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 Canadian-American journalist and writer living in Vienna. He is founder and editor of Devolution Review, deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty. 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. Born in Québec and raised in the southern United States, he currently lives in Vienna, Austria, and his writings have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages.
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