Dr. Howard Murad’s eponymous product line used to lure me into Sephora when I was a 22 year-old recent New York City resident, loading up on his amazing skincare wares and forgetting the fact that I had to return to a world of financial marketing after my lunch break was over. 25 years ago, he founded the first modern doctor brand of clinical skincare products, with a goal of making beautiful, healthy skin attainable for everyone and is full of wisdom on everything from unorthodox ways to get more water in your diet to relieving stress. I tapped him for his 5 Rules For Life. Here they are, in his words.
1. Live young by acting more like a toddler. As we get older, the day-to-day cares of life make us more cautious and less likely to either experience or express our once youthful passions. Recover your youth and explore your passions.
2. Be imperfect, live longer. We are taught at an early age that we must strive for perfection, but it’s just not possible. Modern culture has so many demands and we can’t keep up with them all. Accept the fact that you are imperfect — and that’s ok! — and you’ll live a happier, healthier and longer life.
3. Allow the unique you to blossom. People too often compare themselves to others. Try to believe in yourself. If you embrace yourself and recognize your own potential, your accomplishments will amaze you
4. Expose your accomplishments to your harshest critics without fear of rejection. You can’t succeed if you’re too afraid of failure or if you’re afraid of what people will think. Trust your abilities and what you are doing, and trust yourself enough to take a chance, if it doesn’t work out, keep on trying.
5. Forgive yourself. You owe it to yourself and to others to honor your life and do a good job of living it.
Thanks, Dr. Murad! Stay tuned for more 5 Rules installments. In the meantime, check out aesthetician Mashell Tabe’s and Flywheel copy writer Jill Percia’s.
“Five Rules,” is a Rouge18 series in which I ask others to share their five rules for life about anything and everything. You can learn a lot about a person by reading which five things govern their actions, no?