(5) Be strong enough to stand entirely on your own if need be. That’s the only sure-fire way you can be strong enough for someone else, if that’s required. Trust me on this one – I know there’s a lot of literature out there that says the opposite. Poppycock. Be strong. Vulnerability is vastly over-rated.
(6) Understand that practically everything is a double-edged sword. If you understand the flip-side – if you can think through the unintended consequences - you will always make the best available choice. Most issues can be traced to unintended consequences. Single-mindedness might be good for the instant moment, but it’s rarely good for the long-term.
(7) You should consider yourself successful at life if you can weather all that life throws at you and come out emotionally whole. The most tragic thing to witness is people breaking in the face of adversity – people that lose, or shut out, a part of themselves forever.
(8) Finally, some of my best advice: if you are going to be stubborn, you better be right.
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