29 Rules To Live By
I picked up quite probably one of the best business books I've ever read , this week.
The book? Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss.
It's a simple concept. Over the years, Tim has interviewed a whole raft of entrepreneurs, successful athletes, and deep thinkers for his podcast, so he took the transcripts, asked a few more questions, and *ta-dah* produced this book.
I absolutely loved it. It spoke to me on so many levels - as an entrepreneur, as an innovator, and a creator. It reminded me of things I used to do, still do, and it also opened up a whole world of new things to try.
And this, without doubt, was my favourite find of all:
Peter Diamandis' 'Peter's Laws'.
I love them all, if I'm frank, and it felt like coming home (how wonderful it is to find a mind that understands yours!) but if I had to pick three, and I've lost count of how many times I've changed the list, they'd be:
If you can't win, change the rules
If you can't change the rules, ignore them
When faced without a challenge, make one
As an entrepreneur, my job is to challenge every situation, break every rule (or ignore, if needs be), and consistently come up with new challenges to solve - and then solve them. That, of course, mostly requires me to then change or break more rules...
(And before I go any further, let me be clear; I'm talking about rules in terms of 'that's how we've always done it, so that's how it's done' rules, rather than societal rules - although there are definitely some of those waiting to be changed and broken).
How I think, and work, might not suit everyone, and it certainly raises eyebrows when I merrily confess to breaking rules without a second thought to get the end result I'm aiming for - but that's what I'm paid to do. That's why I'm good at what I do.
I don't like or respect the status quo, and I go all out to test and improve it.
And that's what creators, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs the world over do - all day, every day. They take something that needs to change, break it down to its core components, examine it, pick out the bits that really don't work, make new bits that do (the more innovative, the better), and then put it all back together again.
It's what they're good at, what makes them tick, and what their job requires of them.
And why, once they've found their niche - their field of interest - they keep working at it until they find that solution.
What does your job require you to do? And is there a corresponding #PetersLaw? If not, what law would you add to the list?
Is there a #PetersLaw that's making you itch to change your job and embrace that new way of thinking? Or one that you recognise or identify with, and have already embraced?
I'd love to know! Share your thoughts with me by commenting below!