The following twelve laws were listed in the first step of the The Templeton Plan (Affiliate Link). The book calls them simply the “laws of life.” I like to think of them as the 13 laws to a successful life. Here are the 12 laws along with my thoughts on each one.
1. Truthfulness – A successful person will only speak the truth. Unfortunately, it almost seems as though truth has become a matter of opinion these days. Just because we believe something, doesn’t make it true. I wish our politicians, celebrity activists, and business leaders could figure this one out.
2. Reliability – A successful person can be relied upon to do what they say they are going to do.
3. Faithfulness – A successful person is a loyal personloyal to their family, friends, co-workers, and themselves.
4. Perseverance – Difficulties are going to come. A successful person perseveres through those bad times to get to the good times. One way to persevere through a tough time is to turn it into an opportunity.
5. Enthusiasm – A truly successful person will have enthusiasm for whatever they are trying to accomplish. A successful person is enthusiastic NO MATTER what job they are doing.
6. Energy – This seems to go hand-in-hand with enthusiasm as I tend to associate the two together. Enthusiasm should give a person energy.
7. Humility – We all make mistakes. Therefore, it’s wise to humble ourselves, admit the mistakes and move on. Never associate humility with weakness. If anything, true humility is a sign of strength.
8. Pleasing Others – The book is quick to admit that there are limits to this law. A person can’t live their life simply trying to please others but they can and should try to do things that are pleasing to others. Make sense?
9. Giving – A truly successful person will give of their time and finances. I’m also a believer that a successful person will give without drawing attention to themselves.
10. Learning From Others – A successful person tries to learn something from everyone they meet. I have learned A LOT from the readers of this blog. I realized a long time ago that I don’t know everything and that there are people out there who know more than I do and are willing to share their knowledge with me.
11. Joy – A successful person is happy no matter what the circumstances. We all know people who are always happy. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them! Out of these 13 laws, I would say that this one would probably be the most difficult one for me to put into practice.
12. Altruism – According to my American Heritage College Dictionary, the definition of altruism is, “Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.” An altruistic person tries to make the world a better place to live in. That’s a noble goal.
I’m going to memorize this list and put all of these laws into practice in my life.