10 Rules for Living a 21st Century Life

2016-04-18_10-30-19.pngThis post has been sitting in my “draft” pile for as long as any there. I don’t pretend to be some guru siting on a mountain with the meaning of life. I’m just a guy who has managed to survive seventy years on this earth and not get into too much trouble. But living those seventy years I have made a lot of mistakes and had a few successes.

The last post was about rules and how they can be stifling in life and now here I am giving you my “rules for life”. Kind of ironic isn’t it? I get very philosophical at times. “What have I done right in life?” “What caused me to miss great opportunities?” These are questions I have been thinking about the past few years.  The answers to those questions have resulted in my 10 Rules for Living in the 21st Century. They are not in any particular order so don’t go there…  🙂

  1. Don’t get tied down to one locale — Jobs are just not as permanent as they used to be nor are they equally spread across the country. Accept the fact that you may have to relocate to another area for a job that matches your compassion.
  2. Continue Learning — Things are changing faster now than ever before and that pace will only increase as time goes by. Most likely what you learned just five years ago no longer has any relevance. Never stop learning either at a professional level or a personal one.
  3. Embrace Change — Let’s face it change happens whether you like it or not. Those who resist change are bound to miss out on too many of life’s opportunities.
  4. Question Established Beliefs — Never accept the line “That’s just the way we do it.” Everything can be improved. Don’t get stuck in one frame of mind. Be open to possibilities..
  5. Live Beyond Yourself — a multicultural country like the U.S.  demands that we get along with each other. It has been found that one of the strongest ties is community. We are all part of a greater presence. We are all our brother’s keeper. Ayn Rand just got it wrong. Empathy is not the scourge of mankind, it is the very foundation.
  6. Be willing to compromise — Its not a dirty word.
  7. Think for yourself — Don’t buy into hatred or prejudices that may be all around you. Too many of us take the lazy way in life. We tie into a belief system without really considering other possibilities.
  8. Recognize the world community — Clans are very strong in the world today and have been for thousands of years. Sunnis have a hatred for Shiite Muslims. Protestants distrust Catholics. Recognize that our world is fragile and needs all of us thinking globally. Tribal rivalries have a shrinking place in the 21st century.
  9. Be willing to admit you are wrong — This is a tough one. No one wants to admit that they might have been wrong about something. Too many see that admission as a sign of weakness. In reality it is a sign of strength that we are able to admit that we have grown beyond past beliefs.
  10. Love One Another — We are all in the same boat whether we like it or not.


  1. #6 and #9 are two sides of the same coin. Too many have decided compromise shows weakness or would force an admission of being wrong. Of course, for some folks #6 is directly tied to rejecting rule #2.

    I’d say your list is right up there with Ben Franklin’s famous list of virtues!


  2. I kind of differ with you on the #6, #9 comparison Bob. Compromising does not have to mean that either party is wrong, maybe just different approaches to a problem. When via compromise we blend a little of both approaches a better result often occurs.

    Thanks for the complement.


    • To compromise means moving from a position one holds to another. I assume that the original position is believed to be the best option. To move from that to a compromise must imply that some part of the original belief can be discarded. Maybe it isn’t wrong, just has some flexibility. I understand your point. Too bad most of those in Washington don’t.


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