There are schools of thought that will always stand the test of time. They are old school solutions that have been successful for many generations and can be used to solve today’s problem.

5 Schools of Thought You Should Use to Guide Your Life

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Moyan Brenn via Flickr

1. Monitor Your Thoughts

A man was working in a cold store for a company whose business was preserving fish. One day, his colleague locked him in the cold store without knowledge.

The next day, he was discovered dead. However, upon further investigation, his colleagues discovered that the plug powering the cold store was unplugged. “How did he die?” was the question going through their mind.

it is sad that the man died without being aware that the cold store wasn’t working yet the story reminds me of a wise saying, “Be careful about what you think, your thought runs your life”.

This statement though simple is one of the first principles of guiding your life.

Most people have changed the course of their destiny through their thought process. They overcame their obstacles by refusing to give up. and focused on a positive thought process that led to their success.

 Guide your life by monitoring your thoughts.

5 Time Tested Schools of Thought You Should Use to Guide Your Life

2. Readers are Leaders

There is one thing that can shape the life of a man and that is “Information”. No wonder that the internet is embraced by the World. Just with a laptop and an internet modem, you can tap into an information storehouse and gain knowledge in your area of interest.

Shreyans Bhansali via Flickr
Shreyans Bhansali via Flickr

Although too much information can lead to poor decision making especially if they are not from the right source, yet lack of information makes one ignorant and the end result is always fatal.

Information is king and if you are not informed then you are deformed. When you take time to study, you will never be ashamed and no one will be able to take the truth away from you.

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phil h via Flickr

3. Watch Out For Friends

Bob Marley sang a song that “Your best friend could be your worst enemy“. There is a truth to this statement.

Here is a school of thought from Aesop; ” “If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.”

You need to watch out for your friends because they are part of your life. The wrong set of friends could make your life miserable while the right set of friends could make you an achiever.

Evil companion does corrupt good manners; so watch out.

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Ron Mader via Flickr

4. Don’t Make Assumptions

“Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make — bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake —

if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble. Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble. For instance, one morning you might wake up and make the assumption that your bed was in the same place that it always was, even though you would have no real evidence that this was so. But when you got out of your bed, you might discover that it had floated out to sea, and now you would be in terrible trouble all because of the incorrect assumption that you’d made. You can see that it is better not to make too many assumptions, particularly in the morning.”

Lemony Snicket

If you are in the habit of making too many assumptions, it is time you reconsider. Making an assumption is a terrible business. Assumption without evidence is like driving a Race Car blindfolded and expecting to reach the finish line.

5. Do not Judge

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The boy you punched today in the hall committed suicide few minutes ago…

The guy you dumped today loved you with his life…

The girl you called a slut today in class is a virgin…

That boy you called lame, works every night to support his family…

That girl you pushed down today is already being abused at home…

That girl you called fat is already starving herself…

That old man you made fun of because of his ugly scar fought for your country…

The boy you made fun of for crying is doing so because his mother is dying and he can’t do anything about it…

The 15-year-old girl you see carrying her baby was defiled at 13…

You thought you know them, didn’t you? Guess what, you don’t. You never know what people are going through so pause before you open your mouth judging, criticizing, or mocking others. Everyone is fighting their own unique war…Don’t judge anyone!!! Idongesit Ekpo

What a great poem and a wonderful school of thought about the harm of judging. You have probably experienced a situation where you misjudged an event, a person, or friend because you came to a conclusion based on some certain pattern of thought.

It’s best not to read a sentence to a situation rather read the whole book before making a conclusion.

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Do you know other schools of thought that have guided your life? Please share it with everyone.

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