The official rules of life

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
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4 thoughts on “The official rules of life”

  1. “Be careful what you want. You may get it.”

    Reminds me of a variant from Kurt Vonnegut:

    “You are who you pretend to be. So be careful who you pretend to be.”

  2. Hey Akshat, how did you complete that book in an hour. I took an hour just to take in your blog. Wonderful piece. Cheers!

    1. It’s funny that you say that. You are right, although it took me only an hour to read through, it is definitely worth contemplating on it for a lot more time. 🙂

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