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Think about the world’s happiest, most contented, most fulfilled people... How’d they get that way? Is it their genes? No. Money? Absolutely not. It’s about the small choices they make, every day. Things you can do. Things you can change. It’s about what they know and you can learn: The Rules of Life . Here they are: 100 personal, practical rules for Think about the world’s happiest, most contented, most fulfilled people... How’d they get that way? Is it their genes? No. Money? Absolutely not. It’s about the small choices they make, every day. Things you can do. Things you can change. It’s about what they know and you can learn: The Rules of Life . Here they are: 100 personal, practical rules for dreaming, planning, living, loving, and overcoming even life’s toughest adversities... For knowing what matters... learning from experience...using your intuition... changing what you can...de-stressing... staying younger... getting stronger. Read ’em. Learn ’em. Live ’em. You’ll feel better. You’ll live better. You’ll be a better friend, partner, parent, child, human being. You’ll do it: one small, simple step at a time. One step a day, every day. Starting today. Introduction xi Part I: Rules for You 1 Part II: Partnership Rules 105 Part III: Family and Friends Rules 141 Part IV: Social Rules 171 Part V: World Rules 201


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Think about the world’s happiest, most contented, most fulfilled people... How’d they get that way? Is it their genes? No. Money? Absolutely not. It’s about the small choices they make, every day. Things you can do. Things you can change. It’s about what they know and you can learn: The Rules of Life . Here they are: 100 personal, practical rules for Think about the world’s happiest, most contented, most fulfilled people... How’d they get that way? Is it their genes? No. Money? Absolutely not. It’s about the small choices they make, every day. Things you can do. Things you can change. It’s about what they know and you can learn: The Rules of Life . Here they are: 100 personal, practical rules for dreaming, planning, living, loving, and overcoming even life’s toughest adversities... For knowing what matters... learning from experience...using your intuition... changing what you can...de-stressing... staying younger... getting stronger. Read ’em. Learn ’em. Live ’em. You’ll feel better. You’ll live better. You’ll be a better friend, partner, parent, child, human being. You’ll do it: one small, simple step at a time. One step a day, every day. Starting today. Introduction xi Part I: Rules for You 1 Part II: Partnership Rules 105 Part III: Family and Friends Rules 141 Part IV: Social Rules 171 Part V: World Rules 201

30 review for The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Loy Machedo

    WARNING - SPOILER My curiosity to read this book was finally administered last night when I decided to read ‘The Rules of Life’ by British Author Richard Templar. It is divided into the following parts: (1) Rules for You, (2) Partnership Rules, (3) Family and Friends Rules, (4) Social Rules, (5) World Rules. This book isn’t a revelation, it’s a reminder. It reminds you that the Rules of Life are universal, obvious, simple. Do them, they work”. As the author best explains: “What you will find is good old-f WARNING - SPOILER My curiosity to read this book was finally administered last night when I decided to read ‘The Rules of Life’ by British Author Richard Templar. It is divided into the following parts: (1) Rules for You, (2) Partnership Rules, (3) Family and Friends Rules, (4) Social Rules, (5) World Rules. This book isn’t a revelation, it’s a reminder. It reminds you that the Rules of Life are universal, obvious, simple. Do them, they work”. As the author best explains: “What you will find is good old-fashioned common sense. There is nothing here you don’t already know. On the plus side, this book is a very easy read. On the negative side, this book offers nothing new. Overall Rating I would say without a doubt, it was an enjoyable read and I would rate it at a 6 out of 10. Here is the outline of the different rules he has stated in the book. Part I: Rules for you 1. Keep it under your hat, don’t preach, propagate or even mention this 2. You’ll get older but not necessarily wiser; wisdom isn’t about not making mistakes but about learning to escape afterward with our dignity and sanity intact 3. Accept what is done is done and you need to just get on with things 4. Accept yourself. You don’t have to improve or change or strive for perfection. Quite the opposite. Just accept. 5. Know what counts and what doesn’t. There are some things in this life that is important and a whole lot of things that aren’t 6. Dedicate your life to something. A yardstick to measure How and what I am doing and where I am going 7. Be flexible in your thinking. Try not to see life as an enemy, but as a friendly sparring partner 8. Taking an interest in the outside world is about developing you, rather than for the world’s benefit 9. Be on the side of the angels, not the beasts 10. Only dead fish swim with the stream. Life is meant to be a series of struggles and lulls 11. Be the last to raise your voice 12. Be your own adviser, intuition. 13. No fear, no surprise, not hesitation, no doubt 14. I wish I’d done that, and I will. The world is divided into those who look at others enviously and those who look at others as a motivational tool 15. Count to 10, you’ll get an appropriate response 16. Change what you can change, let go of the rest. Dedicate yourself personally to things you can change, areas where you can make a difference. 17. Aim to be the very best at everything you do, not the second best. Failing is fine. Aiming for the second best isn’t. 18. Don’t be afraid to dream 19. Don’t dwell on the past. Live here, live now. Live in this moment. 20. Don’t live in the future. Dreams are great but reality is fine too 21. Get on with life, it’s whooshing past. You have to give it a bit of thought if you want to get the best out of it 22. Dress like today is important. People will react differently to you if you dress as if it matters. 23. Have a belief system. You don’t have to prove it to anyone else, justify it, even show it 24. Leave a little space for yourself each day, where you do absolutely nothing 25. Have a plan, or it will always remain a dream 26. Have a sense of humor 27. Choose how you make your bed. Do the right thing every time, you know what it is 28. Life can be a bit like advertising, you’ll never know from which bits of effort comes the best reward. 29. Get used to stepping outside your comfort zone. Expanding your comfort zone makes you feel good about yourself. 30. Learn to ask questions 31. Have dignity. It’s about showing self-respect and having quiet self-esteem 32. It’s ok to feel big emotions 33. Keep the faith 34. You’ll never understand everything. 35. Know where true happiness comes from, it’s right in yourself 36. Know when to let go, when to walk away. 37. Look after yourself 38. Maintain good manners in all things 39. Prune your stuff frequently 40. Remember to touch the base 41. Draw the lines around yourself 42. Shop for quality, not price 43. It’s okay to worry, or to know how not to 44. Staying young is trying out new tastes, new places to go, new styles 45. Throwing money at a problem doesn’t always work 46. Think for yourself 47. You are not in charge 48. Have something in your life that takes you out of yourself 49. Only the good feel guilty 50. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all Part II: Partnership rules 1. Accept the differences; embrace what you have in common 2. Allow your partner the space to be themselves 3. Be nice, go back to square one and start being courteous again 4. You have to be prepared for them to be independent, strong , out in the world separate from you 5. Be the first to say sorry 6. Go that extra step in trying to please them 7. Always have someone – or something – that is pleased to see you 8. Know when to listen and when to act 9. Have a passion for your life together 10. Make sure your lovemaking is making love 11. Keep talking, it helps us understand, listen, share and communicate 12. Respect privacy 13. Check you both have the same shared goals 14. Treat your partner better than your best friend 15. Contentment is a high aim 16. You don’t both have to have the same rules Part III: Family and friends rules 1. If you are going to be a friend, be a good friend. The most important bit is being there, not just for the good times 2. Never be too busy for loved ones 3. Let your kids mess up for themselves – they don’t need any help from you. You can’t steer them right all the time or they’d never learn for themselves 4. Have a little respect and forgiveness for your parents 5. Give your kids a break 6. Never lend money unless you’re prepared to write it off 7. There are no bad children 8. Be up around people you love 9. Give your kids responsibility 10. Your children need to rebel to leave home 11. Your kids will have friends you don’t like 12. Your role as a kid, you have a duty to be courteous, thoughtful and cooperative toward your parents 13. Your role as a parent, supportive, encouraging, kind, patient, educational, loyal, honest, caring, loving Part IV: Social rules 1. We’re all closer than you think. The difference between us is so very little when you wipe away the veneer we all wear 2. It doesn’t hurt to forgive 3. It doesn’t hurt to be helpful 4. Take pride in what we do collectively 5. What’s in it for them 6. Hang out with positive people 7. Be generous with your time and information 8. Get involved 9. Keep the moral high ground. It tastes a lot better than revenge 10. Have a plan for your career 11. Learn to see your community as part of a bigger picture 12. Look at the long-term ramifications of what you do for a living 13. Be good at your job Part V: World rules 1. Be aware of the damage you are doing 2. Be for the glory, not the degradation 3. Be part of the solution, not the problem 4. Check what history would say about you 5. Keep your eyes open at all times 6. Not everything can be green 7. Put something back 8. Find a new rule everyday – or occasionally at least

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alain Burrese

    The expanded edition of "The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life" by Richard Templar is a great read for practical, motivational, and inspiring advice on how to live. Templar says if you follow these rules, you'll feel better, you'll be a better friend, partner, and parent, and that you'll leave the world a better place. I think he's right, and this book of rules is a great handbook of how to live, how to treat people, and how to be a better member o The expanded edition of "The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life" by Richard Templar is a great read for practical, motivational, and inspiring advice on how to live. Templar says if you follow these rules, you'll feel better, you'll be a better friend, partner, and parent, and that you'll leave the world a better place. I think he's right, and this book of rules is a great handbook of how to live, how to treat people, and how to be a better member of society. I'd already read the expanded edition of Richard Templar's "The Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success," so I pretty much expected more of the same, and that is what this book consisted of. If you like one of these books, you'll most likely enjoy the other. If you don't like one, skip the other because they are similar. Similar in that they consist of short essays on Templar's "Rules." This book, "The Rules of Life," contains 106 such rules, divided into four parts. These parts cover these general areas: Rules for You, Partnership Rules, Family and Friends Rules, and Social Rules. I liked the book because the rules make sense, and Templar acknowledges that every rule might not be for everyone. However, following these rule, or at least attempting to, can definitely improve one's life. And yes, some are very easy and you may have heard them from your mother when you were young, such as rule number 56 "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." But that's what makes this book so good. It is essentially reminding us of many things that we probably know, but don't think about, or more likely, don't put into action, nearly enough. At least I know I don't follow some of these rules as often as I'd like. So reading this book reminds us of things we should do, ways we should act, and how we should treat others. If we think about these rules, and then act on them, we undoubtedly will enjoy more and reap rewards where those who don't follow the suggestions in this book will fall short and be more remorseful about failed relationships, unrecognized potential, and a general dreary outlook on portions of life. Each rule fills two pages, and on the second page there is a box with a key point in large print. Templar puts in personal examples and throws in a bit of humor here and there, making this an easy and enjoyable book to read. I really believe Templar is right when he says the secret to life comes down to choice, and I do believe the guidance in this book will help readers make better choices. I suggest a person read this book as I did, and that was only a couple of rules at a time at most, and then reflect a bit on how the rule might best serve you. Some rules you may wish to dismiss, and that's okay. With 106 good suggestions, just implementing a portion of them will make a difference in your life. Absorb and implement those that are useful and applicable to your situation and begin to live better, happier and be more successful.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tan

    Much of what this book touches on is basic common sense. In one way, it's an okay - although very basic - reminder of behaviors and mindsets most people already have. I have two main gripes about the book. 1) There are 105 Rules, and they're all over the place. I didn't get much of a sense of connection between these rules, many were similar to others, and just weren't very concise. The book does not really take you anywhere. 2) The tone of the book feels as if the author is speaking down to the re Much of what this book touches on is basic common sense. In one way, it's an okay - although very basic - reminder of behaviors and mindsets most people already have. I have two main gripes about the book. 1) There are 105 Rules, and they're all over the place. I didn't get much of a sense of connection between these rules, many were similar to others, and just weren't very concise. The book does not really take you anywhere. 2) The tone of the book feels as if the author is speaking down to the reader, like a child, or someone who doesn't know or think much. The author also repeatedly apologizes for himself and what he writes, as if he feels the reader would be judging him or that some bits of what he is writing would be found offensive. I appreciate books that are positive and strive to better people's lives, and I know this was a good attempt. But I didn't get much from it, and wouldn't read it again. In conclusion, this is a book of total common sensibility, although common sense is not all that common anymore. Simply, be kind to others, share, know right from wrong, listen to your gut, you know, all those things you learned in kindergarden. I'm glad I only borrowed it and not bought it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    There was one page that will stick with me as a rule for my life forever now. Books like this are worth it even if you only take one lesson away. There's something in here for everyone I am sure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Reda Shokr

    It is not a revelation, more a reminder!! Mr. Templar really articulates a realistic guidance to live a quite, fulfilled, and somehow a happy life. It is a perfect book for young people or who are seeking towards success and achieving their dreams. One of the most significant things within the book, being long paragraphed articles! Every subject has only a page and half. Additionally, it is a good book for wise methods to overcome the downs of life. Enjoy it! Enjoy your life

  6. 4 out of 5

    Velvetink

    kindle cloud - this was free and for a self-help motivation how do i live my life book, it was full of good stuff. Highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alistair Young

    I bought this book in Heathrow Airport. I have no idea why I tend to buy self-help books (or management books, another genre this applies to) in airports, apart from the broadening of standards that tends to apply when facing an eight-hour transatlantic flight, but I do; so it goes. This one, however, I didn't read on the flight - I think I bought quite a few books that time - so here I am coming to it much later. Unfortunately, while I have found some good and interesting reads in this genre, I c I bought this book in Heathrow Airport. I have no idea why I tend to buy self-help books (or management books, another genre this applies to) in airports, apart from the broadening of standards that tends to apply when facing an eight-hour transatlantic flight, but I do; so it goes. This one, however, I didn't read on the flight - I think I bought quite a few books that time - so here I am coming to it much later. Unfortunately, while I have found some good and interesting reads in this genre, I can't say this is one of them. Its greatest weakness is actually something it says itself, on page xiv: "What you will find is good old-fashioned common sense. There is nothing here you don't already know." Which may well be good in some contexts, but I'm afraid does not make for a terribly fascinating book. Indeed, I think I would almost have to say verging on the platitudinous. I bought his Rules of Work at the same time, so we'll see how that goes. In the meantime, though, I think I'll stick with the Amoral Series. ( http://weblog.siliconcerebrate.com/ce... )

  8. 4 out of 5

    Miltiadis Michalopoulos

    I haven't finished it yet, but I think it is a very good book so far. I give it four stars. The problem with people is that they are expecting too much from books. If you expect salvation through reading a book, then you are in the wrong direction. A book is just a book. There is nothing new in it. No revelation of a Big Truth. I knew that from the start. But this book has many small "truths" that we often forget and we need someone to remind us in a simple way. That's what this book is about, a I haven't finished it yet, but I think it is a very good book so far. I give it four stars. The problem with people is that they are expecting too much from books. If you expect salvation through reading a book, then you are in the wrong direction. A book is just a book. There is nothing new in it. No revelation of a Big Truth. I knew that from the start. But this book has many small "truths" that we often forget and we need someone to remind us in a simple way. That's what this book is about, and that's what I like in it. There are more than a hundred little "rules" that we need to keep in mind. Because we tend to forget them. I think I will read it again and again many times.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hadeer

    Nothing I don't already know. Personally I'm not a fan of books telling me what to do. Instead I prefer reading studies and observations. Yet, I loved the book, not for the content but for the style. It's so simple and light, catchy and sincere *not pretentious*. And yeah the rules can be a reminder or something of how to deal with the day-to-day situations given that people don't have time to think anymore ! Anyone can read it for a break or something.. *yes 4 stars but I'm not buying the rest o Nothing I don't already know. Personally I'm not a fan of books telling me what to do. Instead I prefer reading studies and observations. Yet, I loved the book, not for the content but for the style. It's so simple and light, catchy and sincere *not pretentious*. And yeah the rules can be a reminder or something of how to deal with the day-to-day situations given that people don't have time to think anymore ! Anyone can read it for a break or something.. *yes 4 stars but I'm not buying the rest of the series: rules for work, parenting..etc"

  10. 4 out of 5

    Craig Maxwell

    Wow took me nearly a year to get through this. It’s alright nothing special, if you’ve got good common sense I wouldn’t bother reading this book, it’s really not life changing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Candle

    ‏ First of all I have to admit that I like the way that Mr Templer presents his thoughts in , it's easy , clear , deep and realistic which gives you a good life style . This book should leave a great impact on your life , as will as it did to me . There are too many things that's iam really going to change in my own life style , There's some of the quotes that I like : - What is done is done and you need to just get on with your life. - Change what you can change and let go of the rest. - Do the ‏ First of all I have to admit that I like the way that Mr Templer presents his thoughts in , it's easy , clear , deep and realistic which gives you a good life style . This book should leave a great impact on your life , as will as it did to me . There are too many things that's iam really going to change in my own life style , There's some of the quotes that I like : - What is done is done and you need to just get on with your life. - Change what you can change and let go of the rest. - Do the right thing every Time you know what it is. - Dignity is about showing self respect and having quite self esteem. - You will never understand everything. - Being forgiving doesn't mean we have to be pushed around. And much more , #theRulesofLife aren't about making money,it's about how you feel inside, how you affect people around you what sort of a friend, parent, and partner you are, what sort of impact you make on the world, and what sort of impression you leave in your wake. #candleflame23 أبجدية_فرح

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara Sherzad

    Ok to be honest I couldn't finish the book though everything in it is so beautiful and so true but I don't like such books with millions of topics and really small talks about the importance of each!...I read more than half of it but I just can't get out from it with something amazing , my problem is that it's not a deep book with creative thinking and so (though the author says it's like that from the very start! Appreciate your honesty)... I think someone else would actually like it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The best thing about this book is the cover design (the paper is cool.) No 'new' information in this book. Just a reminder of important ideas. I have saved you the $16.99 (US) and listed my favorite 'rules' below: Dude... I got to rule #1 and thought... wow, i guess everyone is NOT entitled to my opinion. :) Author: Richard Templar Publisher: Financial Times Press Copyright: 2006 Genre: Self-help Pages: 219 Date Read- 4/2/08 - 4/24/08 NOTES: _____________________________________ p.1 Rule #1: Keep it under y The best thing about this book is the cover design (the paper is cool.) No 'new' information in this book. Just a reminder of important ideas. I have saved you the $16.99 (US) and listed my favorite 'rules' below: Dude... I got to rule #1 and thought... wow, i guess everyone is NOT entitled to my opinion. :) Author: Richard Templar Publisher: Financial Times Press Copyright: 2006 Genre: Self-help Pages: 219 Date Read- 4/2/08 - 4/24/08 NOTES: _____________________________________ p.1 Rule #1: Keep it under you hat Keep quiet, no one likes a know-it-all. Don't preach, propagate or convert...no one needs (or wants) that much detail. p.41 Rule #19: Don't Dwell on the Past Live here, now and in this moment. This requires concentration, enthusiasm, dedication and perseverance... but time is precious. Learn from mistakes, appreciate memories and move on! p. 47 Rule #Dress Like today is important People will react differently if you dress as if it matters. Greet each day as if it is important and you will FEEL the difference! (French women have mastered 'personal style' even if it means jeans and a t-shirt... you can bet they have on sexy underwear underneath and they work it like its all designer.) p. 51 Rule # 24: Leave a Little Space for Yourself Each Day This is a time to breathe and DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Taking a bath, reading or breathing for just 10 minutes a day can help you appreciate the pleasure of being alive. p. 55 Rule # Do the Right Thing, Everytime. You know what it is. This includes being pleasant and realizing that everything you do has an immediate effect on the people around you. p. 91 Rule #44: Stay Young This means trying out new places to go, new tastes and new styles. Staying young is about keeping a fresh vision of the world, being interested, stimulated, motivated and adventurous. p.95 Rule #46: Think For Yourself Original thinkers are respected & admired. It is natural to want to 'fit in' but you should 'know who you are' and honor that all of the time. p.96 Rule #47: You are not in charge Once you get your head around the wonderful concept that you are here to enjoy and not to run things, then you are free to sit in the sunshine a bit more often... and take 'time off'. p.102 Rule #50: If you Can't Say Anything Nice, Remain Silent. It is easy to gossip and criticize, much more difficult to find something admirable in every situation. People will gravitate toward you if you remain positive. p.111 Rule #52: Allow Your Partner Space To Be Themselves Most successful relationships have a BIG element of independence. It is grown up and HEALTHY to spend time apart... in order to bring revitalized spirit to your relationships. p.122 Rule #58: Know When to Act and When to Listen Sometimes you don't have to DO anything (get out a toolbox and fix it).. you just have to support and offer sympathy. p.124 Rule #59: Have Passion for Your Life with Your Partner Dedicate the biggest part of your life to your family happiness. p.158 Rule #74: Be Up Around People You Love No moaning or complaining. Strive to be the person around whom good things revolve and happen. Lift the burden of those you love. p.184 Rule #85: Hang Out With Positive People Support your life with friends who are enthusiastic, encouraging, make you smile & laugh and stimulate new ideas/directions. p.198 Rule #92: Be Good at your job Have fun or move on. Life is too short

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alyssandra

    This started off promising, but the further I read the more I realized I liked the concept of The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, and More Successful Kind of Life more than I liked the book itself. The content was alright, but Templar didn't include anything that I, and other readers, haven't already seen. However it was writing, rather than content, that earned this book a two-star rating. One thing I value is the ability to write concisely, and this book didn't d This started off promising, but the further I read the more I realized I liked the concept of The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, and More Successful Kind of Life more than I liked the book itself. The content was alright, but Templar didn't include anything that I, and other readers, haven't already seen. However it was writing, rather than content, that earned this book a two-star rating. One thing I value is the ability to write concisely, and this book didn't deliver. I didn't receive brief but comprehensive rules; I received rules that could have been elaborated in a couple of sentences, but were drawn out to fill multiple pages. The other thing that bothered me was the author's writing style itself. Along with being wordy, Templar wrote casually, as if he were speaking to a buddy instead of publishing a guidebook. While many like this personal style, the unprofessional voice left me feeling unsatisfied. However, The Rules of Life did have promising attributes. The concepts, though common, were solid and agreeable. The idea of having a rulebook filled with advice from an older, more experienced person intrigued me, and I wholly appreciate the type of book Templar set out to write. This would be fantastic for those with different preferences.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chung Chin

    The Rules of Life is a collection of "rules" by Richard Templer on four areas of your life: self, spouse, family (parents and children), and friends. Each of these areas are separated into sections and within each sections, Richard Templar share with readers his observations on what successful people do. The book has a light-read feel to it; readers who pick up the book should be able to finish it within two to three days. The writing is easy to comprehend but I am slightly annoyed at the frequen The Rules of Life is a collection of "rules" by Richard Templer on four areas of your life: self, spouse, family (parents and children), and friends. Each of these areas are separated into sections and within each sections, Richard Templar share with readers his observations on what successful people do. The book has a light-read feel to it; readers who pick up the book should be able to finish it within two to three days. The writing is easy to comprehend but I am slightly annoyed at the frequent "disclaimer" that the writer put in this book. He will once in a while, try to make a joke, but will make a tiny note at the bottom of the page asking readers not to be offended or not to write in to him. This was fine for a little while, but eventually becomes a little annoying. I must say though, this is a personal opinion. Other readers may not find anything wrong with this. As for the content, the rules are actually simple common sense. Still, I think if anyone has the time, they should pick up this book and just go through it quickly. It can be inspiring as it calls for the readers to be the better person in every situation. However, I wouldn't highly recommend it apart from being a night-time reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donna Henderson

    I enjoyed this book in the beginning, but as I worked through it, I started to yawn and skim the pages a little. The writing quality was like a conversation one would have in the tavern before those two glasses of wine started streaming through your veins. I think brevity would have worked better in this book. What the author writes, could have easily been condensed into fewer words. May be even the use of bullet-points wouldn't have gone amiss; for those skimming eyes that seem to work wonderfu I enjoyed this book in the beginning, but as I worked through it, I started to yawn and skim the pages a little. The writing quality was like a conversation one would have in the tavern before those two glasses of wine started streaming through your veins. I think brevity would have worked better in this book. What the author writes, could have easily been condensed into fewer words. May be even the use of bullet-points wouldn't have gone amiss; for those skimming eyes that seem to work wonderfully in this digital age. Some of the rules were much more gripping than others, and I guess that is a personal thing. Common sense is definitely the key player in this book. Common sense does exist in us all, but for some, these common senses can be hidden away in caves, awaiting a book, a torch, to guide them out into the daylight. It was a good read, besides all of the pointers, and I rate this a regular three. Finally, a thumbs up to the author who has created a piece of work that will no doubt help many people. A fantastic achievement.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mai

    this book is really Awesome and so inspiring ,all the rules are so practical and from now on i will try to apply them,well,at least some of them that stuck in my head and i like the rule 106 so much ,to be rule player ,you should also add your own rules which you learn everyday from life .we live and learn ,we get inspired ,we make mistakes and learn from them ,we make our own rules that we can modify them anytime or add to them ,all that helps to be a Rule player and to live a better ,happier a this book is really Awesome and so inspiring ,all the rules are so practical and from now on i will try to apply them,well,at least some of them that stuck in my head and i like the rule 106 so much ,to be rule player ,you should also add your own rules which you learn everyday from life .we live and learn ,we get inspired ,we make mistakes and learn from them ,we make our own rules that we can modify them anytime or add to them ,all that helps to be a Rule player and to live a better ,happier and more successful life :)))

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aziemah

    A great book. It's a set of rules of what we should adopt to reap the benefits of what life has to offer. Templar rules make sense. He acknowledges that there are some rules that many would not agree and that's fine. I marked those the one I agree as a reminder to myself. It's true that many commenters suggest the rules are common knowledge but many of use don't really think deeply about it ; the benefit we get if we do it and if we don't,or execute it in our lives. If you are looking ways to im A great book. It's a set of rules of what we should adopt to reap the benefits of what life has to offer. Templar rules make sense. He acknowledges that there are some rules that many would not agree and that's fine. I marked those the one I agree as a reminder to myself. It's true that many commenters suggest the rules are common knowledge but many of use don't really think deeply about it ; the benefit we get if we do it and if we don't,or execute it in our lives. If you are looking ways to improve your life and the way u portray yourself to people around you, you would enjoy this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leenh Bahammam

    I started reading it and it was really good, it made me think of myself and the things I need to change and those I need to cherish and appreciate. But I could not finish it, because I hated how direct it was, like a book of rules! (Well I should have expected that, that's what the title says anyway :D) for that I couldn't carry on reading it, but it has a lot of value in it and a lot of wisdom and I loved that!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shekhzad Yousif

    The Rules of Life is a book about to control the life, says: Live here. Live now. Live in this moment. The rules divided into four sections as circles. Rules player is the center of the circles, the first circle is Self, the second is partnerships, the third is family and friends, the fourth is social relationships. The rules are definitely good for who seeks toward the principles of life. They help one to build his/her basis life.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hilal

    This book is very tricky for my mindset to write a review about in a rational and objective. I know that the writer was able to publish a series of books based on the methodology of his work "Rules of life", but I was only able to appreciate it in the way a child knows that eating his/her vegetables is good for them, but views it as another chore to get done with.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    I like this book as much as the The Rules of Love. So easy to read. My favorite rule is Rule 34 -- You'll Never Understand Everything followed by Rule 47 -- You Are Not in Charge. I get the feeling am going to buy more of his books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    I'm torn in between giving it a 3 star or 4 star. This is an easy read book, nothing new just a reminder of the rules in life that might have been forgotten.. more of a realization. I enjoyed reading it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Lots of moderately inspirational quotes. I'll use some of them with my students in the upcoming school year.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vince

    Full of great ideas. It will be hard to keep up with all of them. But a Rule Player I am from now on!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Preili Pipar

    You may want to read it, but you may also not. It's up to you ;)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Simsim 空

    I believe it has changed my way of thinking towards a lot of things, can be a new lifestyle and I should read it again at some point later. I like the writer's way of writing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    very good and simple rules, i just read this to pass the time

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nhrò Almadani

    Love that rich book sooo much. Highly recommend it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Shepley

    Really interesting book, now I'm a Rules Player!!!

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