4 Rules for Life

Eighty percent of success is showing up.  Woody Allen

Life Rules: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results.                              Angeles Arrien

Angeles Arrien is of Basque descent and a professor of anthropology, a teacher of the spiritual life, an author and a general wise woman.  Oh, yes, and she’s a fantastic (in every sense of the word) storyteller.  I got to know her and her work two decades ago when I was making the long journey from one way of life to another.  It was a timely encounter.

Angeles comes out with some of the most precise and pithy quotes of anyone I’ve ever heard, as if, ho hum, I’ve dropped another pearl (of wisdom).  When I heard her 4 Rules for Life, they resonated.

Show up: be there, be prepared, be on time.

Pay attention: sense what’s going on around you, get the information you need, be an involved listener.

Tell the Truth: leadership requires authenticity, we are called to be authentically who we are, express your truth to the best of your ability in the circumstances.

Don’t be attached to the results: that’s not in your control, while you might want a certain outcome, use what you get as the grist for the next phase of life.

Easy to say, hard to do.  I often get stuck on that pesky part about not being attached to the results, what about you?


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It's been the blessing of my life to receive the teaching and friendship of some extraordinary people. I want that wisdom to outlive me by sharing it with others. MentorBoom, is intended to do that and to help us all find ways to live more satisfying and fulfilling lives.
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3 Responses to 4 Rules for Life

  1. This is really timely, Robert. “Attachment is the root of all suffering” seems to be the theme I am working with lately. This post was very helpful.

  2. Pingback: Remembering a Sage: Angeles Arrien

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