If you could boil down everything you know into something concise that you would like to convey to the younger people in your life, what would you say? Below are some of my thoughts.
First, would be “Do unto others, as you would have done to yourself”. The golden rule. With this, you don’t need any other religion or morality.
Second would be to exercise. Exercise has so many benefits. Besides the obvious fitness, there are the self esteem and confidence benefits and I believe a strong relation to drive and intelligence.
Third would be to read. Read to learn and understand. Not romance novels and other useless crap, but the classics, history, psychology, economics. Learn the meaning of words, learn logic and clear thinking.
And lastly, question everything. Don’t take anything at face value, even and especially if its a view passed down from your parents. If you don’t understand something, seek to understand it. And don’t rely on others to teach you, teach yourself what you need to know to understand your questions.
I feel that if you follow these four simple to say, but not so simple to follow rules, you will have a significant advantage over a majority of your peers. In a global and ever more competitive world it might be a required edge.