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The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for…

The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More… (2006)

by Richard Templar

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Le regole del gioco

Chi scende in campo, sul campo della vita, intendo, deve essere pronto ad accettarne le regole. Scritte o non scritte, ci sono e vanno accettate. Chi non le conosce, non le accetta o le contrasta, gioca in fuori gioco. Ti possono piacere oppure no, ma queste cento regole che l'autore del libro propone possono essere utili. Io, a dire il vero, penso che siano troppe. Possono bastare dieci: quelle dei Dieci Comandamenti. Eccole in inglese:

Rules for You

1 Keep it under your hat
2 You’ll get older but not necessarily wiser
3 Accept what is done is done
4 Accept yourself
5 Know what counts and what doesn’t
6 Dedicate your life to something
7 Be flexible in your thinking
8 Take an interest in the outside world
9 Be on the side of the angels, not the beasts
10 Only dead fish swim with the stream
11 Be the last to raise your voice
12 Be your own adviser
13 No fear, no surprise, no hesitation, no doubt
14 I wish I’d done that – and I will
15 Count to ten – or recite ‘Baa baa black sheep’
16 Change what you can change, let go of the rest
17 Aim to be the very best at everything you do – not second best
18 Don’t be afraid to dream
19 Don’t dwell on the past
20 Don’t live in the future
21 Get on with life – it’s whooshing past
22 Dress like today is important
23 Have a belief system
24 Have a little space for yourself each day
25 Have a plan
26 Have a sense of humour
27 Choose how you make your bed
28 Life can be a bit like advertising
29 Get used to stepping outside your comfort zone
30 Learn to ask questions
31 Have dignity
32 It’s OK to feel big emotions
33 Keep the faith
34 You’ll never understand everything
35 Know where true happiness comes from
36 Know when to let go – when to walk away
37 Look after yourself
38 Maintain good manners in all things
39 Prune your stuff frequently
40 Remember to touch base
41 Draw the lines around yourself
42 Shop for quality, not price
43 It’s OK to worry, or to know how not to
44 Stay young
45 Throwing money at a problem doesn’t always work
46 Think for yourself
47 You are not in charge
48 Have something in your life that takes you out of yourself
49 Only the good feel guilty
50 If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all

Partnership Rules

51 Accept the differences, embrace what you have in common
52 Allow your partner the space to be themselves
53 Be nice
54 You want to do what?
55 Be the first to say sorry
56 Go that extra step in trying to please them
57 Always have someone – or something – that is pleased to see you

58 Know when to listen and when to act
59 Have a passion for your life together
60 Make sure your love making is making love
61 Keep talking
62 Respect privacy
63 Check you both have the same shared goals
64 Treat your partner better than your best friend
65 Contentment is a high aim
66 You don’t both have to have the same rules

Family and Friends Rules

67 If you are going to be a friend, be a good friend
68 Never be too busy for loved ones
69 Let your kids mess up for themselves – they don’t need any help from you
70 Have a little respect and forgiveness for your parents
71 Give your kids a break
72 Never lend money unless you are prepared to write it off
73 There are no bad children
74 Be up around people you love
75 Give your kids responsibilities
76 Your children need to fall out with you to leave home
77 Your kid will have friends you don’t like
78 Your role as a child
79 Your role as a parent

Social Rules

80 We’re all closer than you think
81 It doesn’t hurt to forgive
82 It doesn’t hurt to be helpful
83 Take pride in what we do collectively
84 What’s in it for them?
85 Hang out with positive people
86 Be generous with your time and information
87 Get involved
88 Keep the moral high ground
89 Have a plan for your career
90 Learn to see your community as part of a bigger picture
91 Look at the long-term ramifications of what you do for a living
92 Be good at your job

World Rules

93 Be aware of the damage you are doing
94 Be for the glory, not the degradation
95 Be part of the solution, not the problem
96 Check what history would say about you
97 Keep your eyes open at all times
98 Not everything can be green
99 Put something back
100 Find a new Rule every day – or occasionally at least
  AntonioGallo | Nov 2, 2017 |
Too much joking for my taste. A lot of platitudes and empty words. ( )
  jaden | Apr 19, 2014 |
(Alistair) I bought this book in Heathrow Airport.

I have no idea why I tend to buy self-help books (or management books, another genre this applies to) in airports, apart from the broadening of standards that tends to apply when facing an eight-hour transatlantic flight, but I do; so it goes. This one, however, I didn't read on the flight - I think I bought quite a few books that time - so here I am coming to it much later.

Unfortunately, while I have found some good and interesting reads in this genre, I can't say this is one of them. Its greatest weakness is actually something it says itself, on page xiv: "What you will find is good old-fashioned common sense. There is nothing here you don't already know."

Which may well be good in some contexts, but I'm afraid does not make for a terribly fascinating book. Indeed, I think I would almost have to say verging on the platitudinous.

I bought his Rules of Work at the same time, so we'll see how that goes. In the meantime, though, I think I'll stick with the Amoral Series.

( http://weblog.siliconcerebrate.com/cerebrate/2010/03/the-rules-of-life-richard-t... ) ( )
  libraryofus | Mar 2, 2010 |
A lot of this is from the department of the bloody obvious. It's mostly about being a good citizen, being an honourable human being and treating others as you would like to be treated. It's pretty obvious stuff but occasionally it's nice to be encouraged to be nice. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Dec 21, 2007 |
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This book is dedicated to Miyamoto Musashi, who taught me the strategy of simplicity, and Jamie Greenwood, who taught me economy of movement.  I am indeed deeply indebted to both of them No Fear  No Surprise  No Hesitation  No Doubt
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0131743961, Paperback)

Think about the world’s happiest, most contented, most fulfilled people...

How’d they get that way?


Is it their genes? No. Money? Absolutely not.

It’s about the small choices they make, every day.

Things you can do. Things you can change.


It’s about what they know and you can learn:

The Rules of Life.


Here they are:


100 personal, practical rules for dreaming, planning, living, loving, and overcoming even life’s toughest adversities... 

For knowing what matters... learning from experience...using your intuition... changing what you can...de-stressing... staying younger... getting stronger.


Read ’em. Learn ’em. Live ’em.

You’ll feel better. You’ll live better.

You’ll be a better friend, partner, parent, child, human being.


You’ll do it: one small, simple step at a time.

One step a day, every day. Starting today.


Introduction  xi


Part I: Rules for You  1

Part II: Partnership Rules  105

Part III: Family and Friends Rules  141

Part IV: Social Rules  171

Part V: World Rules  201

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A book to guide you through the minefield of life, it will help you work out who you are and how to make the most of what you've got.

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