Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 


Do you truly tell others that all your successes are thanks to certain rules?

Don't tell me. You rules are golden.

They're things you always followed rigidly from the moment you took your first job.

No, wait. From the moment you learned to walk and read and go to the toilet on your own.

No, wait.

You became an incredible success and then you sat down and thought: "Why is it that I've become this great success? People need to know or they'll never be successes themselves. I need to write down the 10 Amazing Steps To Become A Great Success Like Me."

There are people who make their living out of working out what the rules of the successful actually are.

They examine their utterances, put them together in a video and call them "Famous Person's Top 10 Rules of Success."

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has just enjoyed seeing Evan Carmichael's video entitled "J.K. Rowling's Top 10 Rules For Success."

I know this because she tweeted about it.

Here's what she tweeted: "God, I hate this stuff. I've winged it my whole life. I've messed up regularly. There are no rules. Do your thing."


You mean J.K. Rowling didn't have 10 Top Rules of Success that she kept noted down and referred to at every moment of her day?

You mean she didn't write her Top 10 Rules of Success first and then rode off into the sunrise to prove just what fine rules they were?

You mean that even after all her successes, all the millions of books sold, she didn't think to herself: "Were there 10 rules to my success or 11? It's so very hard to remember. And my agent desperately wants me to write them down, so that we can make more money"?

Why is it, then, that we need to follow rules, as opposed to live, breathe, live a little more, have inspirations and follow them in the hope that perhaps, maybe they will lead us to somewhere happy?

When an admirer told her on Twitter that she was inspiring in "hundreds of ways," Rowling replied: "Very happy to be an inspiring screw up, just don't want to be repackaged as a smug rulebook."

So there it is.

Don't follow smug, repackaged rulebooks.

Don't read everything about the 10 things that Warren Buffett and Jack Welch supposedly thought and did after they became successes.

Think about what makes people happy and what makes you happy.

And hope that, at some point, the twain shall meet. You might make some money that way.

After that, by all means publish a book called "Top 10 Rules To My Success," if that's what you really want.

But make sure you've got a really good ghostwriter.

You weren't really thinking about writing it yourself, were you?

Who does that?