Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

10 commandments: Robert Redford

Your favourite celebrities reveal the top ten lessons they have learned from life. What's worked for them could work for you

Never revisit the past.

That can be dangerous. So, move on.

We do not own this Earth, we are just passengers.

Which is why I am into looking after the environment in a big way. It's my way of saying, 'I feel lucky to be alive and whole in this world, in this place, at this time'. So I am going to celebrate that by doing whatever I can to keep it that way.

Allow yourself a few little indiscretions.

For example, health food may be good for the conscience, but chocolate cookies taste a hell of a lot better!

Don't allow problems to get you down.

Remember, problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.

Money isn't everything.

Money is a means to achieving an end, but it is not the end.

If you are young, don't get over-educated or end up under-educated.

I believe a lot of people drop out of school because education is put too high on the scale of importance, and others stay in school because they are afraid to get out there and do something. So somewhere in between is the line.

Don't fear ageing.

There is something wonderful about the journey of life, and getting to a place where wisdom sets in. Some people try to arrest growing old with cosmetic surgery. I'm not one of those people. I believe you wear your life the way it has been.

Get back to nature whenever you can.

For me, it's fly-fishing. It's solitary, peaceful and contemplative. And it captures the imagination. It's one of the closest things I can imagine to being in perfect harmony with nature.

Don't wait for other people to speak up for you or put your point of view.

Speak up on your own behalf. Freedom of expression is our most precious virtue.

Trust your own instincts.

They are, invariably, the best.

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