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Summary of 12 Rules for Life

Human being does not like rules in general despite knowing that they benefit us. We do not want a lot of rules. However, without rules, we are likely to lose a sense of direction and go wayward. Therefore, we need rules.

Here is a preview of what you'll learn:

Rule 1 — Stand up Straight with Your Shoulders Back
Rule 2— Treat Yourself Like Someone You Are Responsible for Helping
Rule 3— Make Friends with People Who Want the Best for You
Rule 4— Compare Yourself to Who You Were Yesterday, Not To Who Someone Else Is Today
Rule 5— Do Not Let Your Children Do Anything That Makes You Dislike Them
Rule 6— Set Your House in Perfect Order Before You Criticize the World
Rule 7— Pursue what is Meaningful (Not what is Expedient)
Rule 8— Tell the Truth— or At Least, Don't Lie Rule 9— Assume That The Person You Are Listening To Might Know Something You Don't
Rule 10— Be Precise in Your Speech
Rule 11— Do Not Bother Children When They Are Skateboarding
Rule 12— Pet a Cat When You Encounter One on the Street
25 printed pages
Original publication
2018
Publisher
Gatsby

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    Nerf Anilisishared an impression10 months ago

    A few nice nuggets in there, although if I didn’t read it I wouldn’t be missing anything. It’s ok.

    Tankali Namatashared an impression2 years ago

    Great piece

    Adrianeshared an impression18 days ago
    👍Worth reading

Quotes

    layanosanihas quotedlast year
    However, without rules, we are likely to lose a sense of direction and go wayward. Therefore, we need rules.
    Natasha Klimchukhas quoted2 years ago
    Make Friends with People Who Want the Best for You
    Apa Aquinohas quoted2 years ago
    12 Rules for Life: Rule 5- Do Not Let Your Children Do Anything That Makes You Dislike Them

    As a parent, you have full authority over how your children turn out to be. The early part of a child's life is extremely important in this context. If you do not control your child in the start, such a kind of child will not be able to derive order from chaos later and if you discipline your child initially, it will enable him or her to easily derive order from chaos.
    Even though everyone wants a well-mannered child, it is not an easy task. Despite parents trying so hard to control children, children end up being undisciplined. This gives rise to a need for letting go of old rules to pave the way for a new approach.
    The example of animals indicates that when left desolate, they can invoke conflict and form hierarchies. This should not be so in human beings. Homo sapiens need to direct their children with the assistance of their care and attention. This can help children battle instincts and the negative effects of their surroundings. A parent is accountable for shaping their child's manners and outlook. Parents in today's times believe that they need to give their children complete independence but this is not how it should be. This can lead to negative behavior patterns in a child. Shaping the right kind of child is much more challenging than the wrong one since bad behaviors are easier. It remains the duty of a parent to shape a child to be good since they are the only one that can do it. In today's times, a lot of parents are not aware of the harm they can cause their child by their inability to drive their child to be good. By punishing and rewarding children, parents can teach them what is right and wrong. This leads to a broader lessen for life in terms of what is right and wrong in the eyes of people. This can shape all interpersonal and personal aspects of life. In the course of existence, children need stern direction from

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