Seven “creeds”

Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece (be the best that you can be)
Help others.
Drink deeply from good books
Make friendship a fine art
Build a shelter against a rainy day by the life you lead
Give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance everyday


Be the best that you can be. Not necessarily better than someone else. Maximize one’s own potential. Don’t worry about the rest.

Chapter 5. The author’s tips on reading:
Set time aside regularly
Be discriminating (time spent reading is a cost)
Have books available for reading
Don’t just read; interact with books (actively reflect)
Have books around the home (own some books)
Set aside some vacation time for a reading sabbatical
Share one’s reading enthusiasm with others
Use what is learnt
Read widely (interesting side story of Danish engineer, Carl Kroyer, who successfully raised a ship in 1964 Kuwait by using styrofoam balls; he drew inspiration from a Walt Disney comic)
Encourage others to read, especially the young