The Social Contract*: you do you by Sarah Knight

The Social Contract*

*with amendments

  1. Don’t be selfish: it is absolutely okay–and healthy–to be concerned with your own self-interest, which you can do while also looking out for others
  2. Do your best: ambition and integrity are great qualities, but it’s hard to accomplish anything when you’re stressed
  3. Don’t be difficult: stand up for yourself
  4. Do be a team player: go your own way
  5. Don’t quit your day job: develop a healthy attitude toward risk
  6. You will change your mind: don’t let others opinions about your life choices keep you from being true to yourself
  7. You won’t get anywhere with that attitude: whatever fuels you is the right attitude for you
  8. You will regret that: don’t listen to them
  9. You won’t get a good job if you don’t go to college: success is yours to define
  10. You will never live that down
  11. You should always put family first: value all the people in your life equally
  12. You shouldn’t act so crazy: mental health is just as important as physical health
  13. You should smile more
  14. You shouldn’t eat that: accept your body for what it is
  15. You should check your ego at the door: If you don’t have confidence in yourself, who will?


I didn’t copy these word for word out of the book–therefore, I encourage everyone to read the book and reflect on each bullet point of this social contract *with amendments! It guides the layout of the book (each bullet point is outlined and elaborated upon) in one of the four parts: orientation, do’s and don’ts, wills and won’ts, and shoulds and shouldn’ts.

I hope this social contract from you do you by Sarah Knight finds its way into your happy and healthy adventure and that you enjoy the following posts on my blog about you do you. 🙂 ❤

Knight, S. (2017). You do you: How to be who you are and use what you’ve got to get what you want (37-39). New York, NY: Hachette Book Group

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