Rules for a knight - Ethan Hawke - Learning Note

Rules for a knight - Ethan Hawke - Learning Note

I'm not going to lie, I'm a huge fanboy of Ethan Hawke. I've watched most of his films (Training Day....cracker) and I've read most of his books. I follow him on IG...this is all sounding a little weird now.

Anyway, in this "Learning Notes", I'm sharing my notes from his excellent little book - "Rules for a knight". (Amazon affiliate link)

It's a book with 20 rules derived from knight stories and folklore. Yes, knights with swords and armour and all that.

I'm sharing this learning note as there is much we can learn from these 20 rules for our own lives - but also much we can learn for work also.

Note: These are my "learning notes" - real notes I create in an A3 notepad for my own learning. I create them for my own growth and only share notes I feel would be relevant to this community.

I use my trusty 4 step Personal Knowledge Management System of capture, curate, crunch and contribute. What you see here is step 4 - contribution.

Contribution is in my own behaviours in my life & the work I do (don't worry, if you work with me I won't be turning up in armour). And contribution is also the sharing of these notes.

As a side note, I once tried to copy Ethan Hawke's fashion style. It didn't end well. He's a Hollywood super star oozing charisma and he can get away with a variety of styles (and expensive clothes no doubt). I looked like a middle-aged man trying too hard. Still, I learned a few tricks that I've morphed into my own style.

The Rules are:

  1. Solitude
  2. Humility
  3. Gratitude
  4. Pride
  5. Cooperation (I'm a big fan of this one)
  6. Friendship
  7. Forgiveness
  8. Honesty
  9. Courage
  10. Grace
  11. Patience
  12. Justice
  13. Generosity
  14. Discipline
  15. Dedication
  16. Speech
  17. Faith
  18. Equality
  19. Love
  20. Death

Check out the learning notes images. They should be good enough quality to zoom in and out and read my own notes - and where I have referenced other ideas I think are worth playing with.

It's a cracking little read, all told through stories and metaphors and anecdotes. Rules for a knight is a good book - hence it's made it to my Cultivated Reading List.

Until next time