Sunday, May 28, 2023

Vassallo: Revisiting Life’s Little Instruction Book

Life's Little Instruction Book

Recently when I was actively searching for some meaningless something, I came across this book. It contains 511 suggestions, observations and reminders on how to live a happy and rewarding life.

The book was written by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. and copyrighted in 1991. It has been several years since last opening it, but I was drawn to do so again.

Here are a few of my very favorite:

  • 318. Hear both sides before judging.
  • 262. Don’t gossip.
  • 415. Be enthusiastic about the success of others.
  • 489. Don’t make the same mistake twice.
  • 232. Keep your promises.
  • 181. Wear out, don’t rust out.
  • 211. Take your dog to obedience school. You’ll both learn a lot.
  • The other 504 are just as meaningful. If everyone could live by these standards, this world would be a far better place.

    One of my most favorite sayings that I heard somewhere along the way is the definition of luck is where opportunity and preparation meet.

    I’m sure we all have our favorites. And 2015 is not that far along either if we need to change directions as to anything we’re doing or not doing!


    Steve Vassallo is a contributor. Steve writes on Ole Miss athletics, Oxford business, politics and other subjects. He is an Ole Miss grad and former radio announcer for the basketball team. In addition, he is a certified economic and community developer and currently, a highly successful leader in the real estate business with Premier Properties of Oxford.You can contact Steve at or call him at (985) 852-7745.