If you are more than 10 years old and are not a plumber, you have failed your life. Are you aware of the 2 secret rules in plumbing?

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“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control.”

–Epictetus

What does all of this story have to do with plumbing?

Are you familiar with the two cardinal rules of plumbing?

  1. Water always runs downhill,
  2. Don’t lick your fingers.

What about those 10 years old and the rules of plumbing?

  • Option 01: You do what I want,
  • Option 02: I will give you a punishment that we both know will never be enforced.
  1. We are satisfied with whatever option they choose,
  2. One of the options must always be within our control, not theirs,
  3. We must consistently enforce that option in our control if they prefer neither of the two.
  • Option 01: Put your shoes
  • Option 02: If not, we are not going out.
  • Option 01: Put your shoes on
  • Option 02: I will put your shoes on for you.
  1. Water always runs downhill: what we can control and what is outside of our control,
  2. Don’t lick your fingers: We must act on things we do have control over.

What would you like to be when you are older?

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