A Lesson From The Four Agreements

I’m a notetaker, listmaker and self-proclaimed wiki and periodically review my notes for nuggets I may have missed during a speaking engagement, conference or meeting.  As I was reviewing the notes from Mari Smith’s speaking engagement, I found some sound business advise hidden between the lines  — 3 words, “The Four Agreements” – – some very powerful tips.  I did some research and ordered the book on Amazon.  I also want to share the wisdom for business and everyday living:

1. Be impeccable with your word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t take anything personally – Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t make assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret

Yes, I’m going to say it again.  Bookmark this!  This list is phenomenal!  Making a decision to pursue writing and business opportunities  while maintaining a full-time job in IT has always been one of the best decisions I have made. It’s not easy, it requires a lot of work, discipline and some sacrifices.  I’m really fortunate to have met many people along the way that I would not have met otherwise.  Most of my friends in my social circles work full-time jobs and also launched businesses.  Some of my online friends are full-time moms as well.   Others  took the plunge and have been able to run successful businesses.  I admire them all.

At the beginning of each day, I plan to use my abilities for good.  To lift up.  To empower. To do my Best.  I like that!  I hope you will too.

Let’s talk about it:  What the best business and/or life advise you have ever received?  Are you a listmaker or notetaker?  What type of lists do you make?

Eva Smith

Publisher at Tech Life Magazine
Eva is an award winning entrepreneur and Publisher of Tech Life Magazine. She has been recognized by Ford Motor Company as a Mujer Legendaria Inteligente (Smart Entrepreneur), USA Today Magazine as a Top Blogger to Watch and Latina Magazine as a Top 25 Latinas Who Shine in Technology. Her work has also been featured on Mashable, Mom.me, Babble, Baby Center, Latinamom.me, USA Today, Latina Magazine, Huffington Post, National Parks Services, Voxxi, NBC Latino, Rolling Stone Magazine & more.She is technologist, engineer, bilingual freelance writer, speaker and digital media consultant.


  1. This is a wonderful reminder, Eva. I received this book a few years ago as a gift and I don’t think I ever read it through, at least not mindfully. Now that you have presented such a lovely and inspiring summary, I am going to pick it up again. As for the best business advice: I think it was last year at Creative Alliance ’10 from Tiffany Romero of SITSGirls.com. She said that every move she makes supports her brand. That one little tidbit has transformed the entire past year for me. Not that I am perfect at doing this now, but it has reminded me to act in such a way that I have freed up a lot of time for fruitful pursuits from which I might have otherwise been distracted.


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