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announcement Martin Lee on 03 Jan 2008 12:47 am

12 Tenets of Life

As we begin the new year, I will like to share with you two things for you to think about.

First, let us start our reflection by looking at the 12 Tenets of Life. Tony Robbins created a short video on it and I have summarised the 12 tenents into a text form (Thanks to Klaus Heffels for forwarding to me the video).

1. Live a life of service.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

2. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

We need lots of love to forgive, but we need much more humility to ask for forgiveness. ~ Mother Theresa

3. Be kind.

Life is short, but there is always enough time for courtesy. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. Be remarkable.

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~ Les Brown

5. Seek unity.

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

6. Strive for wisdom.

Science is organised knowledge. Wisdom is organised life. ~ Immanuel Kant

7. Be grateful.

When you are grateful, fears disappear and abundance appears. ~ Tony Robbins.

8. Think critically.

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. ~ Albert Einstein

9. Be brave.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

10. Be humble.

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself. ~ Blaise Pascal

11. Be creative.

A creative person is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. ~ Aya Rand

12. Be present.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank

While you are thinking through the 12 tenents of life, have a look at this short video clip. Your speaker volume has to be on for maximum effect.

Appreciate what we all have and have a great year ahead!

11 Responses to “12 Tenets of Life”

  1. on 03 Jan 2008 at 5:24 am 1.George Bruno said …

    As always Martin, you have a great blog. I always look forward to reading it.
    George in the Philadelphia area.

  2. on 03 Jan 2008 at 7:25 am 2.arthur said …

    Hi Martin,

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational video with me. We should never underestimate the power of determination.

    Martin thanks again


  3. on 03 Jan 2008 at 7:50 am 3.Eamon said …


    Great site.

    Would you be interested in exchanging links?

    My site is on account planning, advertising in general, media, and creative thinking.

    [email protected]

  4. on 09 Jan 2008 at 2:26 am 4.Martin Lee said …

    Hi George and Arthur,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    It was truly a video that touched my heart.

    Hi Eamon,

    If you post a couple more comments, your link will naturally appear under “top commentators” you see on the right. 🙂

  5. on 09 Jan 2008 at 3:12 am 5.TomJohnes said …

    Hi Martin,

    This video was amazing. Thanks to share it with us. I am very interested of another videos of this kind. 🙂

  6. on 23 Jan 2008 at 12:23 am 6.Lily said …

    The 12 principles is really nice and sounds like what Bible teaches. For me, it is not easy to applied those all in my life. I should learn one by one. But if we could do those, the happines, the succesfull, and the prosperity will come to our life.

  7. on 24 Jan 2008 at 12:36 am 7.Martin Lee said …

    Hi Lily,

    I feel that for most of us, greed or the desire for material wants can sometimes be the cause of all our unhappiness.

    What really makes a great person?

  8. on 24 Jan 2008 at 8:29 am 8.Lily said …

    Hi Martin,

    I agree with you…Greed makes people unhappy because richness without gratitude to God will never satisfiy us. I think a great person is he who know how to use what he has in his life to contribute/effect in positive way for others. I believe this kind of person will bring happiness to others and his own life…Do you think so?

  9. on 24 Jan 2008 at 4:08 pm 9.Martin Lee said …

    Hi Lily,

    I think one of the greatest needs of everyone of us is recognition. If you look at it, a lot of things we do is for recognition. Be it from society, our family or friends.

    Doing good and contributing in a positive way will almost certainly lead that person to be “recognised” in some way (either internally or externally).

    That should bring happiness. 🙂

  10. on 25 Jan 2008 at 2:54 pm 10.Lily said …

    Hi Martin,

    Yeah, I think you are right. Recognition from others (especially from families and friends)however be the spirit and motivation for us to do something. Without recognition from others we might feel empty and useless…Yes, you are right…

    Nice to share with you, Martin.

  11. on 30 Jan 2008 at 4:26 pm 11.Martin Lee said …

    Thanks for sharing too Lily.

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