How to benefit from deliberately breaking rules

“You are remembered for the rules you break.” 

Douglas MacArthur, 5 Star General

Breaking certain rules can result in huge benefits – but can also cause your worst nightmares.

There comes a time when it becomes necessary to break a rule, simply to break control of others or a situation and to set yourself free to make your own rules. Here are some perks of breaking certain rules of society:

  1. Work from 9 to 5 Rule. When you break this rule, you can get ahead by garnering more time for yourself and working more efficiently. Many people today are realising the perks that technology now affords by setting their own hours and taking more time for themselves.
  2. Always Meet Your Goals and Expectations. However, you may change your mind along the way – it’s as simple as that. You can become enthused about another project or goal if you can let the old one go.
  3. What Other People Think is Important. Letting go of the fear of people judging you can be very freeing. What kept you down and from reaching new heights in your life is replaced with a new zest for life and enthusiasm to take advantage of every opportunity.
  4. Mistakes Are a Bad Thing. You can get tons of benefits from making mistakes. It’s never fun to admit you’re wrong, but you learn lessons from those mistakes, the benefits are many and you’ll likely never make that mistake again.
  5. Your Parents Are Always Right. When you realise that your parents lived in another time when rules meant something different than they do today, you can justify breaking this rule. The major benefit you can get from breaking this rule is to free yourself to make your own decisions and plot your own life-path.

Although there are perks from breaking many of society’s rules, beware of breaking rules that were set in place to help us in life.

Not working 9 until 5 every day doesn’t mean you don’t have to work hard to realise your goals and dreams. In fact, you may work harder – spend long days and nights – in reaching the goals and dreams you have for yourself.

But setting your own hours can help you work on your own terms and not those set by others. You’ll do a much better job and finish projects much more efficiently.

What rules are you going to break today?

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