Bob Parson’s rules or “They can’t eat you!”

Reading Bob Parsons rules of engagement you can’t help but feel the man has applied every single one of them and measures his progress while doing that! You can read his entire set here. We share a few rules in common:

His rule #1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.

Indeed. What is a comfort zone? I imagine my mother saying that’s where you go when you die! No, really, push yourself and get out of your comfort zone, that’s "when anything of great significance is going to happen". That’s where the learning happens and the strength is built.

His rule #2. Never give up.

That goes without saying.

His rule #5. Focus on what you want to have happen.

Absolutely. I would add don’t get distracted, remove obstacles and people who make that focus difficult.

His rule #7. Always be moving forward. Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new.

This rule you learn over time. Most people don’t believe that tiny daily improvements can make a difference, but they do. Every tiny daily improvement that you make gets you closer to the goal. Small steps, one at a time. Reminds me of running.

His rule #8. Be quick to decide. Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

Indecision kills. You have to keep moving. Decide, execute and measure which brings us to my favorite Bob Parsons rule:

His rule #9. Measure everything of significance.

This rule is one of my favourites actually. It is hard to measure things sometimes but anything I measured, kept an eye on improved over time. You get better at running when you measure your performance. You keep improving. Small improvements lead to big ones and breakthroughs and that’s the name of the game. To get there you need to start measuring.

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