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Shatner Rules


When Bill Shatner turned 80 he (and Chris Regan) wrote the book Shatner Rules. It’s a quick, easy read. I thought you’d like some thoughts. To understand them more fully, you’ll need to read the complete book:

  • Life is hard…get as much free cake as possible.
  • Say yes. Many adventures begin when you say yes–two Emmys for Boston Legal; heavy metal awards for spoken word albums, and tons of money from commercials.
  • Until the movies, Star Trek was only 3 years of his professional life – 3 years out of 80, yet for many of us, he’ll always be Captain Kirk, the first Captain Kirk (no disrespect to Chris Pine). Moral: you’ll never know what you’ll be remembered for – always do your best.
  • When you travel, leave the map at home.
  • Stay hydrated physically and professionally; study and remember your lines.
  • Whenever possible, apologize and try to mend old wounds.
  • Never forget to say thank you to those who helped you along the way.
  • Always have a spare pair of underwear on hand, you’ll never know when someone else will kidnap yours.
  • If someone is willing to pay you $75,000 for your kidney stone, take it and give it to charity.
  • Even if you can’t do it 100 percent of the time, try eating vegetarian meals when possible.
  • Don’t be surprised when people remember you differently. Beam me up Scotty was never said on Star Trek.
  • Know when to turn your personality on and when to turn it off and simply ‘be’.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • When writing, always drop a bombshell somewhere in the book.
  • Know what conversations require a bullet-proof vest.
  • Birds of a feather flock together but make dull parties….invite some interesting folks to your parties or salons and see what happens.
  • If you look a gift horse in the mouth, you may get more gifts.
  • Life is short…say what is on your mind.
  • When nervous, take a deep breath and be patient. Don’t rush the message only to ruin it with the delivery. Be patient, read the room, and take your time.
  • Get out of bed and stay busy.
  • Smile, you’re lucky you made it.
  • Don’t die too soon, you’ll miss all your lifetime achievement awards.


CITE:  Shatner’s Rules by William Shatner



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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