1. The Go-Giver

We spoke about the book The Go-Giver previously, but it so good that I want to mention it again. The book teaches us that when we shift our focus from getting to giving, we can achieve whatever goals we seek. Seems counter-intuitive, but when we give value to others and put their interests first – before our own interests, then we will find true success. The book is written in parable form and reminds us of Proverbs 11:25, which states, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

2. How to admit a mistake
Recently, another lawyer admitted that he had made a mistake. Instead of staying quiet, waiting for me to find out, he called me, admitted the mistake, told me his plan to fix the mistake, and apologized. Sometimes, we are all reluctant to admit we made a mistake, but lawyers can be the absolute worst. By coming clean and taking responsibility, this other lawyer actually gained credibility with me and lost nothing. To find a game plan for admitting fault, check out this article.

3. How can we “practice” gratitude?

With Thanksgiving approaching, I began to think about the act of gratitude. There is no doubt in my mind that taking the time to “practice” gratitude will make us all happier people. Science actually backs this belief up by showing that we sleep better, have better relationships and even make more money! This article by Psychology Today has five wonderful tips on practicing gratitude. Check it out to learn more!

4. In a wreck with a child in a car seat? You must replace that seat!

If you were in a wreck and your child was in a car seat or even a booster seat, you should probably replace it AND the insurance company that was at fault should pay for such replacement! Even if your child was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident, you still must dispose of the car seat or booster. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a replacement is recommended whenever there has been a moderate to severe car crash. However, it has been my experience that even in a somewhat minor impact, insurance companies will usually pay the cost of the replacement without putting up a huge fight. This article by SafeRide4Kids.com goes into more detail about when an accident may be considered only “minor” and also talks about what to do with your old child safety seat.

5. Did you teach your teen driver how to change a tire SAFELY? Can you?

When Natalie started driving, we reviewed the car manual about how to take care of minor car issues and how to change the tire. Every car is different, so I recommend not only reviewing the instructions, but also actually changing the tire – for practice. I hope that I will always be available to help her, but that is not always going to be possible. I recommend this video as a great, basic visual guide on how to safely change a tire.

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