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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767902386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767902380
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

If you loved "The Rules for Being Human" attributed to "Anonymous" in the bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul, you're in luck. The author--corporate trainer Chérie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.--has stepped forward and written a follow-up book: If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules. This book, "a basic spiritual primer for what it means to be a human," discusses each of the 10 rules (e.g., "There are no mistakes, only lessons," and "Lessons are repeated until learned,") and discusses them with kindness, eloquence, and wisdom. For example, rule 1 is, "You will receive a body. You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth." Carter-Scott discusses the challenge of making peace with the body we've been given, and the lessons of acceptance (appreciating it as it is), self-esteem (viewing yourself as worthy, despite how your body looks or performs), respect (treating it like a "valuable and irreplaceable object"), and pleasure (indulging in the five senses to "unlock the joy stored within you"). Similarly, each of the rules has four "lessons." You'll read this inspirational book more than once, and mark quotes to tell friends. --Joan Price

From Publishers Weekly

Drawing the listener in with her heartfelt, uplifting voice and undeviating purpose ("to facilitate your personal journey of success"), motivational speaker, consultant and author of seven books (including If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules) Carter-Scott systematically outlines her 10 rules for a fulfilling life. Taken at face value, the "rules"--"Wanting success is the first step towards obtaining it," "Self-trust is essential" and "Goals are stepping stones on path"--seem little more than clich‚d self-help mantras that belie the book's real substance and author's down-to-earth tone. The highly organized format contains individualized exercises in each chapter, helping readers pinpoint their personal definition of success; articulate their purpose, path, vision and mission; organize a support team; and assess opportunities and maximize resources. Strategies are offered to avoid common pitfalls and hidden barriers to success such as self-sabotage, as well as a how-to on setting S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, attainable realistic and time-based). Hand-picked proverbs, inspirational quotes, a heavy reliance on personal experience and three decades' worth of her clients' anecdotal evidence perfectly suit the spoken format. Based on the Broadway hardcover (Forecasts, Oct. 9, 2000).

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

More About the Author

New York Times No. 1 best-selling author Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott is an international author, corporate coach, entrepreneur, consultant, lecturer, teacher, trainer, talk-show host, and seminar leader. Her company, Motivation Management Service Institute Inc., has reached millions of people worldwide. She has promoted her books internationally, including more than 400 appearances on television and radio. Her highly successful books include If Love Is a Game, These Are the Rules; If Success Is a Game, These Are the Rules; If High School Is a Game, Here's How to Break the Rules; The Gift of Motherhood; and Negaholics. Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott is available for speeches and personal and corporate coaching and training. Her Web site is www.themms.com.

Customer Reviews

This is a book I will keep coming back to.
I can teach you the rules, and that will do you little good unless you develop skill or only play unskilled opponents.
Donald Mitchell
This is a great book that helps readers to gain perspective on the things that are important to them in life!
T. Coffey

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found it very difficult to grade this book. It is clearly a five-star implementation of its promise: To give you the rules for achieving success in career and life. That's what my rating above stands for.
On the other hand, I think the book's premise as described in the title is an incomplete one. Let me give you an analogy. We know chess is a game. I can teach you the rules, and that will do you little good unless you develop skill or only play unskilled opponents. Then I can give you the rules of how to succeed at chess, but if you do not develop enough skill, you still will not win at chess unless the opponents are less skillful. Many of the rules in this book are the equivalent of telling a new chess player to think 8 moves ahead before picking the next move. Easily said, but hard to do.
My point is that this book usually gives you very correct information, but at a level of generalization that will only get you started in the direction of where you need to go . . . not give you the skill to get there.
By comparison, I have attended many excellent seminars that emphasized similar material. In those circumstances, working on exercises with a new "buddy" met at the seminar and writing in a journal provided the focus, discipline, and feedback to start making progress. This book also has exercises, but doesn't give you enough direction for how to work on them to make the kind of progress you could be making.
Having said that, this book will be great for people who are already very focused on success and just have a need for a little better direction in how to pursue it. If you are just getting stuck a little now and then, you will probably do very well with this book.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on October 19, 2003
Format: Cards
In the bestseller CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL, there was a
passage entitled "The Rules for Being Human" . . . it was originally
attributed to "Anonymous," but the author (Cherie Carter-Scott)
eventually came forward and wrote a follow-up book: IF LIFE IS
In this latter effort, Carter-Scott makes the rules come alive by
relating them to stories drawn from her own encounters, along
with examples from her family, close friends and workshop
participants . . . you almost feel as if she is talking with you
I found this short book to be most thought-provoking and
one that I will want to revisit--often.
There were several memorable passages . . . however, methinks
that you'll most enjoy just thinking about the various rules
that follow:
Rule One:
You will receive a body.
You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration
of your life on Earth.
Rule Two:
You will be presented with lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called "life."
Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to
learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but
you have designed them as part of your curriculum.
Rule Three:
There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors,
and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much a
part of the process as the experiments that work.
Rule Four:
A lesson is repeated until learned.
Lessons will repeated to you in various forms until you have
learned them. When you have learned them, you can then go on
to the next lesson.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Truth is Out There on March 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For all of you fans of the book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul", there is a new book out there that unveils the ten greatest rules about living life as a human being. In fact, the forward is written by Jack Canfield ( of 'Chicken Soup' fame) and has an interesting story. You see, the first version of Chicken Soup had a list called "The Ten Rules for Being Human" signed by 'anonymous'. Turns out, Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott was the author of those Ten Rules and, with a little encouragement, she's put together this fabulous little book to help us reprogram the gray matter in our skulls.
The book is laid out in an extremely easy to read format and divided into Ten Chapters, or Rules, if you will. In these 133 pages, are such eye opening revelations, such as: Chapter # 3 There Are No Mistakes Only Lessons and Chapter # 4 A Lesson is Repeated Until Learned. These two chapters alone are worth the price of admission! Time and again, you may have witnessed a friend, or even yourself repeating a situation in life, over and over. Whether it's always going out with the same type of people, trusting the wrong people, or simply making the most difficult choices, these are symptoms of not understanding that life will always present you with the same type of situations, until you have learned to master them. It's not bad luck, but probably unwise decision making that gives us the same outcome. Until a person makes a 'conscious' decision to adjust their cycle of thinking, and break out of the pattern, life will always seem to dole out the same rewards.
Another great chapter is #9: "All Your Answers Lie Inside of You". Sometimes we know what's best for us and we still decide to go against it. What you need, what you seek and who you are is embedded within you. This book is not about games, it's about living life to the fullest and achieving the next level of consciousness. An excellent gift for the soul searcher!
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