Rule Number Six. It works every time. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, how young you are, where you live, or how much money you have. If we all learn to apply Rule Number Six to all situations in our lives, we would all be happier, treat one another much better, and the world will be a better place. Want to know about Rule Number Six? Read on . . .
The most important lesson for leaders in any profession is to learn to apply Rule Number Six. So, just what IS this Rule Number Six? Here it is – enjoy, enjoy!
Two prime ministers were sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly an aide burst in, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The host prime minister quietly said, “Peter, kindly remember Rule Number Six.” Peter was instantly restored to complete calm, apologized for the interruption, and left the room. The prime ministers resumed their discussion. Several minutes later, another aide rushed in, shouting and stamping. Again the host prime minister quietly said, “Marie, please remember Rule Number Six.” Marie calmed down immediately, apologized, and left the room.
The visiting prime minister said “I’ve seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Tell me, what is this Rule Number Six?” The host prime minister said, “It’s really very simple. Rule Number Six is ‘Don’t take yourself so damned seriously.’” After a moment of pondering, the visiting prime minister inquired, “And what, may I ask, are the other rules?”
The host replied, “There aren’t any.”
Keep alive and well your ability to laugh. Laugh with – never at – others. Laugh loudest at yourself. Poke holes in pomposity. Keep smiling – people will wonder what you’re up to!