Here’s Why You Must Follow The Rules To Break Them

Nobody likes rules. But we still have to follow them. Our whole life and existence are based on rules. Let’s give this a thought. The country we live in has a set of rules that every citizen has to follow. The schools we went to had various rules. Our parents have a set of rules in our homes about the way we behave, what we eat and where we go. The religion we follow has few rules. Friendship and love, too, comes with a bunch of rules. Most importantly, because of our belief, ethics and moral system, we end up making few rules for our own self. So this sums up, we are surrounded by various rules whether we like it or not.

It is impossible to have a world without rules. Rules help in bringing order to the society. Every rule is designed for a reason. Rules are created to protect the status quo — not to spur innovation. Rules are established by people in power and those people have a vested interest in staying in power. But at the end of the day, to follow or break the rule is a choice each person has to take.

If you are unable to adjust with the rule and are unable to break it, you can change the rule. Well, this is obviously not as easy as it sounds. As I said, to change the rule you need to get to the top. And the way to reaching the top is through the rules.

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Adolf Hitler says,
 “If you don’t like a Rule, Just Follow it. Reach the Top And Change the Rule.” 

The only way to change a rule is to follow it and reach that authoritative position. Changing rules from a lower position or without any authority isn’t easy in any way. If you rebel from a lower level you may end up getting in trouble. So the best thing to do is have a strategy to reach the top by following the rules. Once at the top, you can bring about the change that everyone had been waiting for.

We have lots of examples of people who worked their way to the top and changed the rules. Have a look at the famous personalities like Micheal Jackson, Queen, John Lenon, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, etc brought about a huge change in the field of music. But in order to get to that point, they had to follow few traditional music styles and rules.


If you are someone who cannot bear with the existing rules, here are few tips for you to handle and tolerate rules till you reach your goal:

 Keep Calm 

Firstly, keep calm. If you hate it, try finding a way around it. Some rules, when it comes to religious institutions or country, are difficult to change because it is associated with the lifestyle of many. Don’t go around preaching your hatred towards it. Be careful of what you say and do.

Create Friends

Make sure you don’t get selfish. Sometimes to bring about a change you need the support of others. If you go around making enemies everywhere you go just because you have a different perspective, it will do more bad than good. On your way to the top, make sure to build friendships and have many people by your side.

Don’t Be Aggressive

If you hate some rule, there are better ways to reason it and explain it to others. Respect others opinions too. Don’t go about spreading hate speech or get aggressive with anyone just because you are unable to bend the rules.

Have A Proper Strategy

Plan what kind of change you want to bring and how you plan to bring it. Have a strategy in mind. This will help you to have a clear picture of your goal and focus on it.

Think Smart

Make sure the change you bring will be a positive one and favorable to everyone. Think smart at each and every step. Read a book, surf internet and ask for advice regarding your plan or new rule.

Some rules are nothing but old habits that people are afraid to change. As a concluding quote, I would like to say, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Share this article and subscribe to us for more such creative articles.

Felicia is a full-time teacher and a freelancer with an interest in blogging. She is also a die-hard fan of the 'Friends' series.