This is the first of a series of twenty essays I’ll be writing regarding the “20 Rules of Life”.
A long time ago, I came across an article entitled “20 Rules of Life”. It left quite an impression on me and I have tried in vain to find the original article to properly credit the author; since I have quoted these rules to many people over the years. Recently I’ve rededicated myself to making these rules the core foundation of my thinking and it’s been paying off. I read these rules twice a day everyday. And I intend to do that for the foreseeable future.
I keep pictures of the rules in my phone; this way I can read them whenever I want. If you’d like the pics of the rules to keep for yourself (maybe on your phone), I’d be happy to email them to you. Send me a note from the Contact page.
I’ll be presenting these rules in the order in which they were presented in the original article. Although I am tempted to re-arrange them in the order of what I’d believe to be the most important rules first. In my opinion Rule #17 (Words and Thoughts Control Everything) should be Rule #1. However, out of respect for the author, I will keep them in their original order. A complete list of the rules is at the bottom of this article. I’ve also re-written the rules so they read in the first person. It makes it more personal to the reader and hopefully will sink in better.
Rule #1 – I must create and look for opportunities.
Opportunities rarely ever come knocking on the door of someone who is not seeking them. I have to create and seek opportunities for myself. I have to take the initiative to get the “ball rolling” and the doors opening.
I cannot explain how much this rule has helped me in my DJ and radio career (especially over the past year). As a freelance DJ, getting gigs is the end-all-be-all. A DJ without gigs is just a hobbyist. Every gig I’ve locked down over the past two years happened because I reached out to someone, or asked someone for help (Rule #13). This is very similar to Effective Habit #1 in Stephen Covey’s bestselling book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
When I started reading “7 Habits”, the introductory information, before the first habit, spoke to your mindset (your paradigm), how you choose to react to things. That part of the book alone was extremely useful, then you get into the first of seven habits, ‘Be Proactive’. There is no downside to being proactive, in fact it’s a foundation pillar to achieving your goals. Without much thought, in my opinion, it intrinsically makes sense that effective, goal achievers do not wait for things to fall into their lap; they get out there and make things happen. Effective people shape their world and realize their goals by consistently looking for opportunities and being prepared to take advantage of those opportunities when they appear.
I believe making this first rule a habit, or a permanent part of your modus operandi, will help to get you far ahead of the masses and facilitate your efforts toward achieving any of your life goals.
20 RULES OF LIFE
1. I must create and look for opportunities.
2. Negativity will only bring more of it.
3. Where I am does not determine where I can go.
4. If I can’t help others, I can’t help myself.
5. Follow my passion, money will follow.
6. Enjoy yourself.
7. If it were easy, everyone would do it.
8. Planning is good but so is being spontaneous.
9. I have many talents.
10. Don’t work hard without rewards.
11. Money does bring happiness.
12. Someone always has it worse.
13. I’ll need others for my success.
14. Being open minded is the key to more knowledge.
15. Failure is great.
16. Most people are actually nice.
17. Words and thoughts control everything.
18. My view is my reality.
19. Inspiration and motivation are everywhere.
20. I can change the world.