Adrian’s Life Rules

Inspired by a certain character on a television series that has had a significant impact on my life, philosophy, and ethics, I started this list of life rules back in high school. This register has groan and evolved as I have—influences by thoughts, events, and people in my life. The first few were a jumble of wisdom but over time they have become a coherent list of rules and philosophies that I turn to when in doubt or to bestow guidance on others.

September 1, 2019—I begin the tour of sharing these. As of today, there are ninety-three. This living document is shared in the hope it will help in some small way your life as it has helped mine.


Adrian’s Life Rule #1: You can only rely on yourself 100% of the time.

#2: It is better to make friends than enemies.

#3: There’s nothing wrong with changing your mind.

#4: When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

#5: If you’re going to do it, do it excellently.

#6: Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.

#7: Allow yourself to feel comfortable with your discomfort.

#8: Gotta go with what works.

#9: Learn to see the value in something even if it isn’t valuable to yourself.

#10: The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.

#11: Don’t take anything for granted.

#12: All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

#13: Every story has two sides… at least.