Eight Smart Rules for the Game of Life

(1) Play by the rules you know.

By the time you begin to see life as a game, you have already learned some basic rules: good manners, respect, hard work, fairness, and other foundational rules of conduct. Play by these rules while you figure out the more complicated ones, established by specific industries and professions.

If you were not fortunate to learn these basic rules for the game of life, be smart and get to know them as fast as you can.

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I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.

— Walter Cronkite

(2) Create your own style.

Listen to advice from experienced folk, but set your own goals and take responsibility for the way you play. Adapt the moves you learn to your own form. Your combination of potential, posture and strength are not identical to anyone else’s. You cannot imitate anyone effectively. Besides, to be an authentic player, you must have a distinctive style.

(3) Learn more than one position.

You may be exceptional in a particular skill, but don’t make the decision that you must be placed in a position to use it, or else . . . Take the risk to attempt something new. Divine Omniscience sees the big picture and may not reveal to you why it is important for you to tackle life from a different perspective. The experience can make you aware of potentials which are hidden inside you.

(4) Pick Your Own Team (if necessary)

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Cooperation and team spirit are among the rules you will be taught; and it is smart to cooperate as best you can, for as long as you can. However, you may discover that you are on a team which tolerates cheating or other immoral acts. Don’t start a mutiny. Try to find a team where you can work with a clear conscience.

Picking your own team does not mean that you have to be the leader. It means that you choose the people with whom you want to associate and invest your time and energies; not because you are in perfect agreement with the way they do everything, but because they are principled and they respect you even when you do something differently.

(5) Celebrate every victory.

Whether the successful play was made by you or someone else, take time to celebrate it. Your enjoyment of the game is your responsibility; and celebration is one sure way to promote joy. By the way, celebration is not necessarily an all-night party; it could be just sharing the news.

Celebrating your success feeds your self-confidence; if you did it once, you can do it again. It shines a light on your future; you live in anticipation of the next successful play.

Celebrating someone else’s success increases your capability to enjoy life. When your play did not go as planned, instead of drowning in your sorrows, share the other person’s joy.

(6) Embrace every defeat.

If there is any single factor that makes for success in living, it is the ability to draw dividends from defeat. William Marston.

Nobody wins every time. Take time to grieve your loss; just do not give it more attention than it deserves. Watch the replay, if only in your mind. Figure out your blunders and come up with smart ideas on how to improve.

Eddie Hart, American Olympian (1972) once said that before you could be a good winner, you have to know how to lose. This truth could not be more valid than in the game of life.

(7) Let injuries heal.

The harder you play, the more likely you are to get injured. Don’t try to hide your injuries; you could prevent them from healing. Miguel Cabrera, the 2013 Hank Aaron Award baseball winner, tried to hide his core muscle injury and lost speed and power in his game. Eventually, he had surgery with a prognosis of six to eight weeks recovery time.

No matter how good you are at the game, you’re still human. At the end of the day, you come home to your own sadness or madness caused by physical, emotional or spiritual aches and pains. You can become weak and ineffective if you keep piling injury upon injury without taking time out to heal.

Whenever you get injured in the game of life, do the smart thing. Take a time out, heal, refresh, reset and return strong.

~~ Concerning the Rules ~~

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  • Some of these 8 rules are on my list.
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(8) Be your own referee.

There are many self-appointed officials in the game of life. They stand on the sidelines and count your misses and fouls, eventually counting you out of the game. They do not have the right.

You cannot stop them from counting, but you can make the decision to repeat your efforts as many times as you want or until the Divine Referee takes you out of the game.

As long as you have the breath of life, keep playing in the game of life. Angels in heaven and on earth are rooting for you!

© 2013 Dora Isaac Weithers

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

MsDora I love these rules..:) voted awesome as per usual


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Awesome. I especially like your Rule #4. Who you surround yourself with is so important.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Eight Smart Rules for the Game of Life involves every aspect that one should apply by themselves in order to succeed great hub and well noted.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, thank you for reading, commenting and voting. I always appreciate you.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

FlourishAnyway, that rule is important to me, too. You can hardly enjoy the game if you're unhappy with the people you play with.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

DDE, thanks for your kind comment. My readers are free to add their own rules if they already have rules which work for them.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love "create your own style" and I would add "do all things with love." Great list, Dora.....have a wonderful day my friend.


Rayne123 3 years ago

Hi MsDora

Great hub, your hubs are always well written.

Wise and inspirational words

Blessings

Laurie


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, thank you for your input. Love certainly has to be an underlying factor among successful players.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Laurie, you are very kind. Thank you.


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lambservant 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

these are wonderful. I love in particular #'s 6,7, and 8. Great topic Ms Dora.


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SatendraSaini 3 years ago from India

very inspired hub


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RonElFran 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

Some great advice, MsDora. If more people would buy into even just your first rule, "Play by the rules you know," it would cause a great improvement in the way we relate to one another.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Lambservant, glad you found some rules you like. Thank you for your kind comment.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Satendra, welcome to HubPages and thank you reading and commenting on my article.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Ron. The success of the game is influenced by our ability to play fair with other people. We learned that every early in life.


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Mahir Maric 3 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Awesome hub with awesome tips, I really mean it. I could just say one quote of Paulo Coelho."The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.". Thank you MsDora


sheilamyers 3 years ago

These are some great rules for life. I love how you compare life to a game and show the way the two things match up.


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denise.w.anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

These rules are great! We all have to realize that life is indeed worth living, and that what we tell ourselves makes all the difference in how we play. Life is indeed a challenge, but if we make the choice to live it fully, we will be able to find peace and happiness.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Well I loved them all and think they are all very important. ^


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jpcmc 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Learn more than one position. Not really what I hoped to read, but after reading, it makes sense. We wear different hats and experiences come in many forms. This is quite a refreshing way to renew our lives. Great rules. Thumbs up my friend.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Mahir, thank you for your contribution. Your additional comment is very appropriate. Hope my readers read it.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you Sheila. You almost make me feel smart. I appreciate you.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, a very good summary on the article. Thank you very much.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jackie, thank you for your affirmation. Glad you find them important; remember you can add your own.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

JPCMC, your first sentence made me smile. One of the perks of interacting with other players is the opportunity to discover new perspectives. Thank you for sharing.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Useful information & good manual for everyone to follow. I voted some of these rules are on my 8 list. thank you


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Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

This one is readable and short enough to hold interest.

Swami Paramahansa Yogananda once advised, "Too many rules kill the spirit."

Another "rule" I try to use is KISS (Keep it simple, stupid.)

In other words, don't worry about the past; it's over. Don't worry about the future; today is yesterday's future. Live in the present.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this nice hub.


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hello MsDora.

Accommodating lesson, requires willingness to apply. You always come with wisdom of experience . Blessed are "we " teachable.

Voted up useful and interesting .

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day and beyond .


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

LoveDoctor, thank you for letting me know that we have some of the same rules. We must have a smilar style of play.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

This is such awesome perspective, and it always seems like you are reading my mind! LOL I found this so fitting to my own situation, "Take time to grieve your loss; just do not give it more attention than it deserves." Sometimes I get stuck on that. It's hard for me to get over something when I feel I have been wronged. But I keep remembering, there are so many positives that are better dwelt on. Thank you so much for always giving us so much encouragement.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Marie, glad the rules are just the right number, and thanks for your input with KISS. Interesting!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Michael, thank you for your wise kind words always. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family also.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Crafty, happy that Icould offer the reminder we all need from time to time. Thank you for your kind comment.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

These are great rules to live by, but I like number eight the best!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

EP, thank you for your feedback. I've met some seniors who have stopped playing because somebody thinks they should. I say, pick another team and keep playing.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Those are certainly eight smart rules to live by indeed! Thank you for sharing in your wisdom.

Up and more and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Faith, for your kind comment and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


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Harishprasad 3 years ago from India

MsDora, this is a master piece on how to sail your life boat skillfully and peacefully. I have read a lot of stuff on this subject but the style and the simple ways in simple words of this unique hub are a class apart and very rare. This jewel must be witnessed by every curious student of life. I really enjoyed reading the stuff and also felt an unprecedented happiness in my heart and soul. Thank you very much.


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Harishprasad 3 years ago from India

MsDora, this is a masterpiece on how to sail your lifeboat skillfully and peacefully. I have read a lot of stuff on this subject but the style and the simple ways in simple words of this unique hub are a class apart and very rare. This jewel must be witnessed by every curious student of life. I really enjoyed reading the stuff and also felt an unprecedented happiness in my heart and soul. Thank you very much.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Excellent rules, well-explained, MsDora.

I am glad I have found the HubPages team :)


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torrilynn 3 years ago

thanks for this article. nice read indeed. voted up.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Harish, thank you for your very kind comment. I look forward to more interaction with you.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Martie, thank you for your kind support. The HubPages team has been great for me too.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Torrilynn, thank you for dropping by. I appreciate you.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

You're welcome !


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mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

That's a well thought out list of rules. I have a couple of them but I have some others too.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Mylinda, thank you for reading and commenting. I'm sure your rules are interesting too. Where would be without our proven guidelines?


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

A fascinating Hub you've written MsDora; very encouraging. Never really considered life in the context of rules before. The values you've stated are certainly valuable, though I sincerely believe love should be the only guiding principle of life, towards God and fellow man, for without it, life doesn't seem to mean anything.

I agree with Rudyard Kipling:-

" ...If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same... " ( excerpt from " IF " ).

The questions:-

" Who are you? Whom do you serve?", and, " Where are you going? " surely help to tailor those aforementioned values required in order to reach one's ultimate goal.

Thank you, and sending best wishes to you for a lovely weekend.

R.Q.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Romeos, I appreciate your input. I agree that love for God and man should be the foundational principle for all other rules. Rules, principles

by any other name may suit people like me who like to list things; but the best deal is having them in your heart. Thank you for prompting me to clarify that.


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

Please excuse the delayed reply to you MsDora. Your article is stellar and indeed, to hold those lofty principles written within one's heart is an everyday challenge,

I'm sure. If fact, you've just inspired me to scribe this:-

" The Will of Love becometh the furnace forge by which all other wrought values are smithed and honed."

R.Q.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Beautiful! It is a statement of truth in a style which you can express more lofty than most. It is a pleasure to know you.


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

The pleasure is all mine MsDora, and thank you once again for a terrific Hub article.

Best Wishes,

R.Q.


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ignugent17 2 years ago

Wonderful. It is really enriching. This is really very useful because sometimes you don't know what is the next move but if you learn how to play it then it becomes fun. :-)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

I like that, Ignugent. It's really no fun playing a game you don't know how to play. Learning the rules, helps. Thank you.


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mathira 2 years ago from chennai

MsDora, you are right when you say that we should celebrate our success. It does instill a great sense of confidence. Life is indeed a game and those who know the nuances of it always wins. Thank you for an excellent hub.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Mathi, thank you for your kind comment. I appreciate you.

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