These are the principles I live by. They guide my decision-making and actions.
- External events don’t cause stress. It’s your interpretation and judgement of them that causes you to worry.
- Never be too serious. Because life is too short. (See principle #9).
- Continuously learn. Always. Forever. The moment you stop is the moment you start dying.
- Your time is finite and therefore your most valuable asset. Protect it.
- Don’t worry about the cost of a thing. It’s about the value you get out of it. Value trumps cost.
- Your ability to focus on one thing at a time is a superpower.
- Don’t be a specialist; be a generalist. As you grow your skills, deeply and widely, you’ll connect the dots in ways other people cannot. You are a renaissance man. Your mental models empower you to understand things and make better decisions.
- Writing is your pathway to idea cultivation. The more you write, the more ideas you generate.
- Remember, clichés are clichés for reason.
- Remember, you could leave life right now. Memento mori.
- You don’t need other people to teach you things. Learn on your own. But if you meet someone more experienced, ask questions and listen carefully. Read books, too.
- Action is the key to success. By simply doing more, you’re already winning the game of life.
- Less is more! (This does not contradict #7).
- Adapt and evolve your principles as you grow.
Last updated: March 2019.