whether his behavior is pure and upright.”
Lesson 11: Words Have Power
“The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
Lesson 12: Karma And The Law Of Cause & Effect Are Real
“The one who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.”
Lesson 13: Let The Fools Remain Fools
“Don’t speak to a fool, for he will despise the insight of your words.”
Lesson 14: Rise Above
“Don’t say, “I’ll do to him what he did to me; I’ll repay the man for what he has done.”
Lesson 15: Kindness Is A Super-Power
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
Lesson 16: Surround Yourself With Growth Minded People
“Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.”
Lesson 17: Humility Is Powerful
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth — a stranger, and not your own lips.”
Lesson 18: Don’t Chase Fantasies
“The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.”
Lesson 19: Give Back With A Generous & Compassionate Heart
“The one who gives to the poor will not be in need, but one who turns his eyes away will receive many curses.”
Lesson 20: Never Allow Anger To Be Your Guide
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise person holds it in check.”