Life Lessons From the 1900s That Are Still Relevant Today

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Write down your goals

People had more time to think about their goals and write them down in the early 20th century. Putting ideas on paper or in a Google document requires discipline and time, but it helps you stay organized and focused.

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Admit when you’re wrong

It has always been difficult for people to admit they were wrong — in the early 1900s and today. Hiding the truth seems easier, but it can lead to problems later. Admitting when you’re wrong actually raises your standing with others.

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Read every day

People in the early 20th century read more books or newspapers. Reading can be crowded out by overscheduling and overwork, but people still manage to use what leisure time they have to read books — online, in audio books, or the old fashioned way.

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Be grateful

Each Thanksgiving, Americans count their blessings with family and friends. There is no reason we can’t express our gratitude more often than once a year, through reflection while on a walk or exercising.

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Be open to new ideas

In the early 1900s, America, a comparatively young nation, was open to new ideas. Being open to new ideas helps keep you young.