Perminder Tung’s 15 Rules for Success in Life and in Business

In no particular order:

  • Love yourself in order to better love others: Allowing yourself to shine gives those you love the permission to do the same. Be proud of yourself and who you are. Stop caring about what others think and celebrate your successes.
  • Unconditional love for others: Love people for who they are; not for who you want them to be. When you accept what is beyond your control you free yourself up to create deeper more meaningful bonds.
  • Exercise: Be heart healthy and create realistic goals that fit within your life. Whether you are a person that can only do 30 minutes walks or one that can do intense daily training, find what works for you and set aside the time to follow through. You only get one body, take care of it.
  • Eat healthy – predominately plant based: Do not get caught in “fad” or “popular diets”. Life is a marathon not a sprint; sustainability is key. I believe in a predominately plant based diet. Predominately plant based means the majority of your nutrients should be coming from vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, beans etc. Meat based proteins should form a small percentage of the calories you consume.  Watch Netflix documentaries: Food Inc., Forks Over Knives. Read: The China Study – one of the most comprehensive studies about food.
  • Read, read, read: If you can’t find the time to read, a great alternative is podcasts or audiobooks (at the gym, while driving, while on vacation). Just like exercising the body, reading exercises the mind. Reading or podcasting allows you to build your tool kit, learn from experts, and better all aspects of your life. Podcasts: NPR How I Build This with Guy Raaz; Stay Tuned with Preet Bharaa, Making Sense with Sam Harris, the Joe Rogan Experience.

  • Treat others as you want to be treated: Never place short profits ahead of your reputation. Be prepared to lose money, feel inferior, and cut your loses – don’t let your stubborn character get the best of you. Don’t rip people off and burn bridges.
  • Have some fun, but not all the time: Balance is key. Work is important and meaningful works should be a huge priority. However, working without celebrating along the way leads to burnout. In order to achieve exceptional results you need to be in an exceptional state mentally and physically. Taking time to do the things that you love and surround yourself with the people you love will keep you in peak state and allow you to give 100% when needed in your career.
  • Be Courageous: Stand up for what you believe in and for those you believe in. Be prepared to step up for others – especially in situations that make you uncomfortable.
  • Broaden Your Horizons. Try to travel and experience different cultures, people and lifestyles. If you don’t have the means to travel yet, then broaden your horizons in other ways such as learning new skillsets, new languages, taking on new hobbies, meeting new people outside your usual sphere
  • Yoga and Meditation: The mind and body rule. Be Intentional in your life. For yoga, I go OxygenYoga or watch youtube videos. For meditation, I have sought out spiritual mentors and use smartphone apps like Headspace, or just sit in silence and focus.
  • Set goals: What has worked for me is to set goals at 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years. Review them. Scope shift happens where you deviate a little here and there but as long as you are heading in the right direction, you are making progress.
  • Find your Passion, pursue it with Laser Focus: Laser focus will allow you to reach your goals faster.
  • Plan for the future – Live in the present: We can’t predict the future – live each day to the best and look forward to the small things.
  • Social Media Detox: It is undisputed that that social media can be great, but it can also be harmful. Take the challenge and try uninstalling all forms of social media from your phone for 30 days. The difference it has made in my relationship with my family, my mindset, my energy and my focus was significant! You may feel like you are missing out on things, but you are not. The technology is made to be addictive. If it relates to your business and financial well-being, hire someone to manage it or be disciplined about its use.
  • Never Give Up: Every problem is an opportunity waiting to be discovered. Stay positive and find the silver lining in all of your difficulties. You will learn more in those times, then when things are rosy.