Anthony Bourdain’s 14 Rules For Life

Anthony Bourdain’s 14 Rules For Life* (or being a chef, more precisely, but they work just as well):

1. Be fully committed.

2. Learn Spanish!

3. Don’t steal

4. Always be on time.

5. Never make excuses or blame others.

6. Never call in sick.

7. Lazy, sloppy and slow are bad

8. Be prepared to witness every variety of human folly and injustice.

9. Assume the worst.

10. Try not to lie.

11. Avoid restaurants where the owner’s name is above the door.

12. Think about that résumé!

13. Read!

14. Have a sense of humor about things.

*From Kitchen Confidential

Yaël Ossowski is a journalist, writer, and consumer advocate. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is the founder and editor of Devolution Review and deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center. He was previously a national investigative reporter at He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague, and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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