5 Risks of Breaking the Rules

A follow up to Yesterday

Just yesterday, I posted about the empowerment of breaking rules and encouraged you to do so. Today, I want to discuss a few risks of breaking the rules so you’ll be better prepared. When I think of rules I have broken in the sense of this article, I think of not attending college, racing motorcycles, being entrepreneurial, or even self-publishing a book. The image to open this article is a picture of me at the Tyler State Park sign in Tyler, TX. I drove to Texas and stayed in state parks, camping with my Mountain Bike instead of the normal Airplane, Rental car, and Hotel form of travel. I took a fair amount of grief for it – but I also won over clients by doing it. Risk – Reward.

You’ve probably been punished for breaking a rule in the past. It may have been a rule your parents made to keep you safe and you learned a lesson from breaking it. How did that moment make you feel?

There are risks to every rule you choose to break and you may be the type who loves to break them. Adrenaline rushes from rule breaking become addictive to some people.

If you don’t agree with certain rules of society and plan to break them (I can think of a few right now) – either in business or your personal life, consider these five risks involved:

  1. The risk of alienating people you need or want in your life. Think carefully about breaking a rule that can alienate you from the very people who could benefit you and whom you love. For example, if you go against your parents’ wishes, you may cause them angst. Weigh the benefits and then act accordingly.
  2. Lose your job. Some rule-breaking may result in the loss of a job or position in a company. Insisting that you can work from home and get more done may alienate other coworkers who trudge to work each morning. You may also miss out on valuable one-on-one time with your boss or others important to your job.
  3. Expressing your opinion. Standing up for your values can be a risk that gives you great satisfaction and can boost your self-esteem. It may also alienate you from a person – or group of people. Beware of the consequences of your words and then do the right thing.
  4. Unqualified for the job you’re in. You may have gotten a position by promising that you’d be a fast learner and meet all expectations required of you. At some point, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of work or learning process that you didn’t expect. Know what you’re getting into before leaping for a job you’re not qualified for.
  5. Not taking yourself seriously. This rule needs to strike an equal balance. When you take yourself very seriously, you run the risk of others perceiving you as pompous and a “know it all.” But, if you don’t find the balance between being serious at times that require it and having fun at appropriate times, you may never be seen as the authority figure you want to be.

Breaking rules can have a negative impact on some areas in your life that you may not expect. Study the pros and cons of a rule before you decide to break it and then act in your best interest. Do me favor, read the list again and then to the next paragraph.

I share this types of lists because I care about you. However, I also see this list and recognize that by not breaking some rules, you are holding yourself back for the fear of what others would think. The best in life does not come from conformity. When you strive outside of yourself for success and positive change, some rules may need shattered and there may be some hurt feelings along the way. This list is designed to make you aware of the situation so you can weigh the risks yourself.

If you are truly a risk-reward driven person in search of excellence, you will begin to surround yourself with an inner-circle that will have your back when others react poorly to your daring. I wish you the best in your search.

Mañana No Mas!