The Third International after Lenin

Monday, January 31, 2011

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Communists

Zhou Enlai

Guidelines for Myself

Written: March 18, 1943
First Published: 1981 (English translation)
Selected Works of Zhou Enlai, Volume 1
Online Version:
Zhou Enlai Internet Archive, March 2003
Transcribed/HTML Markup:
Roland Ferguson

March 18, 1943 [A], 1

1. Study diligently, grasp essentials, concentrate on one subject rather than seeking superficial knowledge of many.

2. Work hard and have a plan, a focus and a method.

3. Combine study with work and keep them in proper balance according to time, place and circumstances; take care to review and systemize; discover and create.

4. On the basis of principles, resolutely combat all incorrect ideology in others as well as in myself.

5. Insofar as possible, make the most of my strengths and take concrete steps to overcome my weaknesses.

6. Never become alienated from the masses; learn from them and help them. Lead a collective life, inquire into the concerns of the people around you, study their problems their problems and abide by the rules of discipline.

7. Keep fit and lead a reasonable regular life. This is the material basis for self-improvement.

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