I love the list from the book as these can be applied to not only writers, but so many things people do in life.
1. Be tenacious and curious about everything.
Don’t be afraid to try and do new things. See where they take you. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it.
2. Abandon yourself to joy on occasion.
Don’t be afraid to allow yourself to be happy. It’s okay to give into the joyous side of life.
3. At all times, follow what you love.
Have you ever known someone who said, “Man, I hate to do so and such. I can’t wait to do it.” You haven’t? Me either. Life is too short to not do things you enjoy and love. Happiness can be so fleeting so make the most of the time you have for the things, or the people for that matter, that you love.
4. Have a steadfast and loyal heart.
Don’t give up on yourself, and especially if things get hard. It’s in these times that we find that inner strength to continue to keep moving forward. We have to learn that if we stay strong and true to who we are in the end we can then find an inner peace.
5. Work hard and sleep well.
Most importantly, always pour your heart and soul into what you do. The more time and energy you put into something the greater the rewards. And don’t forget getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night is so important.
So, who would ever have thought being like a dog could be a good thing.