12 rules for work — an antidote for chaos

As I am apt to do once in a while I'll just wander a bookstore aimlessly; I'll meander through the various sections and let the countless titles wash over me. On one such sojourn there was a title that caught my eye — in part because there were dozens of books stacked waist high but also because the title was so intriguing.



I flipped through the book thinking to myself that I definitely have to read this; then I checked myself because I already have three books on the go. Setting the book down I walked away knowing I would be back to pick it up later. Quite frankly you can never have too many books on the go and I should just accept it.

Shortly afterwards I couldn't help but think about what the 12 rules for work would be. The urge became so strong I had to sit down and write out the first 12 rules that came to mind. This is what I came up with in the order that they came to mind:

  1. Never forget work is much bigger than what you do.
  2. Although you are good at what you do, remember that doesn't mean you are good at everything.
  3. The person that you forgot about will throw a wrench into what you want to accomplish.
  4. When someone asks if there are any questions... ask one.
  5. Work is an intellectual pursuit, not an emotional one.
  6. You know your business when you know your numbers.
  7.  Nothing gets done without good people.
  8. You will get nothing done without objectives and expectations.
  9. It is better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission.
  10. Measure as much as you can.
  11. Raise the bar once you think you know what you are doing.
  12. People don't pay for easy.

In no way is this a definitive list or even a correct one — what the list does represents is the first 12 things that came to mind for me. I'm definitely going to think about this further and deconstruct why I instinctively believe these are, at the very least, 12 very important rules.

I will get back to you.


PS — I would like to thank Jordan B Peterson for the inspiration.