Introduction – 5 Principles for a Successful Life

This book was written by Newt Gingrich and his daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, with the help of prominent people they know and admire, to show you how to live life to the fullest. Of course, Newt Gingrich is one of America’s leading conservative figures, but the book offers words of wisdom and guidelines for leading a successful and fulfilling life. If you feel life is complicated, ask any happy and successful person this question and they will most likely tell you that life is quite simple. By following five basic principles to dream big, work hard, learn every day, enjoy life and be true to yourself you can live life to the fullest.

One of the most important documents in our nation’s history, the Declaration of Independence refers to the right of pursuit of happiness. But it doesn’t guarantee happiness, just the pursuit thereof. Pursue your happiness and only you can see and live your dream. Learn five principles and live by them. Many people strive for material success – expensive cars, designer wardrobes, and having a big ass roof over your head. Others look to recognition – celebrity or societal impact as a marker. Some view success on a more personal perspective – being a good father, mother, sister, brother or daughter. The long-term effect on your actions, are you making the world a better place for your family? Success means adding value to people’s lives and making a difference to those around you. Determine for yourself how to define success in life. We tend to focus on achieving success and often forget to focus on what creates success. Success does not happen overnight and it doesn’t happen easily. Everyone can find a way to be successful and the outcome is simply the result of an ongoing process of learning to live successfully.

Following the five principles – dream big, work hard, learn every day, enjoy life and be true to yourself – anyone can improve their life and create success. Success is a process that involves a lifetime of learning about how to succeed. Mastering them requires diligence and perseverance. The application of any one might result in progress but the integration of all five can lead to great results. It can be challenging to live by these principles and there will be occasions when you fall short. But when you fall short, pick yourself up and move yourself back to the path you want to follow. Focus first on these principles and your values and you will follow the right path. Following these principles creates a positive impact on anyone willing to learn them and live them.

-Karl

P.S. For those of you wondering about the roof link, my buddy Tyler started his own roofing business out in Ohio and I couldn’t resist giving him a shoutout. Way to go man!