9 outstanding Life “rules” to live and learn by


I’m not generally a “rules” type of guy.

However, if You have to live by some rules, You may find that these serve you very well.

* Lighten up

How often do you see people looking stressed, tense, agitated and/or just plain unhappy? You can take Life too seriously. Lighten Up and enjoy what Life has to offer you. When you ease the tension you are open to so much more. Life then comes to you … you don’t need to chase after it.

* Share your best work

Don’t be an island. The world is built on people who give outstanding ideas and service to others.

Be proud of what you do. Show it off and therefore be of better service to others.

* The truth is money in the Bank

Being truthful and living your own Truth, rewards you in kind. Living a lie doesn’t cut it. Being yourself and being the best version of you is “where the money is”.

Natural, authentic, knowing what is the right thing to do and relating to others in a truthful manner … this is the currency that others will be glad to use.9 outstanding Life Rules Blog post

* A smile costs you nothing to give

This is the cheapest [price wise] communication on the planet. Words are left unsaid. The communication is in the smile.

When you give a smile you breakdown any barriers between you and the recipient[s]. Smile often. Others will respond willingly.

* Change the Rules!

If you don’t like them, design your own. Design a set that will serve You. When you live within a framework that is flexible and is your own, then your Life will change for the good.

* The real world is your best teacher

Exploring and embracing nature, exploring and embracing social interaction … these are the best seats in the classroom.

Listen. Learn. Absorb. Real Life experiences leave longer lasting impressions.

* A goal is only as good as the meaning attached to it

Set goals that mean something. Not just a target or a number but true meaning. True meaning is value. True value is priceless.

The greater the meaning, the greater the intent to achieve it. So if you want your Life goals to be achieved, add a healthy dose of meaning.

 * Be your own Artist

Create a Life that is yours and worth living. Express yourself in truth. Enjoy your Life’s work.

Find your Art. Live your Art. Creating, sculpting, growing, sharing … oh Yes!

* Ask for help when in trouble

Time is precious. When you strike trouble, seek to get out of it as quickly as possible.

So when you are “stuck” without answers, ask for help. Doing this will place more time in your hands rather than spending it confused.

There are many variants of these Life “rules” that you may apply to yourself. I believe that these 9 are a great start.

You may wish to have a shorter list and keep it simpler … which is a pretty good rule on it’s own … Life can easily get too complicated.

Feel free to comment and I’d love you to share on your favourite Social Media channels.

#This post was refreshed March 3 2015


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  • Fran sorin May 6, 2013, 9:35 am

    Each of these ‘rules’ have a lot of traction to them. I love the one about ‘sharing your best work’. For people like me who tend to be introverted, this is a good reminder ~ Fran

    • David Stevens May 6, 2013, 9:47 pm

      I believe this is important Fran. Sharing and caring will go a long way to breaking down many of the world’s problems.
      Thanks for being here.
      Be good to yourself

  • Elle May 6, 2013, 10:44 am

    You’re right David there are so many variants on rules for living a happier, more fulfilling life and your’s are pretty darn good.

    I’m especially fond of your concept of designing your own rules if you don’t like the ones you’ve been using.

    Since we’re all amazingly unique beings it makes perfect sense that we’d all live our life according to slightly different and unique concepts.

    Great thoughts.

    Love Elle

    • David Stevens May 6, 2013, 9:46 pm

      Hi Elle,
      I’m not a fan of “rules” per se so I’m happy to break any that get in my way. Thyankyou for contributing, much appreciated.
      Be good to yourself

  • Antonia Hall (@EdenSol) May 7, 2013, 8:52 pm

    Wonderful suggestions, David! I’m particularly drawn to lightening up- letting go- and being my own kind of artist. 🙂 Permission to ask for help is always welcomed, as well. 😉

    Best to you,

    • David Stevens May 8, 2013, 7:44 am

      Thankyou Antonia,
      Great choices!
      Thanking you for being here and contributing
      Be good to yourself

  • Anne-Sophie May 8, 2013, 6:59 pm

    So many great lessons, David. Loved every single one of them because they’re all valuable, powerful and TRUE. If we all live by those rules, we’ll all live a happy and fulfilled life. <3

    • David Stevens May 8, 2013, 10:45 pm

      Thankyou so much Anne-Sophie …
      I’m sure that you are living them
      Be good to yourself

  • Hiten May 9, 2013, 9:55 am

    Hi David,

    This was a wonderful list of Life rules!

    The rule you wrote about with regards to truth being the money in the bank was brilliant. Truth is such a powerful principle to apply and live by, both my being truthful to ourselves and others. Lying is so false and this is evident from the feeling one gets when he/she is aware they haven’t been completely truthful. The path of truth is one that will lead us to real happiness.

    Thank you.

    • David Stevens May 9, 2013, 10:31 pm

      Thanks Hiten,
      Yes, “truth” leads the way. Focus on doing the right thing, saying the right thing and you are heading in the right direction.
      Thankyou for contributing, always appreciated.
      Be good to yourself

  • Carolyn Hughes May 10, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Love your life rules David and one that definately stands out for me this week is to ask for help. It took me a long time to realise that delegating isn’t a sign of weakness.

    • David Stevens May 10, 2013, 10:46 pm

      Hi Carolyn,
      Great to see you again. Ask away … life’s too short to be hanging onto troubles.
      Be good to yourself

  • Lynne February 2, 2015, 10:11 am

    Great rules to live by, I agree. We over think and complicate our lives. Let us keep it simple, smile and share with others. Thanks for sharing!