I don't profess these to be the ultimate truth or even assert that they haven't been stated a dozen times over on this site, but the germ of this post manifested itself in my mind this evening and won't relent until I commit it to writing somewhere. These are in no particular order.

1) Disappointment is momentary. Shame is passing. Regret is forever.
It is better to come out of the proverbial battle defeated but secure in the knowledge that you fought it than to sit by a coward and never know the result.

2) "If you can't forgive and forget, then how's this? Forget forgiving and just accept that that's it."
This one comes from a song by the British hip-hop duo Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip. It's pretty self-explanatory. Forgive and forget is a great philosophy to live by, but sometimes you just can't do it. If that's the case, just let it go. Being mad won't change it.

3) There is a time to be cautious...
Think before acting. It's a simple concept that can have terrible consequences when disregarded. Know what you're getting yourself into before you get into it.

4) ...and a time to just do.
Sometimes, you just have to take a tip from those old Nike ads. Just do it.

5) Don't complain about something you have the power to correct.
In the time you'd spend whining about a problem you can control, you could have fixed it 10 times over!

6) A smart man knows what to say. A wise man knows when to say it.
It's nice to be able to solve the problem. Do it with tact.

7) "You stay classy, San Diego."
Keep it classy. Dress well, look sharp, speak eloquently, employ wit.

8) Be smart about being stupid.
If you decide something might not be the best idea in the world to go through with, but you decide to do it anyways, be smart about it. If you shouldn't be doing it, don't get caught. If you could get yourself hurt or killed, tread carefully.

9) Be heard.
Got something important to say? Say it at the appropriate time.

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Quotes to consider:

"If not me, who? And if not now, when?" -Mikhail Gorbachev
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi
"Don’t find fault, find a remedy." -Henry Ford

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Comment by Eric on November 29, 2009 at 11:29am
Rule number six is something to always remember. Rule number six is, of course, "Don't take yourself too seriously."
Comment by carl netzler on November 29, 2009 at 8:53am
Those are all very good. I always liked a paraphrase of E. Kant's categorical imperitive: "Act as if the maxim of your action were to become a universal law."
Comment by Brett McKay on November 26, 2009 at 7:29am
Good summary of important life advice, oracle. I really dug it.
Comment by D. Geary on November 25, 2009 at 10:41am
My English teacher my junior year of High School started the first day with these words -- Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

This really struck me and I try to adapt it to my life. When things don't go the way you planned you need to change the way you react to it. Good times
Comment by Yankee Cowboy Bob on November 24, 2009 at 1:47pm
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
Comment by Will on November 24, 2009 at 3:31am
If you do what you always did, you'll get what you always got.

Anything that seems too good to be true probably is.

For any sufficiently deep truth, the opposite is also true. So take advice with a grain of salt. Including this.

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