The Rules to Break

The Rules to Break

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A personal code for living your life your way.

From a very young age you've been inundated with other people's well-intended rules. Whether from teachers, friends or parents, these helpful principles and bits of gracious advice are supposed to help you get on in life. The trouble is, many of these rules aren't true (at least not all the time) and yet they have a major influence on your life whether you realise it or not.

How do you sort the gold dust from the sawdust?

In The Rules to Break, international bestselling author Richard Templar exposes the most common phoney rules, explains what's wrong with them and then offers a refreshing alternative and a new way of thinking. Above all, he'll help you master the ability to truly think for yourself, so than you can follow a path that you've chosen, rather than blindly following someone else's.

It's your life. Why not live it your way?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 135 x 213 x 20mm | 300g
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 1292088125
  • 9781292088129
  • 63,096

Table of contents



Rules to break

1. Success is a good job earning lots of money

Rule 1: Success is what you say it is

2. Some people are just born lucky

Rule 2: Don't envy other people

3. You need the right qualifications

Rule 3: Exams aren't the be all and end all

4. Your parents are always right

Rule 4: Don't expect your parents to be perfect

5. Your parents are responsible for how you turn out

Rule 5: Give your parents a break

6. The world is against you

Rule 6: You're responsible for your own life

7. We all have an absolute right to be respected

Rule 7: There's a balance between the right to respect, and tolerance

8. You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family

Rule 8: Your siblings should be your best friends for life

9. Teacher knows best

Rule 9: Getting on at school is not the same as getting on in life

10. Have something to say for yourself

Rule 10: If you find it hard to talk, try listening

11. Some people are just difficult

Rule 11: No one chooses to be difficult without a reason

12. Don't waste your time on people who aren't worth it

Rule 12: Suffer fools gladly. Well, suffer them, anyway

13. You can't be cheerful if you're in pain

Rule 13: Pain doesn't have to make you miserable

14. Good work speaks for itself

Rule 14: No one at work will know how good you are unless you tell them

15. Do what it takes to get what you want

Rule 15: Don't emotionally blackmail people

16. A place for everything, and everything in its place

Rule 16: It's not morally superior to be tidy

17. It matters what other people think

Rule 17: Don't live for other people's approval

18. Give as good as you get

Rule 18: You get what you give

19. Stick with your own kind

Rule 19: Your friends don't all need to be like you

20. The best things in life are free

Rule 20: Everything worth having hurts

21. You can change people

Rule 21: Don't try to change people

22. It's where you're going that matters, not where you came from

Rule 22: Be proud of your roots

23. Friends are for life

Rule 23: Friends come and go

24. Mistakes are a bad thing

Rule 24: Mistakes can be good

25. Be a friend to everybody

Rule 25: You don't have to like everyone

26. ... and everybody will be your friend

Rule 26: ... and not everyone will like you

27. If you don't like it, tough

Rule 27: Remember you have a choice

28. You need to get your chores over with

Rule 28: Life's all about the little things

29. Stay true to your dreams

Rule 29: Priorities change over the years

30. People have a right to know

Rule 30: Know how to keep a secret

31. Face your fears

Rule 31: Replace the bad thoughts

32. Make a New Year's resolution every year

Rule 32: You can't change habits unless
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About Richard Templar

Richard Templar is the author of the international bestselling Rules books. Over 2 million people around the world have enjoyed and now play by Richard Templar's Rules. The complete list of titles is as follows: Rules of Life, Rules of Work, Rules of Management, Rules of Wealth, Rules of Parenting and Rules of Love and Rules to Break.
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