Does the to-do list of the wealthiest man in China offer any tips for growing in virtue? Take a look below and see for yourself.
Jack Ma is a titan of the internet business world. His goals may not match up exactly with yours, but his advice is still chock-full of virtuous actions. Generosity, self-control, courage, justice, studiousness, prudence, and patience, to name a few. Can you spot any more? And which ones do you think would be most helpful in becoming more Christ-like?
In this penitential and reflective season of Advent, ask yourself what one thing from this list can you start doing today?
- Lists your three most important things every day.
- Arrive to the office ten minutes earlier than others.
- Think for a few seconds before speaking.
- Count to 30 before throwing a tantrum.
- When in doubt, pick the hardest thing to do.
- Give everything a deadline.
- Sit in the front row.
- Observe people walking in front of you.
- Leave the office ten minutes later than others.
- Remember the names of everyone around you.
- Do everything enthusiastically, even sweeping the floor.
- Praise others behind their backs.
- Pay attention to everyone around you.
- Let others finish speaking.
- Give others a little more than they expect.
- Praise people before criticizing them.
- Always carry a pen and paper.
- Note down your dreams within five minutes of waking up.
- List your ten weaknesses, and correct them one by one.
- When it comes to important decisions, sleep on it.
- Ask yourself questions five minutes before sleeping.
- Keep smiling every day.
- Never bring work home.
- Eat breakfast with your family.
- Meet new friends through old friends.
- Spend half an hour a day reading books.
- Have four short-term goals, and one main goal.
- Never let making money be your main goal in life.
- Read your goals aloud ten times a day.
- Take immediate action!