Gene’s Ten Rules to Live by:
1. Live life with Passion
2. Play to win vs. playing not to lose
3. Look for the fun in most situations
4. Live more for today and worry less about tomorrow
5. The greatest risk is in not trying
6. Attitude is truly the spice of life
7. Planning and follow through are the foundation of success
8. People are the most important thing in life
9. Persistence is the great equalizer
10. Pursue opportunity aggressively
Back in my hometown in Upstate, NY for the week and I’ve been working out of my Dad’s office. I moved a stack of books he had on his glass desk and underneath it, wedged between the glass, was a typed up list titled, “Gene’s Ten Rules to Live by.” With it was also a Nelson Mandela quote, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall,” and his first paycheck from 1987. He’d started the business five years earlier in 1982. The amount: $205.84 - for two weeks.
Last night at dinner, I asked him when he typed that list up. He looked at me a little perplexed and said, “Oh, I don’t know - maybe 25 years ago?”
In all those years, I’d never seen it. He’d never hung it on our fridge or handed it to one of us growing up. He just lived it. He lead by example. He told stories around those principles, he encouraged us to define our own principles, and he allowed us to see the world through a lens that was first his own - but flexible enough for us to make it our own.
I think that’s the best thing we can do for each other in life, and in this wellness space. Lead by example and allow each other the space to define what wellness means to each one of us as individuals. Because ultimately, defining what wellness means to you, is defining what a good life means to you. And a good life is what we’re all after.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.