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The Rules of Life, Expanded Edition: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life (Richard Templar's Rules) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Templar
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The first edition of The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life became a global phenomenon, topping bestseller charts around the world. This revised edition includes nine new rules to take you further, faster. Author Richard Templar brings together 106 practical rules that happy, successful people follow, even if they've never thought about it. These are realistic, commonsense things you can do differently, starting today... small things that make a powerful difference.

 

Templar offers real wisdom on:

  • Deciding what's important and what isn't
  • Focusing on changes you really can make
  • Using your intuition
  • Learning positive lessons from your regrets
  • Having great dreams and making practical plans
  • Staying young
  • Forgiving without becoming a pushover

 Follow The Rules of Life. You'll feel better. You'll be a better friend, partner, and parent. And you'll leave the world a better place.



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"The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life" is a motivational guide from Richard Templar, as he explains how to live life with your head held high, understanding how to live and work with the many different personalities around you. With plenty of common sense and simple wisdom, "The Rules of Life" will motivate and inspire many a reader.”

--Midwest Book Review

From the Back Cover

106 bite-size, easy-to-use rules for building a more successful, fulfilled life

 

Some people have mastered the art of successful living.

They’re contented and fulfilled. And they’re far better at coping with life’s inevitable adversities.

Then there’s everyone else: struggling to get by.

What’s the difference? They’ve learned the rules.

But you can learn the rules, too.

The Rules of LIFE.

 

Here they are:

106 simple rules to work by...

Common-sense things you can do differently, starting today...

Small things that make a powerful difference...

Real wisdom on telling the difference between what’s important and what isn’t...

Focusing on changes you really can make...

Using your intuition...learning positive lessons from your regrets...

Having great dreams and making practical plans...

Staying young...forgiving without becoming a pushover.

 

These are the most important life rules you will ever follow.

Follow them to be better…You’ll feel better.

You’ll be a better friend, partner, and parent.

And you’ll leave the world a better place.

 


Product Details

  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (November 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047T86HE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively simple, or simply profound. . , December 23, 2010
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When I started this book, I was not sure if it was too obvious to be useful, or profoundly barebones. Well, each reader will have to decide that for himself, but I am going to vote for the profound. The two-page commentary for each "rule" was thoughtful, down-to-earth, and tongue-in-cheek enough to keep from being self-righteous. This volume has a place on the reading list for anyone from the young person who is just finding his/her way through the warning-cones of life, to the person with enough experience to appreciate the succinctness of an elder's wisdom. I enjoyed it myself, and can recommend it as a gift, too.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After this review I will commence with Rule 79... December 21, 2010
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Buy this book for graduates, buy it for your kids, or buy it for yourself if only for Rule 79..."Keep Quiet". In life it is just as important to know when to speak as when not to. There are so many times that I wish I had this rule inked on my hand. You too? You are not alone my friend and Rule 4 is for you, "Accept Yourself". Simple? Yes, these are not overly complicated rules but neither were multiplication tables and that took some memorizing for some of us. The book is divided into four parts with rules for yourself, partnerships, family and friends, and social rules. Definately a good book to read before holiday socializing for necessity and/or pleasure because it would be ashame to get older but not necessarily wiser. (See Rule 2 if you fear this happening to you.)
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Cliches with Tedious Descriptions February 20, 2011
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The Rules of Life is a collection of 106 guidelines for living a happy and fulfilling life. Each guideline is complete with a 1-2 page explanation describing and emphasizing each point. The bulk of the book is merely a collection of common cliches bundled together. Most of the rules are depicted from Templar's life which on their own are valuable yet require wading through far too many of his personal narratives that tend to range from the unnecessary to the downright boring. With the abundance of self help books available you will be well served passing on this book in search of one with better content and more original ideas.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too much to gain from this book. April 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Much of what this book touches on is basic common sense. In one way, it's an okay - although very basic - reminder of behaviors and mindsets most people already have.

I have two main gripes about the book.

1) There are 105 Rules, and they're all over the place. I didn't get much of a sense of connection between these rules, many were similar to others, and just weren't very concise. The book does not really take you anywhere.

2) The tone of the book feels as if the author is speaking down to the reader, like a child, or someone who doesn't know or think much. The author also repeatedly apologizes for himself and what he writes, as if he feels the reader would be judging him or that some bits of what he is writing would be found offensive (apart from that, at times, it seems like he's speaking to you like a child).

I appreciate books that are positive and strive to better people's lives, and I know this was a good attempt. But I didn't get much from it, and wouldn't read it again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Common sense? June 24, 2012
By hargo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a book of total common sensibility, although common sense is not all that common anymore. Simply, be kind to others, share, know right from wrong, listen to your gut, you know, all those things you learned in kinder-garden. I'm glad I didn't pay much for it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Reminders April 19, 2011
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Let's be honest, this book isn't life-changing. At least not for me. It's probably not going to help me lead a better life. But for those times when I need a quick reminder to focus on what's important and not let the little things get me down, The Rules of Life could be helpful.

Instead of saying, "Wow, I never thought of that!" over each rule I read, I found myself saying, "Duh" to most of them. But still, there were several rules I said, "True... I need to remember that more often" to myself.

I didn't love Templar's writing voice, though I generally love a casual author. I just felt like he was trying too hard to be "cool" and get us to like him. He likes to talk about himself and I knew from the opening pages of the book, when he says, "For reasons that are too long and complicated go into here..." we were going to be in trouble. He says he's not going to use cliches, but he does. A lot of them.

However, if you like to have a little boost of positivity into your day and need an easy-to-read reminder that life is pretty fabulous, this could be a great book for you to have on hand.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rules of Life November 20, 2010
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
Rules of Life is the perfect book to give to a young adult as a summary of all of the values and inspirations every parent wants for their children. A blueprint for how to live a happy and rewarding life and a refresher course for anyone whose life has too many complications. Simply put and simple to follow. I will definitely give this book to each of my children and recommend to anyone wanting to find peace and harmony in their lives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal code for a better life April 21, 2011
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First off, I love books like this. It started bout 20 years ago with H. Jackson Brown's books- - remember "Life's Little Instruction Book" and "The Little Book of Christmas Joys: 432 Things to Do For Yourself and Others to Make This the Best Christmas Ever"? Then there was my favorite, "The Rules: Time-tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right". Also, I enjoyed, "As a Lady Would Say: Responses to Life's Important(and sometimes Akward)Situations" and ALL of Victoria Moran's guides. Actually, it may go back further....all the way to Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations". Not to make light of "Meditations" which I probably should not mention in the same paragraph as the previous books, but that ancient tome may be the yardstick of this genre.
Richard Templar's "The Rules of Life" was another good read in this genre. I liked his advice. It should appeal equally to men and women. It was current, but emphasized ethics and what is important. Templar is encouraging --he tells you what you know deep down, but reminds you of it. For example, from 'Know What Counts': "Being here counts. Being kind and considerate counts...having the latest technology doesn't....Doing something useful with your life counts. Going shopping because you're bored doesn't. There are some things in this life that are important and a whole lot of things that aren't..."
There are four main sections- 'Rules for You'; 'Partnership Rules'; 'Family and Friends Rules'; and 'Social Rules'. Every rule is 2 pages with a sidebox memorable quote. I like it because you can skip around the book and read your areas of interest. Templar's view on life is well thought out and helped me to clarify some of my priorites too. It is not a detailed expository text, nor terribly deep, does not require your total concentration and intellect, but it is a great book to keep in the car and bring in to read at a restaurant, or while waiting at a doctor's office.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a friend
I purchased this for a friend but I have read the book a few months ago myself and wanted everyone to have a copy!
Published 4 days ago by Eastcoaster
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
This book is not filled with advice you haven't heard before, which is why it strikes such a chord with readers. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!
I could say a lot about this book but all anyone needs to know from me is that I LOVE THIS BOOK! PERIOD! End of review.
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A thoughtful but long list of things for everyone to think about. The author challenges certain conventions with such statements as "you can't always be green", "find... Read more
Published 20 days ago by D R Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I thought that this was a great book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to do better with their lives.
Published 29 days ago by Daniel Trudeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed !
I really enjoyed this simply (but directly) written book. I really found it easy to read, and very informative, I would highly recommend!
Published 2 months ago by police wife
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book
This is a really nice, uplifting book on how to live a happier life. It's divided into sections, making it more life a reference book. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read
The author is witty and well suited to this endeavor. The only drawback of the book is the formatting. Certainly the content of the book is worth more than five stars. Read more
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You can’t go wrong with food topics or educational pursuits which will increase your social status, give you higher self-esteem, and enable you to possibly advance in your career. Read more
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The Rules of Life is not an intellectual exercise but a small refresher course in all the things we know so well but forget so easily. As such it does a great job. Read more
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Richard Templar is an astute observer of human behavior and understands what makes the difference between those of us who effortlessly glide towards success and those of us who struggle against the tide. He has distilled these observations into his Rules titles. More than 1 million people around the world have enjoyed and now play by Richard Templar's Rules.

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