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101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting

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101
Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting

Errlie J. Zelirlski

Visions International Publishing

COPYRIGHT © 2007 by Ernie J. Zelinski

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Reproduction in whole or in part, by any means, is not allowed without written permission. Direct all inquiries to: Visions International Publishing P.O. Box 4072, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6E 4S8 Phone: 780-434-9202, E-mail: vip-bookS@telus.net Distributed to Canadian bookstores by Sandhill Book Marketing, Unit #4 - 3308 Appaloosa Road, Kelowna, B.C., VIV 2G9, Phone 800-667-3848, www.sandhillbooks.com

FOREIGN EDITIONS:
Published in Spanish by Amat Editorial, Barcelona Published in Russian by Gayatri Publishing, Moscow Published in French by Stanke International, Montreal Published in Chinese traditional characters by Yuan-Liou Publishing, Taipei Published in Chinese simplified characters by CITIC Publishing House, Beijing Published in Korean by Mulpure Publishing, Seoul

Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Zelinski, Ernie J. (Ernie John), 1949101 really important things you already know, but keep forgetting : how to make life more livable and enjoyable dayby-day, year-by-year / Ernie J. Zelinski. ISBN 978-0-9694194-6-4 1. Conduct of life. 2. Self-realization. 1. Title. H. Title: One hundred and one really important things you already know, but keep forgetting.

BF637.C5Z452007

158.1

C2007 -903077 -7

Printed and Bound in Canada by Friesens 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - 12 11 10 09 08 07

Dedicated to My Wonderful Mother Violet Zelinski
(Waselyna Gordychuk) August 5, 1921 - February 8,2007

Who passed away while I was completing this book - and meant so much to her friends, her relatives, and me for so many years. We all love you and miss you dearly.

Contents
Preface 1 1. You Oon't Have to Know the Meaning of Life to Enjoy It Fully 3 5 2. Life Is Tough - But Then Again, Compared to What? 3. Life's a Breeze When You Work As Hard at Simplifying It As You 00 at Complicating It 7 4. Happiness Ooesn't Care How You Get There 9 5. Slow Down in Your Pursuit of Happiness and It's More Likely to Catch up with You 11 6. Predict Your Failures and You Will Become a Highly Successful Prophet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 7. The Pain of Unfulfilled Oreams Can Be the Worst Ache You Will Ever Experience 15 8. If You Want to Be aStar, It's Best Not to Bother with Other Things 17 9. 00 the Oifficult and Uncomfortable If You Would Like an Easy and Comfortable Life 20 10. Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Success - You Can Too! 23 11. Overnight Success Happens Only in Fairy Tales, Trashy Novels, and Bad Movies 25 12. To Know and Not to 00 Is Not Yet to Know 27 13. Always Expect the Unexpected Because the Only Certainty Is Uncertainty 29 14. Too Much Safety Is Oangerous for Your Well-Being 31 33 15. You Can Observe a Lot Just by Watehing 16. Oon't Mess Around with Reality and Reality Won't Mess Around with You 35 17. If You Oon't Want to Accomplish Something Important, Any Excuse Will 00 37 18. Self-Pity Costs Nothing and It Is Worth Just As Much 39 19. You Can Be a Victim or You Can Be Successful - You Can't Be Both, However .41 20. If Something Is Boring You, It's Probably You .43 21. All Worry Is Wasted .45 22. Procrastination Is the Art of Keeping Up with Yesterday .47

23. Don't Buy Expensive Sacks IfYou Can Never Find Them 24. Book Smart Does Not Mean Life Smart 25. Contrary to Popular Belief, Time Is Not Money 26. Slow Down and the Rest of the World Will Slow Down for You 27. A Good Friend Is Much...
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