The 50 New Rules of Work

By Robin Sharma
Author of the #1 bestseller The Leader Who Had No Title

50 powerful rules to amp up your game

The global economy is in a state of acute disruption. Competition has never been more fierce. Consumers have never been so well-informed and loudly demanding. And what worked yesterday just might be obsolete today.

But this time is also a great time, for the astonishing few who are ready to show leadership. Leaders are at their absolute best during messy cycles versus during the easy ones. And messy cycles bring with them gorgeous opportunities.

As I sit quietly on this airplane at 40,000 feet, away from the rallying cries of a wired world filled with endless interruptions, I’ve distilled what I’ve been sharing in my presentations to clients across the planet over the past months, from Kuwait and Dubai to Paris, London and Dusseldorf.

Here are 50 powerful rules to amp up your game so this business cycle is one of your best business cycles yet.

The 50 New Rules of Work

  1. You are not just paid to work. You are paid to be uncomfortable – and to pursue projects that scare you.
  2. Take care of your relationships and the money will take care of itself.
  3. Lead you first. You can’t help others reach for their highest potential until you’re in the process of reaching for yours.
  4. To double your income, triple your rate of learning.
  5. While victims condemn change, leaders grow inspired by change.
  6. Small daily improvements over time create stunning results.
  7. Surround yourself with people courageous enough to speak truthfully about what’s best for your organization and the customers you serve.
  8. Don’t fall in love with your press releases.
  9. Every moment in front of a customer is a moment of truth (to either show you live by the values you profess – or you don’t).
  10. Copying what your competition is doing just leads to being second best.
  11. Become obsessed with the user experience such that every touchpoint of doing business with you leaves people speechless. No, breathless.
  12. If you’re in business, you’re in show business. The moment you get to work, you’re on stage. Give us the performance of your life.
  13. Be a Master of Your Craft. And practice + practice + practice.
  14. Get fit like Madonna.
  15. Read magazines you don’t usually read. Talk to people who you don’t usually speak to. Go to places you don’t commonly visit. Disrupt your thinking so it stays fresh + hungry + brilliant.
  16. Remember that what makes a great business – in part – are the seemingly insignificant details. Obsess over them.
  17. Good enough just isn’t good enough.
  18. Brilliant things happen when you go the extra mile for every single customer.
  19. An addiction to distraction is the death of creative production. Enough said.
  20. If you’re not failing regularly, you’re definitely not making much progress.
  21. Lift your teammates up versus tear your teammates down. Anyone can be a critic. What takes guts is to see the best in people.
  22. Remember that a critic is a dreamer gone scared.
  23. Leadership’s no longer about position. Now, it’s about passion. And having an impact through the genius-level work that you do.
  24. The bigger the dream, the more important the team.
  25. If you’re not thinking for yourself, you’re following – not leading.
  26. Work hard. But build an exceptional family life. What’s the point of reaching the mountaintop but getting there alone.
  27. The job of the leader is to develop more leaders.
  28. The antidote to deep change is daily learning. Investing in your professional and personal development is the smartest investment you can make. Period.
  29. Smile. It makes a difference.
  30. Say “please” and “thank you”. It makes a difference.
  31. Shift from doing mindless toil to doing valuable work.
  32. Remember that a job is only just a job if all you see it as is a job.
  33. Don’t do your best work for the applause it generates but for the personal pride it delivers.
  34. The only standard worth reaching for is BIW (Best in World).
  35. In the new world of business, everyone works in Human Resources.
  36. In the new world of business, everyone’s part of the leadership team.
  37. Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well.
  38. You become your excuses.
  39. You’ll get your game-changing ideas away from the office versus in the middle of work. Make time for solitude. Creativity needs the space to present itself.
  40. The people who gossip about others when they are not around are the people who will gossip about you when you’re not around.
  41. It could take you 30 years to build a great reputation and 30 seconds of bad judgment to lose it.
  42. The client is always watching.
  43. The way you do one thing defines the way you’ll do everything. Every act matters.
  44. To be radically optimistic isn’t soft. It’s hard. Crankiness is easy.
  45. People want to be inspired to pursue a vision. It’s your job to give it to them.
  46. Every visionary was initially called crazy.
  47. The purpose of work is to help people. The other rewards are inevitable by-products of this singular focus.
  48. Remember that the things that get scheduled are the things that get done.
  49. Keep promises and be impeccable with your word. People buy more than just your products and services. They invest in your credibility.
  50. Lead Without a Title.

I encourage you to share + discuss + debate these with your team and throughout your organization. Within a quick period of time, you’ll see some fantastic results.

Keep Leading Without A Title.

Robin Sharma is the author of the #1 international bestseller The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable About Success in Business and in Life, a book that is causing transformation in many of the best businesses in the world.

Robin’s leadership blog is one of the most popular business blogs on The Internet: http://www.robinsharma.com/blog

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181 Responses to “The 50 New Rules of Work”

  1. wuppi says:

    Thnks for the gr8 talks.
    wt if sm self-centred people take to stnding behind your back for all their actions (acheiving personal success).
    robin said it u see………..

  2. mawkish says:

    Not too bad.

  3. Aditya Newaskar says:

    Awsome….. its truly inspiring …

  4. Dr.Dinkar Raval says:

    Its great..We are gonna having one special session on it in next Monthly Meeting of medical officers of our District.

  5. s p verma says:

    An Excellent work//// congrats sir…
    regards
    s p verma
    IINDIA

  6. Naresh says:

    it is very good to encourage

  7. Renu Rawat says:

    Hi Roin,

    I am big time fan of your work !! Amazing books full of life and energy. i look forward to have a huge collection of ur books. :) Please do let me know the latest one that you have written.

    Thanks & REgards
    Renu Rawat

  8. binu says:

    Thanks for this invaluable list of “musts” for a better professional life (pls note, i did not say “successful life” as i believe better surpasses success. both being relative.)

  9. Brilliant list of new business rules, Robin, very timely. I republished the article with the links to your website and the book. Keep leading the businesses and improving the world! Thanks for that.

  10. KDSINGH says:

    HI,
    MY SELF KDSINGH
    IT IS VERY GOOD TO ENCOURAGE.

    CORDIAL REGARDS,
    KDSINGH
    MOTHER DAIRY
    BANGALORE

  11. Jagan says:

    Great lines of wisdom
    very insightful and thought provoking

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  13. shri says:

    ur very impressive …even this blog of urs is stunning…!! keep serving us ..!!

  14. charu says:

    hii robin,
    u’ve always been an inspiring writer for me.. but this one was awesome .
    I MUST SAY WORTH READING!!
    KEEP DOING GOOD WORK, KEEP INSPIRING US TOWARDS OUR DESTINATION :)

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  16. muthusamy says:

    ur words r very impressive

  17. Srikanth S says:

    Awesome piece of information!! We can use it change our financial future for better

  18. Payal Shah says:

    loved it !! Thank you !!

  19. lakshmi.b says:

    very impressive each sentence . thnk u

  20. SHANKER says:

    very impressive each sentence . thnk u

  21. NARASIMHA says:

    Awesome piece of information!! We can use it change our financial future for better

  22. RADHIKA says:

    oved it !! Thank you !!

  23. Deepak Singh says:

    Going to start reading but believe that it will also helpful, interesting and much more +ve thing as pervious one were …..

  24. sameeksha negi says:

    Hello sir,
    i am sameeksha negi .i am the student of btech 1st year. i am very big fan of you…..sir what you write in your books that is so inspiring.i love to read your books.i have good collections of your books.awesome informations you provide to us…….becoz you think like youngers……you are so inspiring for me …..thanks….

  25. priyanka says:

    Fantastic….gorgeous lines rather directions…..will give me reasons to lead with out a title….

  26. gopi krishna says:

    Its awesome rules.. Thank u…

  27. sandeep nale says:

    sir your thoghts are splendid these give a new way to life

  28. ramdowar says:

    my first trial with success wake up at 4 or 5 am.i am able to do it.very helpfull to begin your day.

  29. Prayag Jangam says:

    Prayag Jangam says:
    Life is a journey and Robin sharma says this journey will beautiful and successful with your Attitude and Thinking Power.

  30. Magdalena says:

    Thanks Robin for the wonderful and inspirational rules. I just sent them to almost two-thirds of the staff in my organization. I have all the reasons to believe that, at least half of them will grab and follow three quarters of the rules! Please remain blessed. Magdalene

  31. Roshan says:

    Thanks much Robin. These are the must to follow rules if we want to build a great organization. I will share these to all of my colleagues and ask them to cascade to their known contacts.

  32. Quresh says:

    amazing lines sir! i have been greatly inspired by it in my difficult times…..thank you and please keep sending such inspiring thoughts.

  33. Rizqah says:

    Wow! Awesome. So true – at work we all should be BIW (best in world)

  34. Vinay Bhat says:

    Thanks Robin,In my life I have read your books only

  35. Dilip says:

    Sir,
    I start my day, listening to your podcasts, daily.
    Your words are a source of inspiration to millions of people, worldwide.
    Thanks for the great work, you are doing.

    Dilip

  36. balisco says:

    thanks for share!real it touching.

  37. Rakesh Raghuveer says:

    Class Act………..
    It is very simple by very effective……… the Gen Y should definitely imbibe atleast 25 of these……… the work place will become a solid LAB.

  38. Johan says:

    Hi
    Thank you for this brilliant article. It is really informative, and also refreshes memory on past learning experiences.

  39. Harish says:

    Wonderful article! truly inspirational..
    Thanks robin!

  40. NIEVES says:

    GRACIAS POR ALUMBRAR EL SENDERO DE LOS QUE CAMINAMOS DETRAS TUYO….
    GRACIAS ROBIN.

  41. Mohammad says:

    very inspiring and thoughtful

  42. Rama Krishna N says:

    Thank you so much for letting me know how and why things works for me, because of ME.

  43. Anil Valecha says:

    Hi Robin,
    I feel so overwhelmed when i receive your newsletters. Your words and teachings truly inspire. In fact, there are people who read and turn the page, and there are people who put what they read into practice. its but obvious, that if we do not try, we may never know how much potential we have.
    You are God’s gift to people like us. continue to be like this. Thanks
    Anil

  44. shilpa goyal says:

    thanks robin. u r the most inspirational person for me.i need your help my father passed away on this Feb and me and my family r trying to Handel the buissness. but i want to do something bigger in it.i thought i should learn Chinese and go to china to get knowledge about the suppliers as most of our products are exported from their and our dealers are not helping us .but i don’t know weather i m right or not please suggest me something.

  45. Arun S Nair says:

    Very inspiring…………very true…….Love Robin

  46. brinda says:

    Hi Robin,
    thanks.

  47. nibedita says:

    Hi! sir! you have always been a great source of inspiration to me.
    Thanks.

  48. S. Yogashanmuga says:

    Hi Sir,

    Your words Improving my Life.
    Thanks
    shan

  49. shaik fareeth says:

    Great quotes Sir , Thanks a ton !!!!!!!!!

    Regards
    Shaik

  50. hanan says:

    Great lines! So many people hate their current jobs! If only they saw it as an opportunity to contribute something to the world rather than a burden! Anyways, very inspiring article! Keep up the good work!

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