How much of a choice do we have in everyday life? Do we believe in destiny or fate? Are our lives pre-determined or do we have total will to chart our course?

These are not new questions, and they certainly are not specific to an individual: they have been tirelessly philosophized about over the ages, and they often leave more questions unanswered than they provide.

As such, Hollywood makes movies that play on such curiosities and author’s that make an impact have resonated with the reader in ways that only the individual can potentially fathom.

Believe it or not, this blog post isn’t a lead into something deep and meaningful just something I’m pondering – as I have many, many times and will no doubt continue to – having just watched the movie The Adjustment Bureau.

It’s premise is simple: is our life pre-determined or can we influence the outcomes? Watch the movie, ponder and philosophise, this is purely an invitation that’s totally up to you.

Or is it?

US comedian Jerry Seinfeld appeared on the Australian TV show, “Enough Rope” hosted by Andrew Denton, and gave us an insight into his three rules of life, which seem pretty worth living by.

1. Bust your ass
Jerry Seinfeld: “…whatever you do just kill yourself. Work as hard as you can, only good can come of it.”

2. Pay attention
Jerry Seinfeld: “People just don’t notice enough about what’s going on around them. You can absorb and learn from everything around you all the time. Ask people questions all the time.”

3. Fall in love
Jerry Seinfeld: “[this] isn’t really a romantic love … like if I get a really good cup of coffee I like to just go, you know what, just hang on a second, ‘This is a fantastic cup of coffee!!’ And I’ll ask everyone, ‘Isn’t this great coffee?’ … you will enjoy life more if you do that.”

The Three Rules of Life by Jerry Seinfeld