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The 100 Most Important Rules For A Better Life

According to the author of the article on “The Happy Life”, everyone wants to live a better life, but we are often uncertain about how to get there.

Living a good life starts with learning from others. People have struggled in the dark before us, and their experiences and lessons have created light.

This is why I have compiled this list of 101 rules that have helped me live my dream life. Some of these rules are based on my own experiences. Others are based on advice I’ve received or wisdom from books I’ve read. Each of these can have a different impact on you, but I hope some of them will be helpful to you.

  1. Start your day early.

  2. Ask yourself: Am I using this technology, or is it using me?

  3. Don’t worry about outcomes – just make progress each day.

  4. Don’t be afraid to say no.

  5. Every day, read something.

  6. Don’t watch the news on TV.

  7. Unhappiness results from comparison.

  8. Write a journal.

  9. Every day, you should exercise vigorously.

  10. A person’s character determines their fate.

  11. Create the future you want instead of envisioning it. Apply the law of action, not attraction.

  12. When you fall/fail, get up.

  13. You must prove your life’s philosophy through actions rather than words (and that’s not easy).

  14. If you don’t agree with facts, don’t argue with them.

  15. Practice is more important than routine.

  16. Do the work, not the credit.

  17. Every day, show kindness to others.

  18. Choose the one that allows you to see the meaning and good that can come from suffering. Epicurus said every situation has two handles.
  19. Autonomy is the key to success.

  20. Whenever you see trash, pick it up.

  21. The only way to be good and feel good is to do good.

  22. Every day, think about death.

  23. Trust the process.

  24. You must do your job well, no matter what it is, because how you do one thing is how you do all things.

  25. The two types of time are alive time and dead time. One is sitting around and waiting for things to happen to you. The other is being in control and making every second count.

  26. In order to change your own life, you should ask people you admire, “What book has changed your life?” (after reading the book, of course).

  27. You can’t fixate on “quality time.” When you do, you miss the moments unfolding in front of you.

  28. Rather than trying to be the noun, be the verb.

  29. Taking a walk is the best thing you can do for your work.

  30. It is enough to live in the present.

  31. What you repeatedly do defines you.

  32. Having a philosophy is important.

  33. The importance of philosophy cannot be overstated.

  34. You must read to lead, not just read.

  35. You can keep a commonplace book, a collection of little sayings about how to live your life.

  36. Take the time to do the work instead of looking for shortcuts.

  37. Build an “inner citadel,” which the Stoics called a fortress within us that can withstand any external adversity.

  38. Let it go – those who wrong you are wronging themselves.

  39. Spend time with the elderly.

  40. In evaluating an opportunity, ask yourself: What will I learn the most from it?

  41. Think purpose, not passion. (One is about you, and the other is about something bigger than yourself.)

  42. Have children. Or just talk to them. You can learn a lot from them if you pay attention.

  43. You shouldn’t use your kids as props to validate yourself.

  44. The best way to learn about the lives of the greats is through biographies.

  45. Make sure you know why you do what you do.

  46. Don’t compete with other people – try to be the only person doing what you’re doing.

  47. Be strict with yourself and forgiving with others.

  48. Negative visualization is an art that needs to be practiced.

  49. Get rid of toxic people from your life.

  50. Before starting any project, have a “draw-down period,” that phase when you step back, consider your idea, and ask, What is this really going to be?

  1. As the late coach and business executive Bill Campbell once said: “If you’ve been blessed, then bless others.”

  2. Don’t wait until later. Take action now.

  3. Do some deep work every day.

  4. Examine how you spend your time and how you regularly live up to your values.

  5. Consider how your action will affect others.

  6. Don’t sacrifice your autonomy for the money.

  7. Stay a student as long as you can.

  8. Find out what things really are by breaking them down.

  9. “If you see fraud and don’t report it, you are a fraud.” – Nassim Taleb

  10. Overdeliver and undersell.

  11. Your temper must be tamed.

  12. It is never a good idea to recline your seat on an airplane. (See also: “How do my actions affect others?”)

  13. It is overrated to believe in yourself. Find evidence to support your beliefs.

  14. The price of a book doesn’t matter. Buy it if you believe you’ll read it, and you’ll be glad you did.

  15. A bookstore is a place where good things happen.

  16. You can learn something from everyone you meet – even those who don’t like you.

  17. Set a bedtime for yourself.

  18. There is more value in a successful marriage than in a successful career.

  19. Marcus Aurelius said: “Go straight to the seat of intelligence.”

  20. In other words, it’s a human being, not a human doing.

  21. Amor fati. Love your fate.To me, that means taking charge of how you see the world.

  22. Go to sleep don’t waste your time.

  23. It is always better to say less than necessary. – Robert Greene

  24. Take your phone call outside and go for a walk instead of sitting down.

  25. Champion other people’s work (see my annual reading list).

  26. Commit to short, regular deadlines.

  27. It is better to live with animals, they make life better.

  28. Associate with people who will improve you. Welcome those who are capable of improving you. — Seneca

  29. The mundane can be beautiful if you look for it.

  30. Print out good advice and place it in front of your desk or wherever you work every day.

  31. Don’t forget: Nobody is thinking about you. They are too busy thinking about themselves.

  32. Don’t just read books, reread them.

  33. Slowly make haste.

  34. If you aren’t finished with a project, don’t talk about it.

  35. Wilderness is a great place to build resilience.

  36. See opportunities where others see obstacles.

  37. Instead of focusing on your outer scorecard, concentrate on your inner scorecard.

  38. You should have hobbies unrelated to your job.

  39. Running away from problems doesn’t solve them.

  40. Challenge yourself.

  41. If you take offense, you are complicit in taking offense. – Epictetus.

  42. Don’t think about perfection, think about progress.

  43. Ask yourself at every moment, Is this necessary?

  44. You’re probably taking it too seriously, whatever it is.

  45. Concentrate on what you can control.

  46. Take each day as if it were your last.

  47. Live an exciting life.

  48. The four Stoic virtues are wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation.

  49. There is a way around the obstacle.

  50. The ego is the enemy.

  51. The key to stillness is stillness.

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