I just finished reading the official rules of life by Seth Godin. It was a wonderful read especially because it took me only over an hour to read through it. What I’ve gained through the book though is far beyond the effort of reading it and I would like to share with you excerpts of the book that I enjoyed the most.
I am going to write disparate sets of rules from the book and don’t be surprised if they don’t seem coherent!
Baltasar Gracian’s Oraculo Manual
- Keep affairs in suspense
- Make people depend on you
- Avoid victories over your superiors
- Control your imagination
- Know how to take and give hints
- Without lying, do not tell the whole truth
- Be a man without illusions
- Behave as if you were watched
Code for cartoons: Storylines should enhance self-esteem & co-operative behaviour
Father Flanagan’s Axiom: There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking.
Similarly, there are no trivial people. There are only trivial thoughts and trivial interests.
How to deal with boys? Keep them occupied, keep them busy, keep them playing on the football field, on the basketball court, keep them in our shops, our crafts, our hobby clubs. This is how you can develop good boys and help eliminate so-called juvenile delinquency
Work, rest and recreation are important the year round to get the most and the best out of the human side of life.
General Colin Powell’s Rules to Live by:
- It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
- Get mad, then get over it.
- Avoid having your ego so close to your position that your position falls and your ego goes with it.
- It can be done.
- Be careful what you want. You may get it.
- Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision
- You can’t make someone else’s choice. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
- Check small things.
- Share credit.
- Remain calm and be kind.
- Have a vision.
- Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier