Created on Thursday, 27 May 2010 13:49
Written by Elaine
Have you ever wondered if life were a game, then what were the rules? If you did, this compact book of common sense and ten principles on how to get the best out of life is perfect for you.
As practical guide to one of her self-development workshops, Cherie Carter-Scott came up with her list of basic yet essential truths to life. She has a PhD in human and organisational development and for nearly 30 years, worked as a life coach, international lecturer, consultant as well as author. Her other books include Negaholics and If Love is a Game, These are the Rules.
Now a New York Times Bestseller, her ten rules for life, also known as the ten rules for being human and first made popular in Jack Canfield's Chicken Soup for the Soul, is spread throughout the world for their universal wisdom and is applicable for both work and home.
The book is categorised by the ten rules as follows:
Rule 1: You will receive a body.
Rule 2: You will be presented with lessons.
Rule 3: There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Rule 4: The lesson is repeated until learnt.
Rule 5: Learning does not end.
Rule 6: "There" is no better than "here".
Rule 7: Others are only mirrors of you.
Rule 8: What you make of your life is up to you.
Rule 9: Your answers lie inside of you.
Rule 10: You will forget all this at birth.
One of my favourite parts of the book is in rule number four : The lesson is repeated until learnt. It's self-explanatory; simple yet not comprehended by most of us. She breaks the further into bite-sized chapters of awareness, willingness, causality and patience, explaining how these factors affect our learning process.
Besides offering insights on various aspects of a fulfilling life, Cherie Carter-Scott also peppers her books with anecotes and live examples to illustrate and prove her points. I particularly liked the little nuggets of wisdom such as the thin line between want and should. For example: WANT leads to CHOICE, which leads to COMMITMENT. SHOULD leads to DECISION, which leads to SACRIFICE.
As Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, says: "If Life is a Game, These are the Rules is a template for living. Everyone needs to read these words of wisdom. It's simple yet important stuff." Related link: If Life is a Game, These are the Rules official website