The Seven Immutable Laws of Business, Knitting, and Life, According to Liat Gat

Green Crocheted Number 7Here are seven things I believe in more than anything else.

These seven rules have helped me guide my life, monitor my actions, and let me know what I should do in tricky situations.

I'm sharing these rules with you today because it's important to me that you know what I stand for. I think that the more we have in common, the more we can connect, and the more we connect, the more we can understand each other.

What follows are my Seven Immutable Laws. You can count on me to stand by them every day, whether in KnitFreedom, in my knitting, or just in everyday life.

1. Never Blame the Other Guy

Byron Katie Founder of The WorkThis rule is all about taking responsibility for your actions, and never letting what you think someone else has done come between you and doing the right thing.

This rule has helped me grow and learn when I run into difficult situations. See www.thework.com for my favorite method of turning this awareness back on yourself in the kindest and sweetest way.

2. Making Each Other Happy Makes the World Go Round

two happy fingers "hugging"This has been an important rule for me when it comes to KnitFreedom. I make you happy, it makes me happy. It couldn't get simpler than that, and I thank you for it every day.

3. It's Not About The Money

Jigsaw Puzzel of US Dollar with One Piece OutHave you ever ruined a friendship or working relationship over money? I have. Have you ever felt nervous trying to get a few bucks?

Thinking of ways people can help you out? I have. And I've learned that no matter what, life isn't about money.

It's about people, it's about goodwill, and it's about putting money aside and making room for things that are real.

Thanks to this rule, in any situation where there's money involved, it's trust, friendship, and generosity that will always win for me.

4. Be All You Can Be, No More

Man balancing on high wire over pit of spikesLife is wonderfully simple when you don't have to be anyone you're not. I discovered this rule recently and it's been one of my greatest gifts. In other words, I say "No" when I need to, and "Yes" when I can.

This rule makes it so that I have energy left to live my life when there are more things to do than there are hours in the day.

5. Give to Give (Pass it On)

The Pumpkin Plan by Mike MichalowiczThis rule mostly has to do with goodwill on the Internet.

It's about sharing links, saying thank you, and never hogging resources or customers. Giving credit where credit is due.

And most of all, it's about being free and easy with the things I have when they can benefit someone else.

Here's one thing I can pass along to you right now. The idea for this post came from a great book I'm reading called The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz. If you are an entrepreneur or just creatively solution-minded, give it a read.

6. Don't Leave Anything Up To Chance

Red Dice Rolling on a Green BackgroundThis is one of my favorite rules because it makes life so much easier.

In my work, this includes checking links before I send them out in an email, testing new coupon codes in my shopping cart, and always making sure there isn’t something else I can do before I mark a customer email as "done."

In knitting, this rule means counting my stitches easily and accurately, seeing my row markers and decreases for what they are, and never trying to remember anything I could easily re-count or verify later.

At home, the "don’t-leave-anything-to-chance" rule helps me never, ever spill anything on my computer ("Spill-free since 2003!" That's my motto).

7. Everyone Deserves Help With Their Knitting

Liat at Blazing Needles in 2011When I started knitting, I spent many nights alone and frustrated because I couldn't figure out some knitting technique or pattern by myself.

I want something different for you! If you're stuck on your knitting, even if you've never bought anything before, you can send us your knitting questions. If we have tutorials on our site to answer your question, we will be glad to point you to them.

If you have purchased a KnitFreedom class, of course we answer all knitting questions related to those purchased classes. And if you are a member of Premium Lifetime, will will answer any and all of your knitting questions, even pertaining to non-KnitFreedom patterns or projects.

To ask a knitting question, please email us at [email protected]. You can include photos of your knitting mistake if you would like our help deciphering what you did.

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What do you think of my immutable laws? What are some of yours? Please share in the comments by leaving a reply below.

Resources:

Crocheted Number 7: Moogly Free Crocheted Number Instructions
Self-Discovery: Loving What Is by Byron Katie
Entrepreneurship: The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz
It's Not About The Money (But It Sure Would Be Nice To Have Some More): Implementing "Profit First" strategies: Budget Alchemy by Amber Duggar
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  1. My most obsessive rule is never give up. It has cost me many hours of tinking and thinking and rewinding the yarn I just took out, but it has proved to be a real learning curve. If I give up, I never try it again and its lost to me, cables would have been lost, feather and fan pattern that gave me fits, so many things would have been lost to me. So that is my most important rule and it has helped me learn so much and continue to learn.

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