Every game you ever played as a kid, had rules. They went from the simple, (Tic-Tac-Toe or Rock-Paper-Scissors) to organized sports that had rulebooks that officials have to memorize and enforce while you played.
Rules are a part of life. Whether it was a bedtime, having a school project due on a certain date, a time to show up at work or the speed limit in your neighborhood.
Depending upon your natural bent, you either like rules or you see them as restraints that keep you from being creative and enjoying your own rules.
It doesn’t matter if you like the rules or even if you know the rules. It only matters that you live by them.
Too many of us have gotten traffic tickets when we weren’t aware of the the law we broke. Whether we missed the posted speed limit, didn’t yield the right of way, using our cell phone while traveling through a different state, or speeding in a school zone. As the old saying goes, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”.
In life, you have to learn the rules if you are going to play the game. More importantly, if you want to win the game you have to follow the rules.
Depending on the job you have or will have, you have to follow a dress code. It varies, according to your job what you have to wear but it’s important you wear what you’re told to. Some jobs you’re not allowed to wear jewelry. It’s not that your boss hates the “bling” but it might cause a permanent injury if it gets caught in the machinery.
If I had my choice, I’d wear shorts, t-shirts and go barefoot to work. Since my employer requires I wear dress clothes, I do. I can be paid zero dollars an hour and wear what I want or I can be paid and follow the rules. My boss doesn’t hate me nor does she want me to be unhappy, it’s just the way it is. Since I like being paid and can use that money for my benefit and to benefit my family, I do what I don’t want to do because it’s playing by the rules.
When it comes to appropriate dress, being late and talking back to your boss if you get three strikes before you’re out, you’re lucky.
If you’re in school, read the syllabus, put all the projects and papers on your calendar and turn them in on time and if you want to get crazy, turn them in early.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a job, pay attention and follow the guidelines to your job with your company. For bonus points, show up early.
So learn the rules at whatever you are doing, whether it’s school, work or in a relationship and do your best to follow the rules.