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Scott's Rules

by Scott L. Melnick

  1. It doesn’t cost anything to apologize.
  2. Let it go. Once an argument is done, don’t dwell on it and don’t keep revisiting it.
  3. It’s better to accomplish something than to show everyone you’re right.
  4. Most of the effort is to go from 95% complete to 100%. Always consider whether 95% is good enough.
  5. You can never have pizza too often.
  6. Always consider you might be wrong.
  7. Even when you already know the answer, let everyone have their say.
  8. Everything goes better with a smile.
  9. Saying “please” and “thank you” are very inexpensive but greatly appreciated gifts.
  10. If you “borrow” someone’s good idea, give credit. You’ll look more confident for doing so.
  11. Never assume you’re the smartest person in the room.
  12. Life isn’t fair; it’s just what it is.
  13. When you get angry, stop and consider whether whatever made you angry will really matter in five years.
  14. Don’t be afraid to look foolish.
  15. Don’t always be worrying about money; you can always make more.
  16. Stop complaining. Either do something about it or stop talking about it.
  17. Use adverbs correctly.
  18. Use common sense.
  19. Being drunk isn’t an excuse.
  20. Taking calculated risks is part of growing up.
  21. Walk in a straight line. If you want to meander, go to a park.
  22. Put things back where you found them.
  23. Don’t cut in a line...especially when you’re driving and cars are queued up.
  24. Where you’ve been isn’t as important as where you’re going...but where you’ve been is usually a guide for where you’re going.
  25. It’s up to you to choose to be happy.
  26. The greatest book ever written is “L is for Aphrodite.”
  27. Give someone a hug. You’ll both feel better.
  28. Everyone does stupid things every once in a while. The trick is not to do them too often.
  29. Forgetting who did what to who is the key to happiness.
  30. Young people are just as foolishly stubborn as old people.
  31. Sometimes it’s better just to walk away.
  32. Write short emails. One idea per email (people have short attention spans.)
  33. There’s a difference between Culver’s and Dairy Queen.
  34. Dessert is always a good idea.
  35. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  36. There are always unintended consequences.
  37. Coaches coach during practices; players play during the games.
  38. It’s not just what is said that’s important, it’s also what is left out.
  39. Dying is easy; living is hard.
  40. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  41. Sometimes you get what you want. Sometimes you get what you need. And sometimes, you get what you get. (Deckard’s Addendum)