A young man contemplates one weekly decision—the subject of this email
May 2, 2023

Why Your Rules Can Save You

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It's obvious when you think about it.

Rules surround us. Amongst many, some define the speed we should drive, and the age we can marry and consume alcohol.

Rules save us from our stupidity.

Without rules, we would drive much faster. Speed would cause more accidents resulting in more injuries and deaths. We would marry our first love in pre-school. And on top of that, spend time watching our teenage children stare aimlessly at the bottom of the toilet, waiting to be sick.

Thankfully, we have rules.

I like to think of rules as a method to avoid stupidity.

It was Charlie Munger who said, “It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”

His point underpins the principle of rules. Rules don’t make us very intelligent, but they stop us from being stupid.

Society has rules to save us from making bad decisions.

But what about you? Do you have rules just for you to save you from making poor choices?

These are my life rules. Laws written by me—for me, embedded into my life to help me avoid making silly choices.

Here are 5 I live by.

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