Sunday, January 01, 2006

50 Ways I Can Improve Myself

Today begins 2006. Following the spirit of New Year's resolutions, I'm presenting a list written by John Patterson, founder and president of the National Cash Register Company. I've copied it from a reprint on pages 16 and 17 in Jeffrey Gitomer's book The Patterson Principles of Selling, which is essentially a compilation of Patterson's advice for his salesmen. The book contains a scan of this list, which was originally published inside a 1923 sales manual; the scan is credited to the NCR Archive at the Montgomery Historical Society.

Patterson lists five categories for self-improvement, with ten principles for each category:

  1. Simple food, quality, quantity.
  2. Regularity in eating and sleep.
  3. Masticate; leave table hungry.
  4. We are a part of all we have eaten.
  5. Exercise, five minutes, three times daily.
  6. Air — most important.
  7. Sunlight, artificial light.
  8. Water inside and outside.
  9. Loose clothing.
  10. Early to sleep; get plenty.
  1. Think sanely.
  2. Learn from mental superiors.
  3. Learn to listen attentively.
  4. Read best newspapers and books.
  5. Improve the memory.
  6. Concentrate.
  7. Don't worry unnecessarily.
  8. Be systematic.
  9. Weigh both sides.
  10. Avoid inferior minds.
  1. Right is right, wrong is wrong.
  2. Be truthful.
  3. Ignore precedent if wrong.
  4. Seek elevating recreation.
  5. Don't deceive yourself.
  6. Learn to say "no."
  7. Live up to your principles.
  8. Avoid temptation.
  9. Form good habits.
  10. Have a constitution.
  1. Increase my earnings.
  2. Decrease unnecessary expense.
  3. Save money, U.S. Postal Bank.
  4. Money makes money.
  5. Invest — don't gamble.
  6. Make family budget.
  7. Hard work.
  8. Study the business.
  9. Pay cash for everything.
  10. Increase credit balance.
  1. Avoid bad associates.
  2. Select helpful friends.
  3. Think alone.
  4. Learn to be happy alone.
  5. Family best company.
  6. Work out, alone, my problems.
  7. Avoid so-called society.
  8. Entertain economically.
  9. Stand well with neighbors.
  10. Do some welfare work.


At June 06, 2006 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your list. It's simple and to the point.

At November 10, 2008 9:35 AM, Blogger Prissilia Kho said...

came across ur blog by chance.. i really like ur new year resolution (i know it's really late!)

At April 10, 2009 2:29 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

It is realyy greatly inspiring.I wanna try....'coz I sd change.madhu

At August 20, 2009 2:05 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At February 26, 2010 11:21 AM, Blogger malhanrakesh said...

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At June 23, 2010 9:25 AM, Blogger panku said...

i gonna apply these rules in my life thanks.........

At January 07, 2012 4:52 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

i is very good list . i am engineering college student and i am going to make some of these points as my new year resolution . thank you sir


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