21 Suggestions For Success

A while back, my brother sent me these “suggestions for success” by the American author H. Jackson Brown. We liked the list so much, we made a poster out of it. I’ve included an image of the poster below, as well as a plain-text version of the suggestions.

21 Suggestions For Success Poster

Many people have asked about buying this poster. There is a version available on Amazon here. I have also included the text below.

21 Suggestions for Success

By H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  6. Be generous.
  7. Have a grateful heart.
  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  12. Commit yourself to quality.
  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  14. Be loyal.
  15. Be honest.
  16. Be a self-starter.
  17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
  20. Take good care of those you love.
  21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.

H Jackson Brown is also the author of the bestseller Life’s Little Instruction Book.


  1. ATOzTOA

    April 4, 2008
    6:22 AM

    Good List… But how easy it is to follow them?

  2. Dominique

    April 9, 2008
    1:32 PM

    Great list! Things we all should be working towards.

  3. Monkeyget

    April 13, 2008
    4:43 AM

    It would be nice to have an higher resolution version.

  4. Jonathan

    April 13, 2008
    10:36 PM

    Great list! I especially like number 3 and 19.

  5. Kurshed

    April 19, 2008
    9:34 PM

    wish all humans follow 3 4 5 6 and 10.

  6. Wayne

    June 23, 2008
    2:01 PM

    Nice list! I think everyone should learn these in school at some point.

  7. Diane

    September 2, 2008
    5:26 PM

    I saw this poster at my car repair shop and thought it was great. How do I get a copy?

  8. vbdesena

    October 8, 2008
    8:46 AM

    I saw a similar poster at someone’s office and my first thought was: I want to have the list! It will remind me every day how valuable I can become!

  9. Sarah Jayne

    October 18, 2008
    2:32 PM

    I used to work for a clinic and I saw the same 21 suggestions with a different background in their corporate offices. No one could tell me where I could buy it either.

  10. Brian

    November 8, 2008
    12:03 PM

    My mother gave me this poster when I was a boy. I am going to acquire a new one because today I’m throwing the old one away due to wear. I read it on occasion and it seems to put my life perspectives back on track.

  11. Dick Owen

    November 11, 2008
    11:50 AM

    I am looking for a copy of the poster. Do any of you know where I can purchase one.

  12. Steve

    November 21, 2008
    7:57 AM

    Still no info posted on where this poster can be purchased. 21 suggestions for success

  13. Sonny

    November 29, 2008
    10:43 AM

    I would like to purchase the “21 suggestions for success” poster. How much is it? How do I order it?

  14. Marvin

    December 2, 2008
    9:56 AM

    That last one is the hardest to comply.

  15. Marjean

    December 2, 2008
    11:57 AM

    Can the posters be ordered?

  16. Denise

    December 5, 2008
    10:26 PM

    I saw this in my dentist’s office. I cannot find the poster anywhere; I wanted to purchase one for each of my children. Any suggestions?

  17. leslie Berger

    December 6, 2008
    3:37 PM

    I have the same question as Denise. Where can I buy the poster?

  18. popelarski

    February 22, 2009
    11:37 AM

    would like to get the poster 21 suggestions for success. How would I go about doing this. How much? thank you

  19. Matthew

    March 3, 2009
    10:43 PM

    For those asking, you can buy this poster on Amazon.

  20. Rav

    March 23, 2009
    4:11 PM

    Well, number 21 will depend on what kind of person your mom is.

  21. Maurice

    July 30, 2009
    6:28 AM

    When younger i would of laught, now 51, so true ! I’m a self-starter and 1 to 21 is the path. Thanks !

  22. sathish

    August 23, 2009
    10:49 PM

    superb ideas,but i think it needs lot of practice.

  23. vidya

    September 2, 2009
    4:41 AM

    very very true.i think if we really follow these we can lead a happy and most satisfied life

  24. Gangadhar

    October 30, 2009
    8:56 AM

    Its amazing collection…very basic informative

  25. mohammed abdalla

    December 20, 2009
    8:51 AM

    is toooo easy to learn it but tooooooooooooooo difficult to do it

  26. Jennie

    April 10, 2010
    1:36 PM

    I’ve had this poster for many, many, years and have always hung it in my various offices. No day goes by when someone doesn’t ask me where they can get a copy. Thanks to the person who provided the link to twincommas.com; I’ve printed several copies and will share. Jennie

  27. Jane

    June 8, 2010
    11:59 AM

    The last one can go wrong in too many ways :\

  28. Suresh

    July 5, 2010
    5:43 AM

    excellent. Really it’s good. It is key of success.

  29. flek

    September 17, 2010
    3:22 AM

    Interesting list if we were all selfless saints.
    But the billionaires club is full of elites and a club the common man can not reach. Why, because the elite don’t want to share their power base…they despise ‘new money. Voting again and again to limit competition and ‘protect their own’.
    Most billionaires didn’t get their by playing nice. Nice guys finish last. As for myself, I’m doing fine.
    I’m last and proud!

  30. mae

    October 17, 2010
    2:24 PM

    I look at some of the comments younger people make on internet and am saddened that they have lost sight of what is real and not real. We need to get back to the basics of what is right and wrong. Children need to be taught this from the time they are two until 14. All we can do is teach and hope our children will live long enough to make the right decisions. Parable make no sense until you experience life. Understanding comes with having and raising your children.

  31. Claudette

    November 29, 2010
    10:04 AM

    Poster looks wonderful but how do you purchase it? Can’t find it anywhere.

  32. Craig Fellin

    December 30, 2010
    1:28 PM

    Great poster of “21 Suggestions for Success”- saw it in my dentist’s office. How do I order it? Thanks.

  33. Virginia

    January 16, 2011
    3:49 PM

    Where can I purchase the poster 21 Suggestions for Success by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.?

  34. Loren Deniega

    January 18, 2011
    10:45 AM

    I saw it on facebook with one of my friend was post it and i read it very carefully and i like it very much.and i wanted to post it also on my facebook……

  35. Michele

    August 31, 2011
    12:21 PM

    Any idea where I can find the poster “Live & Learn & Pass It On” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.? A friend loves my print and I want to get it for him as a going away present.

  36. Terry Arias

    September 27, 2011
    12:49 PM

    Wish I had been given this when I was 16 years old…no younger at 12, at 14 and 20….

  37. Colin Inglis

    November 4, 2011
    4:47 PM

    Where can I acquire (I assume purchase) a copy of the “21 Suggestions for Success” poster? Previously I have found 3 copies at a local poster shop but they no longer carry the poster. Please help!!!!

  38. Linda C

    November 14, 2011
    1:11 PM

    I would like to purchase this poster. I have searched every poster website trying to find but have been unsuccessful. Any ideas?

  39. victor

    January 23, 2012
    1:50 PM

    Can anyone please tell me where I can purchase the 21 suggestions for success poster. I cannot find it anywhere. Thank you very much.

  40. Michele

    March 13, 2012
    6:21 PM

    Please tell me where I can order a framed copy of this poster. I have looked everywhere. Even Amazon doesn’t have it anymore.

  41. Karen D. Lambert

    March 15, 2012
    8:52 AM

    Can I get a poster like this? Thanks Karen D. Lambert

  42. Lisa Ciesla

    June 11, 2012
    2:59 AM

    I enjoyed all the suggestions on this poster, where can I purchase this from?

  43. Theresa McKenzie

    June 11, 2012
    7:28 AM

    Where can I purchase this from?

  44. Vicki D

    July 20, 2013
    9:31 AM

    Need two of the posters, larger than the 12 x 36; where do I purchase?

  45. bhawna

    July 27, 2013
    1:25 AM

    I like it very much.please tell me from where I purchase a copy of this 21 success suggestions

  46. Karen Vander Vorst

    June 13, 2014
    9:32 AM

    I’d like to order this poster of 21 Suggestions for Success. If that’s possible, what are the dimensions? Thanks!

  47. udarath

    June 18, 2014
    9:00 PM

    I need “21 Suggestions for Success” copy too.

  48. Fikry Ansar

    October 27, 2014
    6:46 AM

    It’s a Great List!!! Thank you very much.I will share it to all my friends. Also I will try and apply all the 21 points to my life.

  49. Gail DeAntonio

    December 19, 2014
    5:44 PM

    Where can I purchase this poster?

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