31 things I’ve learned about life

We learn a lot about life everyday. Here are some things I have learned along the way.
  1. I'm a sinner saved by grace.
  2. My wife is my biggest supporter.
  3. I need moments of "refueling.” What fills you up?
  4. It's not child abuse to say "no."
  5. Discipline means to guide, not punish.
  6. Write it down, make it happen.
  7. Portion control, portion control, portion control.
  8. When it comes to shopping, always consider quality. A more expensive pair of shoes will save you money in the long run.
  9. If you WANT something, wait a few days to see if you NEED it. 
  10. Behind every face is a story. Most times a very interesting story.
  11. Debt makes you a slave to the debtor.
  12. Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours.
  13. Most of what children learn from their parents is caught, not taught.
  14. One of the best things you can do for your kids is to take them on family trips, both domestically and internationally.
  15. Less is more.
  16. Life is largely about connecting with others. These connections often become strong and healthy relationships. We connect with God; we connect with our spouse, our children; we connect with friends, with colleagues, with students.
  17. Thankfulness cures many aliments. 
  18. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela
  19. Hope mixed with hard work and determination is a recipe for making the impossible possible.
  20. Introduce yourself and talk to strangers. Leave them feeling good about themselves.
  21. Give first, pay debts off faster than scheduled, save and finally spend.
  22. A family without a budget is like a ship without a compass.
  23. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  24. Kindness shouldn't be optional.
  25. If you want to move ahead into God's future, you must leave your past behind. Our best days are not behind us. They are in front of us.
  26. Lead by serving.
  27. You can't make a child nap; you can only ask them to rest.
  28. Talk and read to your children as much as possible.
  29. You can have a great family, while still making a great contribution in the work you do.
  30. Never do something for a child that they can do for themselves.
  31. Don't expect a child to know how to do something if you haven't taught them.