10+ Men and Women Share the Rule They Always Follow in Life No Matter What


Do you have a motto that you live by and try to never break? A rule that sums up what you strive for in life day in and day out?

These AskReddit users sure do, and they shared them for all of us to see.

What’s yours?

1. That’s a good one

“When you get what you want in your struggle for self And the world makes you king for a day Just go to the mirror and look at yourself And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife Whose judgment upon you must pass The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life Is the one staring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest For he’s with you, clear to the end And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years And get pats on the back as you pass But your final reward will be heartache and tears If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

-Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.”

2. Good advice

“Rule number one : Don’t Panic

My dad has drilled this into my head since I was old enough to understand him and so far it’s worked out.”

3. Stay calm

“One time I was scuba diving in low visibility water so I couldn’t see my partner very well, so I tried to catch up with him but my rebreather hose got caught on a rock and made the rebreather start free flowing (when there’s nothing stopping the air in the tank from escaping) me knowing I had roughly 30 seconds left of air before I ran out, and a resurface would be dangerous because of the high pressure change I, instead of panicking, took a deep breath and took a few seconds to get calm, and I fixed the free flow by hitting on a rock, while it was upside down.

I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t stay calm but I think about it everyday.”

4. Treat everyone the same

“Thank those doing what are considered menial jobs.

That dude cleaning the gym locker room has gainful employment and makes my life nicer and cleaner. It absolutely amounts to nothing for me to give thanks and it will hopefully provide someone in a thankless job thanks.

And I have had to clean toilets at a job in my past. This isn’t benevolence, this is recognizing another human.”

5. Rules of the road

“I will always use my turn signal.

If I’m totally alone on an empty street at 2am, going from being parked on the side of the road to wanting to merge into the street, I’ll still use it.”

6. General rule

“Make all the judgements you want. Just be ready to seriously rethink them as soon as new information is presented to you.

‘Never bend the facts to fit the judgement, change the judgement to fit the facts’ is my general rule.”

7. Words to live by

“If your wife says she doesn’t need a snack and you’re at the store buy her a snack or she will want yours.”


“The only person you have to live with forever is you. Make sure you can live with you and your decisions.”

9. I love this

“Never litter. I don’t care if no one is around, trash and recyclables go in their place, not in public space or on the ground.”

10. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

“Always respect someone until they give you a reason not to.”

11. No pity

“Don’t be pity friends with someone. Then they’ll expect a relationship and hate you for being kind.”

12. Always pick up

“When grandma calls, I answer the phone. I don’t care where I am, who I’m with, or what time it is. If for some unholy reason I CANNOT answer (which doesn’t happen very often) I’ll either answer anyways and quickly say “Can I call you back” (if she says no then I’ll drop whatever I’m doing. But grandma would never say no if it wasn’t actually 400% important) or I will send her to voicemail, read it once it shows up, and then call her back the very second I can.”

13. Safety first

“Never walk with both hands in your pockets.

I bashed my face in on some concrete stairs back in college because my hands were in my pockets when I tripped and I couldn’t catch myself. Now I wear gloves when it’s cold and keep my hands out of my coat pockets.”

14. It works…usually

“Kill them with kindness. People who sh*t talk the nice guy are considered *ssholes. In reality, I’m probably the biggest *sshole in any room I enter. I just choose to be nice because it’s the most advantageous( and because it feels good sometimes).”

15. I definitely follow this one

“Never trust other cars to stop at a red light. I’ve seen way too many accidents where the light turns green and the car in front pulls out only to be T-boned by someone running a red.

An extra second to look can literally save your life.”