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Dr Seuss: Life Coach

September 27, 2012

Dr Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, is one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors.  Many of us grew up reading his books, and their colourful characters and imaginative turns of phrase still resonate with kids today.

According to Wikipedia, Seuss was a perfectionist who could spend upwards of a whole year on a book, of which he published 46 in his lifetime.  He would gather material, and trash 95% until he was happy with a theme.

Perhaps that’s why his books contain so many great life lessons.  Psychologist Elisha Goldstein has gathered seven of her favourites:

  1.  “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
  2. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
  3. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
  4. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
  5. “I’m afraid sometimes you’ll play lonely games too, games you can’t win because you’ll play against you.”
  6. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
  7.  “And the turtles, of course… All the turtles are free – As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.”

What are some of yours?

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