The Rules

Human Factors

Eddie sez:

"The Rules" are twenty-six ideas I've collected over the years that seemed relevant enough to life in general that I've written each down with a short story to reinforce each in particular.

Rule #1 — Attitude determines altitude.

Rule #2 — Bloom where you are planted; talent is rare and cannot be ignored.

Rule #3 — A practiced calm will serve you well, even if it is forced, remaining calm wil become more natural in the future.

Rule #4 — Deal with it.

Rule #5 — Embrace change.

Rule #6 — Not every battle is worth fighting; sometimes you need to take a few losses along the way.

Rule #7 — Gravity always wins.

Rule #8 — Happiness takes effort.

Rule #9 — If your boss demands loyalty, give him integrity; but if he demands integrity, give then give him loyalty.

Rule #10 — It's the journey, not the destination, that gives life meaning.

Rule #11 — You don't know what you don't know.

Rule #12 — A man's got to know his limitations.

Rule #13 — There is only so much you can do.

Rule #14 — No plan survives the enemy.

Rule #15 — Optimism takes work and is rewarded.

Rule #16 — Perfect is the enemy of good.

Rule #17 — Quote others, you get a lot more done when you don't worry about the credit.

Rule #18 — Risk is necessary; the turtle only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.

Rule #19 — There are greater sins than laziness, but laziness is a sin.

Rule #20 — Trust but verify.

Rule #21 — Sometimes thoughts are best when unspoken.

Rule #22 — The angle of the view determines the view itself.

Rule #23 — When you don't know what to do, do the work in front of you.

Rule #24 — Lead by conspicuous example.

Rule #25 — Don't worry about things you cannot control.

Rule #26 — Learn early, start with zero and add from there.

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