How can the 8 rules of Fight Club inspire us in our daily life?
If you have seen David Fincher’s movie or read Chuck Palahniuk’s book Fight Club, you know you have to respect 8 rules to expel your pain and suffering through violence in the clandestine club. But those rules also have a different meaning, they can teach you how to live like a fighter in your everyday life, to consider life as a fight on a ring to favour success in every personal or professional project you lead. Let’s take some time to review those rules and find their hidden meaning, so we can profit from them and be inspired in our daily life, to take life as she deserves it, like a worthy opponent you have to beat on a ring! Let the Tyler Durden’s way of life give you some ideas to lead you all the way to success!
Get ready for the fight!
1st RULE: You do not talk about FIGHT CLUB.
The first rule is the most famous one, and everyone who has seen the movie remembers it. However, what does it means exactly if you put it outside the context of the movie? It doesn’t mean you should not talk about your projects, thoughts or feelings to anyone, but only to the members of your own fight club. Which means the people you know you can trust, might be your family, might be some of your friends. Don’t overshare with outside people as they could use any information against you, or you could show them some weaknesses by talking too much.
2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB.
What makes the first rule so iconic is also that it is emphasized by the second one. The go deeper in the idea, it means you should be about your ideas and your projects more than talk about it. Be focused and concentrate your energy into doing things instead of putting words on them and explaining them to people around you. When you get on the ring for the fight, talking will be useless.
3rd RULE: If someone says "stop" or goes limp, taps out the fight is over.
The third rule talks about when to end the fight. It means you should not give up until the very end, until you cannot take it anymore or you lose consciousness. Giving in is never the solution, however sometimes its better to reassess or pivot your projects if you see they are going straight to the wall. There’s no point fighting when everything can only go bad, so never give up but reassess your situation regularly and adapt to the situation.
4th RULE: Only two guys to a fight.
The fourth rule is about the nature of the fight itself. It means being focused on fighting one opponent at a time is the real essence of the combat. Which means you should be focused on only one project at a time and make sure you keep your intensity until the end. Don’t spread too thin and use your energy on too many things at the same time. Your objective is to get things done, and the best way to do that is to focus on only one opponent.
5th RULE: One fight at a time.
A bit like the first and the second rule, the fifth one is an emphasis on the previous one. One fight at a time between two opponents: only focus on one project at a time and get it done to completion because you switch to the next fight.
6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes.
The sixth rule is here to remind you that you don’t need anything to fight. You are self-sufficient, your own resources are enough to make you a dangerous fighter. You don’t need to have money or connections to make your dreams go real, just go on the ring with yourself like Edward Norton the first time he participates in a fight. You don’t need anything to get what you deserve.
7th RULE: Fights will go on as long as they have to.
The seventh rule serves to remind that the fight will probably be long and tough. It can take a long time for you to grind your way to the top by starting from the bottom, but the effort is worth it. You will suffer, bleed and sweat on the way to the success, but you can’t get the reward without going through the whole fight. Don’t take shortcuts, work hard and be focused on winning from the start to the end.
8th RULE: If this is your first night at FIGHT CLUB, you HAVE to fight.
The eight rule emphasizes on the time: right here, right now. It tells you to start right now, today and right at this moment! Start working on the projects you have in mind and don’t waste time hesitating. Once you’re on the ring in front of someone who wants to break your bone, there is no time, you have to defend yourself. It is the same in life, time will play against you most of the time and you shouldn’t waste it. Once you’re done reading this article, work hard on the objectives you put yourself too, whether it is a professional project, finding love, getting in better shape or anything!
To sum up, the 8 Fight Club rules give us several lessons we should use to improve in life: don’t speak about your feelings and projects except to people you really trust, act more than you speak, don’t take breaks, stay focused until the end on one thing at a time, you don’t need anything except what you already are, be ready for a long fight and start right now!
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