42 Virtues For Living a More Joyous, Fulfilling and Successful Life

Do you seek more happiness in your life?  Joy?  Fulfillment?  Success? Satisfaction?

If you seek these things, then living a more virtuous life could be just the answer for you.

But what exactly are virtues and which ones are most important?  And how do virtues help us to live a better life?

The dictionary defines virtue as “a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person.”

A better definition is:  “A virtue is a trait of character that enables a person to flourish.”

Virtues keep us balanced.  They prevent the excesses and deficiencies that can lead to regret or guilt.  Research has shown that guilt is one of the most devastating emotions a person can have.  Guilt has destroyed many lives.  And the fewer regrets we have, the better.  We all intrinsically know that.

By being balanced, we are able to better enjoy every aspect of life and to be better friends, spouses, parents, employees, and bosses.

Virtues help us to get along better with people and to build better relationships.  They help us to avoid many of the pitfalls of life.  They keep us from sabotaging our own success.

Virtues help us to keep our lives moving forward and upward.

Virtues definitely aren’t something that most of us often think about but they can be life changing.

Let’s learn more.

David Kekich’s 100 Credos: A Formula For Successful Living


“The shortest route to success in any field of endeavor, and life in general, is to seek the company of those who have more wisdom than you.” _Robert Ringer

David Kekich was an active 30-something passionate about exercise.  He lifted weights.  He ran long distances.  He exercised all the time.  He loved life.

Then, on July 7, 1978, while working out in the gym, something went terribly wrong and he incurred a crippling spinal cord injury.  He never again regained movement below his arms.

He spent the next 15 months circling the globe looking for a cure.  But none was found.

Instead of feeling sorry for himself, David relentlessly pushed forward with his life.

He spent 19 years raising money for paralysis research, never losing hope that he would one day walk again.

He also co-founded a national financial services company and Exceptional Producers, Inc., a master general life insurance agency.

David is currently working on reversing aging through his Maximum Life Foundation.

In spite of his handicap, David learned how to be successful and he has summarized what he has learned in 100 credos.

A credo is defined as a “creed or formula of belief.”

Thus, David Kekich’s 100 credos represent his formula for living a successful life no matter what your situation.

Following are his 100 credos in their entirety.

How to Use Questions to Supercharge Your Critical Thinking


“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”  _Tony Robbins

Critical thinking is the methodical practice of collecting and analyzing information to solve problems and arrive at sound, informed decisions.

Critical thinking is arguably the most important skill needed for success in the 21st century.

Unfortunately, most people have poorly developed critical thinking skills.

But that doesn’t have to be you.

Want to know the fastest, most effective way to improve your critical thinking?  To solve problems?  To get the answers you crave?

25 Characteristics of Successful People

Characteristics of Successful People

What makes one person more successful than another?  Is it education?  IQ?  Heredity?  Environment?  Luck?

These are certainly factors, but not the overriding ones.

No, the real difference between successful and unsuccessful people is in their thinking.  How they approach life.  How they approach problems.  How they deal with people.

Successful people embody right thinking, which, in turn, is reflected in their behavior.

A good way to become more successful in your own life is to study successful people and emulate their positive qualities.

Your Mind Is Like a Garden. Tend It Well.

Your Mind Is Like a Garden

“To gain all things, we must first gain a disciplined, orderly, constructive state of mind.”
_Raymond Holliwell

An essential life skill for creating a successful and fulfilling life is to be able to control your thoughts.  This is one of the most difficult things you will ever do.  But it is crucial.

If you don’t learn to control your thoughts, they will control you.  And, believe me, you won’t like the results.

Your mind is like a garden.  Each time you think a thought, you plant a seed.  Positive, optimistic, uplifting thoughts grow into beautiful flowers.  Negative, pessimistic thoughts grow into ugly, destructive weeds.

And if you’ve ever tried to grow a garden, then you know how destructive weeds can be.

The Power of Precise Thinking

Precise Thinking

Clear, precise thinking is a life skill that you must master if you want to be the success that you desire to be. Fuzzy logic may be great for writing computer programs, but it sure gets people into a world of trouble.

Raymond Holliwell put it well in his book “Working With the Law” when he said:

“The practice of clear thinking tends to clarify the mind, tones up the faculties, sharpens the perceptions, and gives one a stronger and better grasp of the basic essentials for a larger and richer life. Clear and exact thinking is a very great necessity.”

If you want to solve a problem, you must state the problem precisely. If you want to answer a question, you must state the question precisely. If you want to achieve a goal, you must state the goal precisely.

It’s just like a road map. If you want to get to a destination, you must state the address precisely, right down to the street number. Anything less and you won’t get to where you want to go.