“Okay, so who can tell me what a precept is? Does anyone know?”
No one raised their hands.
Mr. Browne smiled, nodded, and turned around to write on the chalkboard again:


“Like a motto?” someone called out.
“Like a motto!” said Mr. Browne, nodding as he continued writing on the board. “Like a famous quote. Like a line from a fortune cookie. Any saying or ground rule that can motivate you. Basically a precept is anything that helps guide us when making decisions about really important things.”

Excerpt taken from ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio.

Why compare yourself to others? (Credit: Downunder Dad)

Downunder Dad’s favourite precepts

“The pursuit of happiness is the source of all unhappiness.”

“Do and believe that which moves you towards your goal.” – Tom Bailleu

“To thine own self be true.” – Hamlet, Shakespeare

“Act. Despite…” – Mark Manson

“Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.” – James Clear

“Remember that social media is a highlight reel.”

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn

“Compare yourself only to yourself.”

“Commit. Prepare. Execute. Reflect.” – Navy SEAL Master Chief, Stephen Drum

Really important things. (Credit: Downunder Dad)

Favourite quotes

When people think you’re crazy it’s just because they don’t have the courage to do what you’re doing.

Ryan Serhant

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

J. K. Rowling

You don’t know who is swimming naked until the tide goes out.

Warren Buffet

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