Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something. Thomas A. Edison
I’ve found the most successful and exciting environments to work, study or play in are those with “no rules”. Environments that are open and flexible and not strictly controlled with things you can’t do. It’s exciting to be in these situations, inspiring, sometimes a bit scary, but always memorable.
Rosa Say has a brilliant read for all managers about how the use (or abuse) of rules often limits our creativity and enthusiasm. What are the Rules? Hopefully, none.
- “No rules” requires clear objectives and goals.
- “No rules” requires planning.
- “No rules” requires discipline and commitment.
- “No rules” demands responsibility for actions and outcomes.
- “No rules” is about inventing process. Creating and forming the process required, or desired, in order to get the job done and reach the objective.
- “No rules” is about allowing creativity and innovation into every decision that brings us closer to our objectives.
- “No rules” is about questioning the status quo in order to explore new and different solutions and methods.
- “No rules” is about accepting and integrating new ideas.
- “No rules” is about tolerance and examination of new concepts.
- “No rules” is about getting excited and energized by every life or work experience.
If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you’ll be amazed at the results. George S. Patton
It is good to obey all the rules when you’re young, so you’ll have the strength to break them when you’re old. Mark Twain