My Overly Simple Rules for a Good Life

9 rules to live by so you outperform in life.

Tim Denning
Nov 19 · 5 min read
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Be Quiet Most of the Time

There is a lot of noisy attention-seeking. Gain massive attention and then have it taken away. This has happened to me. It taught me that fame and attention is a nightmare.

Read A Lot

Measure the days you have left in the number of books you can read.

Highlight Your Achievements with Grace

I met this guy. Let’s call him Finch. Finch started a fintech company from Silicon Valley. A friend asked me to help him. I offered to help. I spoke to Finch. All Finch could talk about was how great he was and how everybody wanted to marry his startup. They were less than 100 days old. A toddler.

Take Yourself Less Seriously

In your head, you’re the center of the universe. The sun revolves around your dreams. In reality this is a lie. You are an ant walking around a giant picnic ground full of other ants. There are billions of us.

Back Away from Negative Energy

Negative energy acts like a vacuum. It sucks you in. Quitting your addiction to negative energy is like quitting cigarettes. It takes time and discipline and a will to live.

Schedule Blank Space

Reverse engineer your calendar. Start with blank space and then paint in time to do work. The blank space helps you think about the work. Work that is thought about deeply has a much bigger impact. Work that is terrible in quality could have been better with more thinking.

Consume Less News, Politics, Netflix

News, Politics and Netflix are hamburgers for your life.

Make Friends with a Giraffe

A tall guy named Ben made me appreciate this rule. When I lost my job he invited me to his office. He told me to sit down and pretend I was working for myself while using his office. I had an office to go to even though I didn’t have a job. He took me out for lunch and paid for it, secretly, while I was in the bathroom.

Buy Your Time Back

(This Changes Everything.)

When work is an option you look at it differently.

The work you do becomes about something more than money. You find meaning in your work. Your work gets better as a result. With this newer, higher quality work, your ability to earn a living from it is increased.

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