In a recent ‘profile’ form I was filling out, it asked for â€œthings I like:â€ and I wrote (among other things) â€œfollowing the rulesâ€.Â But the next statement asked for â€œthings I donâ€™t like:â€ and I wrote â€œfollowing the rulesâ€.
(just to note…other things I donâ€™t like: inefficiency, getting sun burned, and standing in lines)
Those statements above might seem contradictory and, quite frankly, hypocritical, but in the words of comedian Kevin Hartâ€¦let me explain.
Rule are Good
Would you believe me if I said that, in some circumstances, my nickname was â€œrulesâ€?
Traffic rules â€“ great! (yeah, my nickname is often â€œgrandpaâ€ when driving)
School rules â€“ I just never thought about Not following those.Â Consider me boring.
Tax rules â€“ take â€˜em or leave â€˜emâ€¦but if we didnâ€™t have them, things would fall apart.
Usually any rule that if you break it results in going to prison (thereâ€™s probably a good reason for that ruleâ€¦whichever one it is).
Rules that exist for safety â€“ yeah, I was a lifeguard back in the dayâ€¦
Not an exhaustive list, but you get the idea.Â These types of rules keep a certain â€˜orderâ€™ that is important to society.
Rules are Meant to be Broken
These are the most fun kind!
Rules of order â€“ in order to get to C, you must do A and B first.Â But what if I find a more efficient way to get to C, which makes it easier for myself and those who follow more productive?
Rules of logic â€“ weâ€™ve always done it this way! Â Not only is that an illogical reasoningâ€¦but when I hear it, I automatically want to try a new way of doing it and see what happens.Â Like an experiment!
Rules of norms â€“ well, this is what everyone does, so you should too.Â Call me old fashioned, but life is more exciting, fun, and fulfilling when you Donâ€™t always follow the social norms.
Rules of time â€“ you gotta stick around for 10 yearsâ€¦then weâ€™ll get you that 10 year pin. The only things I want to hang around in the business for years to come are the new creations I made and the impactful solutions I employed.Â Seeing people utilize things I worked on years laterâ€¦thatâ€™s awesome.Â But I will be happy to see from afar (Hawaii?).
Think of some of the most successful peopleâ€¦at some point, they decided not to follow the â€˜rulesâ€™ and be differentâ€¦do something different.Â That is what spurs innovation.Â That is what creates disruption (yesâ€¦I knowâ€¦that word is overused).
So what are you waiting for?Â Go break some rules!