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The Teacher is Talking: 50 Rules for Sons by Tim Hoch

By Leslie Lindsay

“Set goals and work like hell to accomplish them. Later, you’ll realize the journey was far more enjoyable than the end result.” 

This is rule 03 in Tim Hoch’s new book, 50 Rules for Sons (released April 18, 2013).  What started as a letter to his son who was graduating from high school turned into a list of lessons the author wanted to share with him.  Great, too for recent college grads, Scouting organizations, youth groups, and more.  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of today’s post to read about the give-a-way!  (image source: 5.14.13)

Perfect for the attention span of the 140-character generation (think Twitter), 50 Rules for Sons dispenses rapid-fire chunks of wisdom in the first half of the book, independent of any explanation.  But each “rule” has a backstory, which Tim Hoch explains–sometimes eloquently, other times bluntly, and almost always with some wit.  These backstories, are located–well–at the back of the book. 

Here are a few of my favorite rules:

  • Rule o6: “There are few people you will meet who are truly looking out for your best interest.  When you find someone who does, guard and treasure that relationship.” 
  • Rule 14:  “Try new things daily.” 
  • Rule 23:  “Most of your life your only company is yourself.  Like yourself.” 
  • Rule 31:  “Read leisurely for at least 30 minutes everyday.  It will increase your curiousty and broaden your point of view.” 

There are plenty others–but theses were the ones who resonated with me.  And I am not even a “son.”  Which goes to show this little book could be valuable for just about anyone.  It’s written in a straightforward, down-to-earth manner we can all apprciate.  I plan to send them to new grads on my list this spring….so go on and…Seize the day! 

Apraxia Monday:  He Talks Funny Author Jeanne Buesser & Give-a-WayAnd now for the give-a-way!  Got a grad on your list who would benefit from 5o Rules for Sons?  Let me know by dropping me a line/making a comment on this blog post.  Tell me in 50 words or less what makes this young man special.  It will enter you into a drawing for a complimentary copy of 50 Rules for Sons!  Contest runs now thru Friday, May 17th at 5pm.  You will be contacted via email if your name is drawn.  Books will be mailed to you shortly thereafter.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

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TIM HOCH has practiced law in Texas for more than 20 years. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife and three children where he serves as Vice Chair for Catholic Charities-Fort Worth and is on the Board of Directors for Frog Club at Texas Christian University.He is also a volunteer at The Assessment Center and Child Advocates of Tarrant County, two programs that assist abused children. He is working on his next book,50 Rules for Daughters. You can follow Tim’s blog here.



  1. Julia–it sounds like you have two very well-rounded–and busy–guys on your hands. I’ll enter you into the give-a-way! Stay tuned. : )

  2. My two sons are such special gifts from God. Daniel, my oldest is quite a charmer. He is very compassionate,gifted in academics, sports, and all kinds of musical instruments. His curiosity can get him into trouble. Mathew, my youngest is very determined and he has a unique talent for art of all kind. He is a strong, sensitive type of boy who tries to hide his kind heart. His toughness can cause strife at times. They are both a handful and loved very much. They know this also and I am learning patience in my journey with them as their mother.

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