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Donn King


5 Simple Rules To Live By

I love the idea of this challenge. It's not only "what are your rules?" It's "become aware of your own rules" and "just five, not 25." In other words, the key is "simple."


    1. Murphy's Law is part of reality, just like gravity. And just like gravity, you can't get rid of it, but you can account for it.

    That's how they fly airplanes, and that's how you can deal with life.

    2. This, too, shall pass.

    Happy stuff. Sad stuff. Good stuff. Bad stuff. Basic Buddhism: everything changes.

    3. It's not what happens to you but what you think about what happens to you that determines your experience.

    4. Live now, because when else?

    Even planning for the future is an activity to do now. Just like #3, this is about mindset. When you're living in the past or the future, you just don't notice what's right in front of you. Notice.

    5. Figure out your values, and base your life on them instead of goals.

    "Values" simply means "what's important to you."

    6. BONUS: Use all the tools available to you, but remember the one unique contribution you make to the world is YOU.

    This is about ChatGPT and similar things, including spell check and Google and all the other tools we have available to us. ChatGPT and its cousins are great research assistants. But everybody else has access to the same tools. Just like all the hammers at Home Depot are alike, but yield different results in the hands of different craftspeople, so are the digital tools available to use. Use them, stay true to yourself, and you will never have to worry about them replacing you—unless you are content to be a commodity. Only I can produce a list of MY rules, but all those other tools (which I happen to have not used, but it would have been OK if I had) can help me shape and polish my expression. (I did use Wordtune to beef up a couple of verbs. But I liked my own expression better than its rewrites.)

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