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The Rules of Life
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Table of Contents

  • 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 It's OK to give up
  • 16 Count to ten - or recite 'Baa baa black sheep'
  • 17 Change what you can change, let go of the rest
  • 18 Aim to be the very best at everything you do - not second best
  • 19 Don't expect to be perfect
  • 20 Don't be afraid to dream
  • 21 If you're going to jump off a bridge, make sure you know how deep the water is
  • 22 Don't dwell on the past
  • 23 Don't live in the future
  • 24 Get on with life - it's whooshing past
  • 25 Be consistent
  • 26 Dress like today is important
  • 27 Have a belief system
  • 28 Leave a little space for yourself each day
  • 29 Have a plan
  • 30 Have a sense of humour
  • 31 Choose how you make your bed
  • 32 Life can be a bit like advertising
  • 33 Get used to stepping outside your comfort zone
  • 34 Learn to ask questions
  • 35 Have dignity
  • 36 It's OK to feel big emotions
  • 37 Keep the faith
  • 38 You'll never understand everything
  • 39 Know where true happiness comes from
  • 40 Life is a pizza
  • 41 Always have someone - or something - that is pleased to see you
  • 42 Know when to let go - when to walk away
  • 43 Retaliation leads to escalation
  • 44 Look after yourself
  • 45 Maintain good manners in all things
  • 46 Prune your stuff frequently
  • 47 Remember to touch base
  • 48 Draw the lines around yourself
  • 49 Shop for quality, not price
  • 50 It's OK to worry, or to know how not to
  • 51 Stay young
  • 52 Throwing money at a problem doesn't always work
  • 53 Think for yourself
  • 54 You are not in charge
  • 55 Have something in your life that takes you out of yourself
  • 56 Only the good feel guilty
  • 57 If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all
  • Partnership Rules
  • 58 Accept the differences, embrace what you have in common
  • 59 Allow your partner the space to be themselves
  • 60 Be nice
  • 61 You want to do what?
  • 62 Be the first to say sorry
  • 63 Go that extra step in trying to please them
  • 64 Know when to listen and when to act
  • 65 Have a passion for your life together
  • 66 Make sure your love making is making love
  • 67 Keep talking
  • 68 Respect privacy
  • 69 Check you both have the same shared goals
  • 70 Treat your partner better than your best friend
  • 71 Contentment is a high aim
  • 72 You don't both have to have the same rules
  • Family and friends Rules
  • 73 If you are going to be a friend, be a good friend
  • 74 Never be too busy for loved ones
  • 75 Let your kids mess up for themselves - they don't need any help from you
  • 76 Have a little respect and forgiveness for your parents
  • 77 Give your kids a break
  • 78 Never lend money unless you are prepared to write it off
  • 79 Keep schtum
  • 80 There are no bad children
  • 81 Be up around people you love
  • 82 Give your kids responsibilities
  • 83 Your children need to fall out with you to leave home
  • 84 Your kids will have friends you don't like
  • 85 Your role as a child
  • 86 Your role as a parent
  • Social Rules
  • 87 We're all closer than you think
  • 88 It doesn't hurt to forgive
  • 89 It doesn't hurt to be helpful
  • 90 What's in it for them?
  • 91 Hang out with positive people
  • 92 Be generous with your time and information
  • 93 Get involved
  • 94 Keep the moral high ground
  • 95 Just because you have, doesn't mean they have to
  • 96 Do compare yourself with other people
  • 97 Have a plan for your career
  • 98 Look at the long-term ramifications of what you do for a living
  • 99 Be good at your job
  • 100 Be aware of the damage you are doing
  • 101 Be for the glory, not the degradation
  • 102 Be part of the solution, not the problem
  • 103 Check what history would say about you
  • 104 Not everything can be green
  • 105 Put something back
  • 106 Find a new Rule every day - or occasionally at least

About the Author

Richard Templar is the author of the international bestselling Rules books. Over 2 million people around the world have enjoyed and now play by Richard Templar's Rules. The complete list of titles is as follows: Rules of Life, Rules of Work, Rules of Management, Rules of Wealth, Rules of Parenting, Rules of Love and the latest bestseller, The Rules to Break. All of these titles will be refreshed and re-launched in 2015.

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