"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.