20 Reasons Why You Should Break The Rules
A two-minute read that might change your life.
- Most people don’t question rules. But most successful people do.
- Every rule is designed to level the playing field or tilt it.
- Rules are created to protect the status quo — not to spur innovation.
- Rules are established by people in power and those people have a vested interest in staying in power.
- Rules are not static — they evolve. But that evolution is driven by rule breakers. (Who I profile each week.)
- Rules aren’t facts. They’re not laws. They’re theories.
- Rules are based on theories of what’s best and those theories are based on the available information at the time they’re created.
- We can and should create our own rules for ourselves.
- Rules are open to interpretation.
- To obey a rule is a choice. To disobey a rule is to choose to deal with the consequences of doing so.
- Rules are based on what’s known and can inhibit what’s possible.
- It’s more important to understand the purpose of a rule than it is to follow it.
- Rules are instructions — a guide to help you accomplish something. But they’re not the only way to accomplish that thing.
- Rules are often made by committees — but committees require compromise. And compromise often waters down truth.
- Those who create rules don’t always have the relevant experience required to do so.
- Rules that restrict more than they enable deserve to be broken.
- Rules frame culture.
- Beware unwritten rules — there’s a reason they haven’t been written.
- Rules influence behavior, but behavior can also influence rules.
- There are a lot fewer rules in life than we think there are.
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