50 Rules for Sons



My friend Tim Hoch has recently published an inspiring gift book, “50 Rules for Sons,” and I’m encouraging my friends to buy it.

I’ve known Tim since college and have always respected and admired him. He’s got a great sense of humor, unparalleled moral character, an infectious positive attitude, and he’s just an all-around great guy. He’s one of those friends who even if we don’t see each other for years, we pick right back up as if we were never apart.

When his son Stephen graduated from high school, Tim gave him a gift that would last a lifetime. What had started as a letter turned into a list of life lessons that he wanted to share with Stephen as he went out on his own.

In the first half of the book, the 50 rules are listed quickly, independent of any explanation – a format that appeals to the younger, 140-character generation. At the end, Tim gives the back story to each rule, explaining his personal life experience that makes the rule so relevant. Tim’s words are powerful tools to help sons of all ages.

From Tim: “I have had the good fortune to be surrounded my entire life by wise, generous and supportive family and friends. These are lessons I have learned from the patient guiding hands of my parents, friends and mentors, as well as my own mistakes.”

A few of my favorites:

Rule 7

Be open to, and unashamed of, the possibility that you might be wrong.

Rule 21

Most of your life should be spent running uphill. If not, you’re not challenging yourself.

Rule 28

If the police officer or professor is talking, you’re listening.

Rule 46

Wait at least 24 hours before sending a letter with the salutation “Dear Judge Dumb Ass.”

I’ll make this easy for you – here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Rules-For-Sons-Tim-Hoch/dp/0984970207

And here’s the website:


Thanks for reading,





One Response to “50 Rules for Sons”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    Very nice memento for a son to receive from a father… I think I might buy one for Joseph when he graduates…would love for him to have it as he goes off to college. Can’t believe he’s a senior now. Time has really flown.

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