The seven guiding principles Don lives by:

1. Smile

Peace begins with a smile   •   Mother Theresa

Smiling takes your mind to a better place, it also helps you be become a bit better looking.

You’re welcome.

Young girls being silly

2. Use doors to reset my attitude

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference   •   Winston Churchill

Every time you walk through a door empower yourself to take control of your thoughts. Don’t take a bad experience or any negative baggage with you, leave it at the door.

Door opening

3. Use my manners

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot  •  Clarence Thomas

There is no greater influence in the world than well placed manners, saying please and thank you belong with every good deed.

thank you

4. Give credit where credit is due

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.   •   William Shakespeare

It’s amazing what can be achieved if you don’t mind who gets the credit though true leaders are not afraid to show their gratitude for a job well done.


5. Remind myself how lucky I am to have one good leg

When you are grateful – fear disappears and abundance appears  •   Anthony Robbins

Every day I have the power of choice, I can focus on my missing leg or be grateful for the good one I have, I get far more from each day focusing on the positives in life.

Don Elgin on tree

6. Do something new

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.   •   Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s your life, why shouldn’t it be exciting? Commit to finding something different to eat, drink, travel or do. It’s a takes commitment but it will reward you very well, you will look forward to your new thing every day and always have something to talk about. Enjoy.

try new things

7. Live and don’t hold back, just have a crack!

Life is NOT a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – WOW, what a ride!   •   Anonymous

Don’t talk yourself out of having a go. Live a full and happy life.  Sometimes our greatest experiences come from simply having a crack. We know the ending, we don’t get out of this alive. It’s game on. Give yourself reason to look back when your last day arrives and say that was bloody awesome.


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