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30 Things to Be

By on Apr 17, 2013

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I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. – Arthur Rubinstein

When I was a boy, there were so many things I wanted to be. I wanted to be a cowboy, a professional baseball player and a motorcycle daredevil.

When I was a teenager, there were so many things I wanted to be. I wanted to be a doctor, a writer and a high school teacher.

When I was a young adult, there were so many things I wanted to be. I wanted to be a businessman, an executive and an entrepreneur.

Now as an AARP-eligible, less-is-more-thinking middle-aged man, the things I want to be have changed over the years. What I want to be has less to do with an occupation and more to do with how I want to live each day.

After spending the last 50 years considering what I want to be, today I’m blessed with the knowledge, experience and wisdom to know that these 30 things are the most important things to be – no matter what title is printed on my business card.

  1. be grateful.
  2. be positive.
  3. be passionate.
  4. be love.
  5. be faithful.
  6. be generous.
  7. be forgiving.
  8. be patient.
  9. be encouraging.
  10. be kind.
  11. be kind

  12. be intentional.
  13. be humble.
  14. be honest.
  15. be ambitious.
  16. be sensitive.
  17. be gentle.
  18. be brave.
  19. be responsible.
  20. be fun.
  21. be joyful.
  22. Jump-for-Joy

  23. be curious.
  24. be hopeful.
  25. be attentive.
  26. be respectful.
  27. be tolerant.
  28. be forgiven.
  29. be optimistic.
  30. be dignified.
  31. be caring.
  32. be happy.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Be grateful for me is the most important one: if you are grateful you are happier

  • Great list Alex. I kept thinking of other ones and then they turned out not to be other ones — they were already on your list. On my own list of 6, which is of a different nature, you’ve got Be Happy (no surprise) and Be Nice (you say Be Kind & Caring & many others). My others: Be a Leader, Be Organized (off the track you’ve written about here), Be a Lifelong Learner, and Be Healthy.
    Again I say, great list Alex. Really enjoyed it.

    Best regards,


    • You have a great list, too David. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kake

    I’ll be glad to see your experience in live, many people told me to lost my sensitive and this hard. But you look confidence event you are sensitive too from your list. This motivating me to become my self.