Family Guidelines

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January 2, 2010

In my early childhood years, there were some moments when I did not listen to my parents and did not like their decisions. Then I came to US and started to live without my parents for my Masters. That was when I missed my parents the most. My respect for them increased and I then realized “Parents are always correct”.

I am a very big fan of the quote(s) from the movie Godfather

  1. A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.
  2. Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again. Ever.
  3. Never tell anybody outside the family what you’re thinking again.

With my 28 years of binding with my family, I have inherited the following guidelines while learning from my family:

  1. Always respect your elders
  2. Never go against the family
  3. The parents are always correct when they give advice; even if you don’t like it
  4. (In Business & in Life) Never trust anyone other than family. Listen to everyone but don’t tell anyone what’s inside your head.
  5. There is no reason to be afraid if you are telling the truth
  6. Read to learn and not just to study
  7. From our childhood, we all know what is right and what is wrong.
  8. Life is simple. We choose to make it complicated. Keep it simple
  9. Donate but “Anonymously”
  10. Visit your native place at least once a year
  11. Learn from observing. Work your way bottom up. This way you know how to manage people.
  12. Always respect those who cannot afford. These are the people which teach us life and show us the real value of money.
  13. Take a vacation with Family at least once a year. Enjoy Life!
  14. Stories that teach you values are stories you should pass on (share) and never forget.
  15. Never take any gifts
  16. Education should always be undertaken in one of the finest schools
  17. Never make fun of others. Everyone has feelings.
  18. Health is wealth. If there is no health, wealth does not matter. (Exercise, Green Vegetables, Fruits, Milk) *
  19. Lead by example;motivate others and don’t be evil (be nice).
  20. Stick to your principles.

Some quotes which I respect

  1. Cleanliness is next to Godliness
  2. Smile: God loves you
  3. Get up early; Work till late; Strike Oil.
  4. Simple Living, High Thinking

* Areas marked are those which I still need to implement more in my existing life.

These days when I look at my parents and my family, I realize that time does not wait for any one. I choose to spend as much time possible with them. By observing the “Family Guidelines”, I believe to have made a balanced decision in embracing values which I’ll be able to pass to the generations to come.

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