12 Rules For Life — the playlist!

1. “Stand up straight with your shoulders back”

Upright by Sweeping Promises

2. “Treat yourself like you are someone you are responsible for helping”

Self-Help Tape by Moses Sumney

3. “Make friends with people who want the best for you”

Old Friends by Pinegrove

4. “Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today”

Judgement by The Four Owls

5. “Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them”

Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

6. “Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world”

Don’t Criticize Me by Gaye Adegbalola

7. “Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)”

Prioritise-moi by Pomplamoose

8. “Tell the truth — or, at least, don’t lie”

Tell The Truth by Derek & The Dominos

9. “Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t”

Naive by The Kooks

10. “Be precise in your speech”

Precisely Why I Stand Here Tonight by Stranger Lazy

11. “Do not bother children when they are skate-boarding”

Skateboarding by Xinobi

12. “Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street”

Sparrow (Live) by Simon & Garfunkel


I’ll be creating another for the follow-up book “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules For Life” once I’ve read it to fully understand the message behind each Rule name / chapter title. I’ve found this exercise of trying to “sum up” JBP’s Rules using 2–3 minute songs, has been challenging in many ways most notably the fact it forces you to verify your understanding of what the chapter/Rule is truly saying. It’s not enough to go for a song of simply the correct title or the most similar vague sentiment. And not good enough to select just one or two “scenes” from each chapter: as you can see, no songs mentioning lobsters (which, frustratingly, seems to be how every reviewer reads Rule One).



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Oli Steadman

Oli Steadman

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