10 Golden Rules to Live By

Golden Rules to Live By

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had some sort of instruction manual for life, a guide that tells you how you should live your life? Well, I’ve done my best to come up with something like that so here are..

10 Golden Rules to Live By

1 – Do unto others as you want others to do to you.

Maybe you believe in karma and maybe you don’t. It’s my experience that you reap what you sow or “what goes around comes around”. Treat others with kindness and respect to get the same in return, but treat others like garbage and then you can be pretty sure it’ll come back to you (although maybe only much later and not the same people you did it to).

2 – Treasure your body for it is the vessel that guides you through your life.

You may think that money or success is important, but nothing is as important as your own body. Without it you can’t live. Make it a habit to eat a healthy and natural diet, be sure to exercise regularly and above all get plenty of sleep. Also try to keep your life as stress-free as possible, stress makes you age faster and makes you old before your time.

3 – Be honest and always tell the truth

Honesty is the best policy and it will do you far more good then harm. Be honest in your relationships, with your business ethics and with your personal morals. Although honesty is usually the better option, there will be times when a white lie is necessary to prevent hurting people’s feelings.

4 – Success requires hard work, persistence and a little creativity.

The best advice I can give you if you want to be successful is to not hope for a quick fix but to be prepared for the long haul. Real success with anything usually takes months and even years to achieve. Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams, keep learning and never give up. Try to find yourself a mentor to speed the learning process up. Sooner or later you’ll achieve your goals.

5 – Make a difference to a least one other person’s life.

I believe that we’re all on this planet together. Life isn’t meant to be completely selfish, we’re here to give to and help each other. Right now there are countless people who could use a helping hand so why not give back a little? You don’t necessarily have to give money. You can give some of your time or experience to help someone else with something you’ve already overcome. Helping someone else is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

6 – Admit when you’re wrong and apologize.

Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes from time to time. It’s perfectly okay. Even if you screw up and waste money, or time or hurt people’s feelings. But only if you admit you were wrong and apologize. You’ll be amazed how understanding people are when you’re humble and modest enough to admit that you made a mistake.

7 – You can learn something from everyone.

Don’t think you’re too good at something to listen to someone else. Don’t think that you’re better than someone else. Just as you can learn something from the successful CEO or entrepreneur, you can learn something from a homeless person. Everyone has something that they’re good at, so don’t be too quick to dismiss someone as having no value.

8 – Don’t be scared, go through life as fearlessly as possible.

Fear is an emotion designed to keep us alive. In our primitive days it kept us aware of our surroundings, suspicious of harmful situations and weary of unknown territory. Fear also holds us back from following our dreams, telling people how we really feel about them, and it can force us to stay inside our comfort zone for way too long. Ask yourself, “Would you rather play it safe to not risk failure or would you rather risk failure to really live and do what your heart tells you that you should do?”.

9 – Smile and laugh every single day.

A simple smile from a stranger can light up your entire day. Laughing makes your worries disappear. Make it a habit to laugh and smile as much as you can, because life is just so much better when you do. Positivity is contagious, and you’ll find that people will like you a whole lot more if you’re always happy compared to being grouchy and cynical.

10 – Count your blessings and be thankful for all the good things in your life.

The past is history, the future is a mystery and right now is a gift, that’s why they call it the “present”. You have no idea what tomorrow will bring, so be thankful for every single moment that you’re alive. Be grateful for your family, friends, freedom. Be grateful for the food you eat, for the fact that you have a warm, dry place to sleep with a roof over your head. Soak up every single drop of life you can, because all you’ll ever have is this moment, right now.

  • http://twitter.com/JoTheYouthCoach Jo ;)

    Great post Diggy :)

  • Leslie Guiao

    Its really true…to have a good lifeh

  • http://twitter.com/CabinetDoork Jeremy Carver

    I like your 10, & I couldn’t agree more with all of them. My list is much simpler.
    My rules.
    Rule #1 Use good judgement.
    Rule #2 there will be no other rules.
    That however, assumes that in every situation I must understand what is good judgement.

  • Sujit_ram


    • http://www.upgradereality.com Diggy


  • http://twitter.com/motivationMY motivationMY.com

    Tq for this wonderful post. #10 is the Ultimate Golden Rule – just be grateful for the present moment – grateful for the good, bad and fabulously ugly!!

    • http://www.upgradereality.com Diggy

      You’re welcome! Thanks for the comment :)

  • http://www.josipbarbaric.com Personal Development

    I’ve always thought that that the Golden Rule was true, but it wasn’t until recently that I fully realized and KNEW that it was. I had some health issues and I wasn’t getting anywhere with any approach that I took. I recognized after a while that I noticed a lot of sick people around me. After reading a blog post on being compassionate and of value to others, I began making stories about other people on how their health is improving, I began to talk differently to them and I gave my best to convey only the best thoughts to them and see them in the best possible light.

    Not only did my relationship with people changed, but my health “miraculously” took a turn for the better and I am currently healthy and strong as an ox. The Golden Rule is a rule for a reason:-)

    All the best,

    Josip Barbaric

  • http://entirelysubjective.com Jonas

    Hi Diggy,

    thank you for this great list.
    I can add much to it, except maybe:

    Forgive yourself, accept the way you are with all your flaws. This is the best way to be happy in life, to get things done and to start from a strong base. Any doubt or misgiving you have towards yourself, destabilizes your whole life.


    • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

      Hi Jonas,
      You’re welcome man! Thanks for the comment.

      Yeah I agree with you about accepting yourself for who you are with your flaws and all, but that still means that you need to constantly try to improve yourself. Accepting your flaws is no excuse for bad or stupid behaviour. Other than that, I totally agree!

  • http://www.mindofallan.com/ Allan

    These are all good rules to live by. I can’t really single out any since they are all so well and fits well with the current lifestyle I try to live.

    But it’s always great to be reminded of these.

    • diggy

      Hi Allan,
      Thanks buddy!

      How are you doing, life good?

      • http://www.mindofallan.com Allan

        Life is good. Can’t really complain.

        Taking the necessary steps to improve different areas in my life. I know that if I keep going, success is inevitable :)

        Hope your doing well too?

        ps. I’m enjoying your articles on collegeflirt as well, keep it up!

        • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

          Hi Allan,
          Good to hear everything’s going ok:)
          I’m also doing good, working like crazy on niche sites to get them ranking and start making a respectable passive income. I’m starting to see results so hopefully I can write a post about what I’m busy with and reveal some things to my audience soon.

  • Binny

    hello Diggy

    this is the very first time when i m commenting on your article
    I really liked this one because in this you have actually summarised…the real…the REAL GOLDEN RULES TO LIVE BY……

    1 – Do unto others as you want others to do to you — I agree..afterall i believe in the karma..Lord Krishna mentioned about this in THE BHAGVAD GITA (holy book)

    2 – Treasure your body for it is the vessel that guides you through your life — I know..but i need to work a lot on this one…i really love cold drinks..i sleep after 72 hours or may be more than that..and this makes my eyes look really puffy…i don’t exercise or do yoga…..i hate my dark circles

    3 – Be honest and always tell the truth — its a bit difficult..but …yeah!!! i never lie to my boyfriend… :) i love him :)

    4 – Success requires hard work, persistence and a little creativity — This is something what i have learned from my father…he started his business with only Rs 180….and today he is a multi-millionaire….i m not a hard worker…but i know one thing that if i become even1% of my dad…i ll be successfull….i love my dad..he is my hero…my best friend and my worst critic

    5 – Make a difference to a least one other person’s life — my boyfriend says that i m really lucky for him and he feels happy..he feels love when he thinks about me………………….does this mean that i made a difference in his life????

    6 – Admit when you’re wrong and apologize — I never do that..i need to work a lot on this one

    7 – You can learn something from everyone — yeah!!!..over the years i have realised that from every person i get to learn something new…afterall each beginning is a new beginning to explore something hidden

    8 – Don’t be scared, go through life as fearlessly as possible — i don’t know why…but i feel really scary most of the times…for example if a call comes from an unknown number on my cell phone………………….if i want to buy something ..even if it is for 5 bucks..i ll think 100 times before buying it…….my friends don’t like this thing in me..rather my boyfriend also feels that i m a lil bit insecure

    9 – Smile and laugh every single day — with a lovely family and lovely friends like mine….i smile nd laugh every single day…rather every single moment..i m so lucky to have them…i m god’s special to be blessed with pure-hearted well wishers :)

    10 – Count your blessings and be thankful for all the good things in your life — Yeah!!! you r right but often i feel bad about my relatives..i feel that they are the most egoistic creatures on this planet…..but i m thankful and grateful for my family and friends but not for the relatives

    • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

      Hi Binny,
      Wow, thanks so much for leaving a comment. It certainly made a difference to my day knowing that you enjoyed the article I wrote! :)

      You sound like a good person with a good heart. Your boyfriend is a lucky guy, and yes you are making a difference to his life by being a part of it I am sure.

      As for being insecure or scared, we have all done that at some point. You just need to learn to trust the decisions you make. The best advice I can give is to listen to what your heart says. If your heart wants something, then it’ll be okay to do that because you will probably not regret it, even if it was a wrong decision. You’ll only regret the decisions based on greed, jealousy or anger that turn out wrong .

      It’s okay to make mistakes, you’ll learn from them. Just learn to trust your judgements and listen to your heart.

      Thanks again for leaving such a nice comment, it really made my day!
      Take care and hope to see other comments from you in future.


  • http://realmensecrets.com/ Real Men Secrets

    Loved this post, exactly how I live my life… too bad it took me about 5 years to learn what you just summarized into a single post!

    • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

      Yeah I try to live like this too, it also took me about 5 years to figure these 10 rules out, so hopefully others who read them will have some sort of headstart :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Andrew Cooke

    Great post.

    People lie and keep secrets as they already know they are in the wrong, if you are right to begin with then there will be no need to keep secrets or lie. I am as big of a culprit as any however recognizing and correcting the problem is the task I am taking on.


    • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

      Hi Andy,
      I think we’re all guilty of telling lies and hurting people we love at some point in our lives. I think that sometimes it’s only possible to understand why you shouldn’t do something after you’ve done it and seen the damage it’s caused.

      All we can do is take each day as it comes, and make the most of it. Try to be our best selves, and make that a continuous striving throughout life.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  • Ian Holt

    This is SO helpful thank you Diggy You are awesome. thats all i gotta say keep dooin what you do.

    • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

      You’re welcome Ian, thanks for the kind words! Happy to hear you’re enjoying the articles here at Upgradereality:)

  • http://www.onlinebusinessblogger.com Brian


    I had to chime in on #3 and #4…

    #3 Everyone lies… I can’t remember the exact statistic, but the average person tells something like 20 lies a day. And I believe with lying, it’s something that is a situational thing…

    If I’m trying to sell a company, there’s no way in Hell I’m going to be upfront about every last detail about the company I’m selling because there’s no way the owners of the company are going to be 100% honest with me about their company. I believe in business dealings you should always be truthful when asked a direct question, but for the most part businessmen are 1 step away from Congressmen and should be treated as such in any and all business dealings….

    With your bros… Bros before hoes all the way… For sure it’s great to embellish a little… But your boys will be around long before and after most chicks… So be up front and honest with them on pretty much everything…

    And straight up, the last person you EVER want to be honest with is a chick. If a girl ask “Does my ass look fat in these pants?” No matter if it does or not your answer should be “It couldn’t look any bigger…” or “Yes, it looks gargantuan…” That’s because she’s testing you. A rule of thumb to follow is, if a woman’s mouth is moving, she is testing you and you should always bust her balls when this happens. When a chick ask “How many girls have you slept with?” Your reply should be something to the effect of “More than 1…” or “Enough to know what I’m doing, don’t you agree?” If she presses the issue… “Why do you want to know about me with other chicks… wait… it’s because it turns you on… Look, if you want a threesome with me and one of your hot girlfriends, I’ll think about it… but just remember I’m not a piece of meat… I have emotions, feelings and shit like that, so I might need cuddling afterwards…”

    As far as white lies go… Fuck that… I think people pussy foot around others too much. If someone ask me something and the answer could hurt their feelings, I don’t hesitate… I look at it one of 2 ways… My answer will be either brutally honest or I’ll bust their balls. If it’s something serious, I figure it’s something they could learn from hearing the truth and I use the Golden Rule in this instance… I would want someone to be straight up with me even if the truth hurts… If it’s something I deem a question that deserves a smart ass answer, I’m on top of that smart ass answer… I’m not saying go out and intentionally hurt another person’s feelings, use tact, but for the most part… I don’t do the white lie thing…

    On #4… I’m going to disagree with 1 thing…. Success doesn’t require hard work… It requires smart work… The old adage “Work smarter, not harder…”

    Anyway… Gotta run…


    • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

      Hi Brian,
      How you doing man? Hope life is good!

      Yeah I agree with you, everyone lies. I do it too but really don’t like it, because the truth always ends up surfacing at some point. WHen you tell lies, you have to keep track of the lies. When you tell the truth you have little to worry about, since you can just recall things as they happened.

      Haha, yeah when it comes to girls you need serious strategy and tactics. Telling the truth can often lead to drama, but then again you don’t want to base a relationship on lies. It’s a fine line.

      As for success, I agree with you completely. Except it’s easier said than done. Usually it requires years of hard work before you have the experience and insight to work smarter. I’m pretty sure that in 1 or 2 or 3 years I’ll be making a lot of money from the internet marketing thing by doing “smart work”, but it will have taken me a couple of years before I understand how to work smart in this industry. Hope that makes sense, or maybe I’m not smart enough to work smart :P

      Just trying to make the point that you need to keep working and learning and not give up until you get to where you want to be. Work smart if you can, use proven methods, get a mentor, re-invest back into your business etc.

      Thanks for the great comment as always!
      Have an awesome day!

  • zahid

    i really like the most basic things which we have to follow.

    • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

      Thanks Zahid!

  • http://www.sntpromotions.com Tom TFL Longacre

    I really do not like you saying white lies are ok in number 3. When is a “white lie” ok? You contradict this in number 8, by the way.

    Otherwise, I really like this list and your views on things. I have read many of your posts, but this is my first comment. Thank you for giving me, at least, a daily dose of really good information.


    • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

      Hi Tom,
      Happy to hear you’re enjoying the articles here on upgradereality:)

      What I mean by “white lies” is for example when your girlfriend asks you if something makes her look fat and you say “no of course not baby, you look great” or something along those lines. It’s really an innocent little fib that can sometimes prevent a lot of drama or hurting people’s feelings. That’s all I meant.

      Thanks for saying Hi!

      • Mitja

        I know what you ment about white lies … Just wanted to say, this is a great example of a white lie … Great post by the way

        • Diggy – UpgradeReality.com

          Thanks Mitja :)