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You will agree with me that Life is too short not to make the best and the most of everything that comes your way everyday. And if you have decided to make every second count, then there are life rules you must be ready to break. Though long standing rules, yet limiting life performances and overall delivery.
The list is long … almost endless rules. However, here are top 16 rules that you should consider breaking atleast before you exhaust your time here on earth. 🤔
#1 Wait for the Perfect Moment ❌
This rule has paralyzed Would-Be Action-Takers for generations. And the reality: there is no such thing as the perfect moment. Perfect Timing is an illusion.
Mosttimes you just have to open the door, jump out of the plane, and hope you packed the parachute tight. Life is largely unpredictable, just make moves.
#2 You Have to Work Hard to Succeed ❌
Hard work is important—but it’s relative, not absolute. In the Digital Age—when creative and inspired work stands out and is HIGHLY rewarded—what you work on is more important than how hard you work.
Work hard, but work More-Smarter and Less-Harder.
Play your game, not theirs. You’ll play it better.
#3 Let Things Play Out ❌
This isn’t a movie that you’re watching on your TV. You are not a passive observer of your own life. There are times to sit back, and there are times to push.
Learn to identify the difference and never be afraid to provide a little push. Be an Active Player in your Own Life Affairs, Not Passive.
#4 Don’t Ask Too Many Questions ❌
Children are born with an insatiable curiosity, but somewhere along the line, we are told to stop asking questions. The most successful people in the world never listened—they broke this rule.
You want to be successful?
Break the Rule!
Ask Questions. Be Curious. Be Interested.
#5 If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It ❌
Complacency will always lead you down a bad path. Just because something isn’t broken, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. Continuous improvement is the way.
Yes, it’s not broken, but it can be better.
Focus on small, incremental improvements—day in, day out.
#6 Get a Stable Job ❌
This might have been a good rule in the Industrial Age, but its foundation is crumbling in the Digital Age.
The way we work is fundamentally changing—opportunities for creative, unstructured career paths are endless. Find your Zone of Genius and operate in it.
#7 Stay in Your Lane ❌
A rule of the fixed, stagnant, and hierarchical—often used to keep employees in line.
It’s great to double down on your strengths, but never let external pressures prevent you from expanding your domains. Growth mindsets rule the world. Don’t stop growing.
#8 Think Through Every Big Decision ❌
We are told to methodically consider the pros and cons of every big decision in our lives. As a result, many of us have decision paralysis.
With big decisions, you’re actually better off making them fast—let your gut and instincts guide you.
Avoid decision-paralysis by all means.
#9 Don’t Talk to Strangers ❌
A classic we are told as children—the residue of which carries into adulthood for far too many.
“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yeats
When we open up to those around us, we stimulate, we learn, and we grow.
To thrive, to collaborate, to sell; you must learn to talk to strangers.
#10 Get a 4-Year Degree ❌
For decades we told children they had to attend a traditional 4-year University, or else they were a failure. That is a lie—and we loaded schools with students who are taught important things that are useless in the real world. 4-year degrees make sense for many, but not for all. Follow YOUR path.
#11 Save Now to Enjoy Later ❌
All mainstream financial advice tells you one thing: save now to enjoy later.
I agree, but with a caveat… and that is; You have to enjoy the prime of your life!
Now and then, it’s ok to save a bit less to go to that concert with your friends.
Find your balance.
#12 Have a Plan & Stick to It ❌
It’s important to have a plan.
But as Mike Tyson famously said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
Plans have to be dynamic—and punch-proof!
You’ll only go as far as your ability to absorb and pivot on the fly.
#13 Don’t Be Self-Promotional ❌
It’s easy to condone self-promotion when you’re at the top. But when you’re first starting out, you may be the only one in a position to promote.
When you put in the work, energy and love, share it with the world!
Genuine pride is infectious.
#14 Become an Expert, Not a Generalist ❌
Society celebrates experts in any given field. But as David Epstein finds in Range, many experts succeed because of the range of pursuits that preceded their main endeavor.
Become a polymath – Generalize first, Specialize later.
#15 Be Realistic ❌
It’s not up to anyone else to decide what is possible for you or your life.
Are there constraints outside of your control? Sure.
Is that a reason to settle? Hell no.
As Will Smith says in Pursuit of Happyness: “If you want something, go get it. Period.”
#16 Rule is missing. That’s for you to add any other rule that I did not add among the 15 mentioned.
Add your broken rules in the comment session below.
This post is inspired by Sahil Bloom.
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