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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (Sept. 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767902386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767902380
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.6 x 17.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you loved "The Rules for Being Human" attributed to "Anonymous" in the bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul, you're in luck. The author--corporate trainer Chérie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.--has stepped forward and written a follow-up book: If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules. This book, "a basic spiritual primer for what it means to be a human," discusses each of the 10 rules (e.g., "There are no mistakes, only lessons," and "Lessons are repeated until learned,") and discusses them with kindness, eloquence, and wisdom. For example, rule 1 is, "You will receive a body. You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth." Carter-Scott discusses the challenge of making peace with the body we've been given, and the lessons of acceptance (appreciating it as it is), self-esteem (viewing yourself as worthy, despite how your body looks or performs), respect (treating it like a "valuable and irreplaceable object"), and pleasure (indulging in the five senses to "unlock the joy stored within you"). Similarly, each of the rules has four "lessons." You'll read this inspirational book more than once, and mark quotes to tell friends. --Joan Price

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Drawing the listener in with her heartfelt, uplifting voice and undeviating purpose ("to facilitate your personal journey of success"), motivational speaker, consultant and author of seven books (including If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules) Carter-Scott systematically outlines her 10 rules for a fulfilling life. Taken at face value, the "rules"--"Wanting success is the first step towards obtaining it," "Self-trust is essential" and "Goals are stepping stones on path"--seem little more than clich‚d self-help mantras that belie the book's real substance and author's down-to-earth tone. The highly organized format contains individualized exercises in each chapter, helping readers pinpoint their personal definition of success; articulate their purpose, path, vision and mission; organize a support team; and assess opportunities and maximize resources. Strategies are offered to avoid common pitfalls and hidden barriers to success such as self-sabotage, as well as a how-to on setting S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, attainable realistic and time-based). Hand-picked proverbs, inspirational quotes, a heavy reliance on personal experience and three decades' worth of her clients' anecdotal evidence perfectly suit the spoken format. Based on the Broadway hardcover (Forecasts, Oct. 9, 2000).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on Oct. 19 2003
Format: Cards
In the bestseller CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL, there was a
passage entitled "The Rules for Being Human" . . . it was originally
attributed to "Anonymous," but the author (Cherie Carter-Scott)
eventually came forward and wrote a follow-up book: IF LIFE IS
In this latter effort, Carter-Scott makes the rules come alive by
relating them to stories drawn from her own encounters, along
with examples from her family, close friends and workshop
participants . . . you almost feel as if she is talking with you
I found this short book to be most thought-provoking and
one that I will want to revisit--often.
There were several memorable passages . . . however, methinks
that you'll most enjoy just thinking about the various rules
that follow:
Rule One:
You will receive a body.
You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration
of your life on Earth.
Rule Two:
You will be presented with lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called "life."
Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to
learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but
you have designed them as part of your curriculum.
Rule Three:
There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors,
and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much a
part of the process as the experiments that work.
Rule Four:
A lesson is repeated until learned.
Lessons will repeated to you in various forms until you have
learned them. When you have learned them, you can then go on
to the next lesson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3 2000
Format: Hardcover
Certainly the book contains some valid principles, or else it would not be as popular as it is. However, how a book can claim to teach spiritual lessons, but never even acknowledge God? It is humanistic philosophy that espouses that we alone can better ourselves. A close look around us shows that left to ourselves, we have made a mess of things. We MUST rely on Someone higher than ourselves. Also the advice the book offers is quite simplistic, not very deep. Very easy reading.
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Format: Hardcover
by Cherie Scott-Cater . . . this is a wonderful self-help book,
but don't be put of by that description if you're not typically
a fan of such material.
Scott-Carter will make you a convert as she helps you discover
what determine what success means to you . . . and that is
perhaps the key benefit you'll gain from reading her book;
i.e., it enables you to come up with you own definition and
then achieve it via ten simple rules.
I liked her use of examples, as well as probing
questions . . . methinks you will, too, and you'll be surprised
about how inspired you will be to achieve your various goals.
There were many memorable passages; among them:
I notice that many people put off doing this exercise [writing one's ideal obituary] because it confronts them with the reality of their mortality. I have found, conversely, that when you really examine your life head-on, you can be painfully honest about what you want to accomplish throughout your life. It is a bit uncomfortable writing down big dreams because they may sound highly ambitious or self-aggrandized, but unless you allow yourself to imagine your ideal life, you can never begin to make it happen. Imagining yourself at the end of your life looking back is a helpful tool to articulate what it is that you hope to accomplish during your lifetime.
The formula to find your path to fulfillment is astonishingly simple: Follow your preferences, and they will lead you to your path. Find what brings you joy and satisfaction, and trust that it will also bring you prosperity. Find what makes your blood boil, and trust that it will also fuel your existence. Discover what makes your heart sing, and trust that it will create music in your life.
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By A Customer on Jan. 8 2001
Format: Hardcover
One of the best books on success of all time is Think and Grow Rich. Yet as good as it is, that book and others tend to pull their punches. People want to believe there is some secret to being successful that doesn't involve rolling up your sleeves and working. Many success books and schemes pander to that and end up helping no one. The only person that succeeds is the huckster selling the hype to people being told what they want to hear.
What makes this book great is accuracy. It is a clear description of what goes into being successful. Instead of feeding into people's illusions it clearly describes what you really must do to be successful.
It just amazes me how people exist in denial. They blame others instead of simply seeing that they create all aspects of their lives. They want luck to play a major role in their achievements, friendships, love and career success, when really you make your own life.
This book will set you straight. The author is intelligent and a good writer. The bio says she's done seminars with individual coaching for 20 years. I believe it. She's obviously taken the time to learn what works and has written a quality book that made a significant difference for me. If you're ready to bring some effective new ways of thinking, relating and working into your life, things that will make a difference, this book is one of the best you'll find to help you learn how to do that for yourself.
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