Rules for Life


Scout Law


A Scout is Trustworthy.

A Scout is Loyal.

A Scout is Helpful.

A Scout is Friendly.

A Scout is Courteous.

A Scout is Kind.

A Scout is Obedient.

A Scout is Cheerful.

A Scout is Thrifty.

A Scout is Brave.

A Scout is Clean.

Darnallís Rules


  1. All the horseís rears are not on horses.
  2. If your plumber comes with a backhoe, youíre in real trouble.
  3. Wives and mothers do not think farts are funny.  who knew?
  4. No man ever matures past 12.
  5. Many a man has been convicted of a crime that existed only in his wife's mind.
  6. Don't wrestle with the pig.  You'll both get dirty but the pig will enjoy it.
  7. Life is short. Eat dessert first.
  8. Check your ďto doĒ list.  Make sure the person putting items on there is authorized to do so. (If you put it there you can take it off!)
  9. It is better to ask forgiveness than permission.
  10. In order for someone to insult us, we must first grant them the power to do so.  That's why "political correctness" is such a crock.
  11. Don't let anyone rain on your parade.
  12. If your computer doesn't work, smack it on the side.
  13. Never, ever take a laxative and a sleeping pill on the same night.  Never!
  14. To be early is to be on time; to be on time is to be late; to be late is unthinkable. (Wood badge time)
  15. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  16. Make her/him laugh.
  17. If you're living life in the fast lane and the road ahead of you is clear, you may be the one holding up traffic.
  18. Trying to teach your cell phone to swim, especially in the toilet, is a really bad idea.


My Grandmotherís Advise


  1. More flies have been won with honey than with vinegar
  2. You wouldn't worry so much what people think of you if you knew how seldom they do.
  3. Better an empty house, than a poor tenant.(Advise give if you should belch)
  4. It's better to burp and bear the shame, than swallow the burp and bear the pain,
  5. Small things amuse small minds


Gibbís Rules


Rule #3: Don't believe what you're told. Double check.
Rule #4: The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself.
Second best? Tell one other person - if you must.
There is no third best.

Rule #9: Never go anywhere without a knife.
Rule #18: It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission

Rule #39: There is no such thing as coincidence.
Rule #51: Sometimes ó You're Wrong! 

General Colin Powell's Rules

  1. It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
  2. Get mad, then get over it.
  3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
  4. It can be done!
  5. Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
  6. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
  7. You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.
  8. Check small things.
  9. Share credit.
  10. Remain calm. Be kind.
  11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
  12. Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
  13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
  14. Sometimes being responsible means pissing people off
  15. You never know what you can get away with unless you try

General Norman Schwarzkopfís Rules

Leadership Ė Key Principles

  1. Think of yourself as a leader. Leaders lead people, not systems, processes et al.
  2. Character. Requires sense of duty, ethics, morality Ė it is not a measure of competence.  In times of crisis, people pick character to follow. Have strength of character Ė a prerequisite to having the courage to do the right thing.
  3. Leadership must be respected, even though not loved. Make it happen and take responsibility. You can delegate authority, and still take responsibility. It is more important to be respected than to be loved. Leaders do not seek to be pleasing first.
  4. The true rewards of leadership come from leadership itself Ė not the next promotion or tangible reward. Do not seek rewards; leadership is its own reward.

The next eight rules represent the actions of great leadership. Leaders who are active participants and demonstrate what they expect get results.

Rules of Leadership

  1. No organization will get better until leadership admits that something is broken. The prevalent can do attitude must be willing to accept you canít do before you know something has to change. The climate must allow people to speak up.
  2. Leaders establish goals for an organization. They must be understood and know their role in reaching the goal. FOCUS is the number #1 goal in the military. The greater the number of goals, the more confusion you get. Creating focus is the number 1 priority for a leader. Excellent leaders instill focus by creating shared goals that are clear and understood; everyone understands their roles in achieving the shared goals.
  3. Leaders set high standards; they donít accept low standards. They set expectations. People go to work to succeed, not to fail.
  4. Leaders set high standards and clarify their expectations. They then expect that people will go to work on achieving these standards.
  5. Recognize and reward success Ė it is infectious.  Failure is contagious. Leaders recognize and reward success. They understand deeply that both successes as well as failure are contagious.
  6. Accept a few mistakes. Provide the latitude to learn. Leaders accept a few mistakes but also, create the latitude and atmosphere to learn.
  7. Donít tell them how to do the job Ė simply allocate resources, set standards and the results will exceed your expectations. Leaders do not deal with how to get the job done, they surround themselves with talent and then allocate resources and remove roadblocks to enable the talent to excel.
  8. Love the troops. Leaders love their troops and let them know in many ways.

Most importantlyÖthe final two rules identify if you have what it takes to have managerial courage.

  1. When placed in command, take charge. Even if the decision is bad, you have set change in motion.  It is better than being stagnant. When placed in command, take charge.
  2. Do what is right. It is a sign of character. Have strength of character Ė a prerequisite to having the courage to do the right thing. Do the right thing Ė have the moral courage to do the right thing.


Thomas Jeffersonís Ten Rules

  1. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
  2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
  3. Never spend money before you have earned it.
  4. Never buy what you donít want because it is cheap.
  5. Pride costs more that hunger, thirst and cold.
  6. We seldom repent of having eaten to little.
  7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
  8. How much pain the evils cost us that never happened.
  9. Take things always by the smooth handle.
  10. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, count a hundred.


Richardís Rules of Order

Steven M. Weidman and J. Andrew Weidman learned these snippets of wisdom and had them stamped into their

minds by their father, Richard L. Weidman. (Published December 6, 2011, Reading Eagle)


1.       The Golden Rule: Whoever has the gold makes the rules.

2.        The right to work law: If you donít like to work here, you have the right to work somewhere else.

3.        Try to avoid getting into a business partnership with the weather.

4.        If you tell the truth, you donít have to remember what you said.

5.        Donít get ahead of your boss on a dusty road.

6.        If youíre coasting, youíre going downhill.

7.        Rule one for travel: half the clothes, twice the money.

8.        Donít start vast projects with half vast ideas.

9.        Donít let your reach exceed your grasp.

10.      Thereís done and overdone.

11.      Thereís a big difference between casual and sloppy.

12.      You wonít get a second chance to make a good first impression.

13.      You should try to put more on the pile than you take away.

14.      Itís not how hard you work, itís what you accomplish.

15.      If you donít understand the solution, you may be part of the problem.

16.      Good judgment comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgment.

17.      Itís best if you donít make the same mistake once.

18.      Be careful if you invest in anything that you have to feed or paint.

19.      Sometimes you can add by subtracting.

20.      It wouldnít have happened to you if you hadnít been there.

21.      When you stop rowing, you shouldnít be surprised if others do too.

22.      As a manager, the important thing isnít what happens when youíre there, but what happens when youíre not there.

23.      Some people have 20 years of experience; others have one yearís experience 20 times.

24.      Common sense isnít very common.


Chuck Norris created the martial art Chun Kuk Do, which is based primarily on Tang Soo Do and includes elements from every combat style he knows. Like many other martial arts, Chun Kuk Do includes a code of honor and rules to live by. These rules are from Chuck Norris's personal code. They are:

  1. I will develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways.
  2. I will forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements.
  3. I will continually work at developing love, happiness and loyalty in my family.
  4. I will look for the good in all people and make them feel worthwhile.
  5. If I have nothing good to say about a person, I will say nothing.
  6. I will always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
  7. I will maintain an attitude of open-mindedness.
  8. I will maintain respect for those in authority and demonstrate this respect at all times.
  9. I will always remain loyal to my God, my country, family and my friends.
  10. I will remain highly goal-oriented throughout my life because that positive attitude helps my family, my country and myself.

The Rotary Four-Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?