Submitted by Thomas Hanes

thomas hanes is a father of two and a sales manager at a promotional products company. when he isn’t working or chasing the kids, he is trying to battle his internet addiction (but is quick to point out that between facebook, twitter, and reddit, he usually loses the battle).

Here are Thomas' "Five Rules For Life":

1.) Don't act like an ass.
I learned long ago that life is better for everyone if you don’t act like an ass. You don’t even have to be nice and kind – wherever you go, whatever you do, just don’t act like an ass.

2.) You are responsible for your happiness.
Others won't change to please you. Your happiness is your job. If you expect otherwise, you invite a frustrating life.

3.) Look at yourself first.
If you always seem to have drama in your life, you are probably the one causing the drama. In my experience, drama begets drama, rudeness begets rudeness, and ineptitude begets ineptitude.

4.) Change is up to you.
Don’t wait for external events to happen before you make an internal change. If you are waiting, you are just making excuses and you will continue to make them regardless of what happens.

5.) Mind the company you keep.
You are who you hang out with. Look at your closest acquaintances – the people you spend the most time with. Do they reflect the morals, the values, the work ethic that you admire? If the answer is “no”, then you probably don’t either. Surround yourself with people that make you a better person.

Thomas currently resides in Orlando, Florida.