Parent Education Handout # 8a
Twenty-five Lessons for Life
by Marian Wright Edelman
from The Measure of Our Success
- 1. There is no free lunch. Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for.
- 2. Set goals and work quietly and systematically toward them.
- 3. Assign yourself.
- 4. Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.
- 5. Don't be afraid of taking risks or of being criticized.
- 6. Take parenting and family life seriously and insist that those you work for and who represent you do.
- 7. Remember that your wife (spouse) is not your mother or your maid but your partner and friend.
- 8. Forming families is serious business.
- 9. Be honest.
- 10. Remember, and help America remember, that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race and class and gender in a democratic society.
- 11. Sell the shadow for the substance.
- 12. Never give up.
- 13. Be confident that you can make a difference.
- 14. Don't ever stop learning and improving your mind.
- 15. Don't be afraid of hard work or of teaching your children to work.
- 16. Slow down and live.
- 17. Choose your friends carefully.
- 18. Be a can-do, will-try person.
- 19. Try to live in the present.
- 20. Use your political and economic power for the community and others less fortunate.
- 21. Listen for "the sound of the genuine" within yourself and others.
- 22. You are in charge of your own attitude.
- 23. Remember your roots, your history, and the forbearers' shoulders on which you stand.
- 24. Be reliable. Be faithful. Finish what you start.
- 25. Always remember that you are never alone.