Rules I try to Live By

Here are a few of the rules/sayings of others that have resonated with me.

Professional Things to Remember

  • If it is to be, it is up to me
  • TIP – Take it Personally
  • Every complaint by a client or customer is actually a problem that we should be solving
  • The only way forward from most conflicts is via dialog. (Learned via the Dalai Lama)
  • Don’t be a big fish in a small pond. Seek out bigger avenues
  • There are always people on both sides of wherever I happen to be in any spectrum. (Don’t get too proud, and don’t be too hard on yourself.)
  • For every ounce of theory I learn, I need a pound of practice. (Esp true for programming, writing, chess and cooking.)
  • Accept and adopt good ideas immaterial of where or whom they come from. (Even people I don’t care for have lots of good ideas)
  • Everyone I will ever meet has something to teach me.
  • Attitude triumphs experience. (The right attitude is far more important)
  • Don’t fight or piss off the people you know. It is a surprisingly small world in many ways.
  • You should be ready to break any set of rules, include these

Guiding Principles

  • Experience vicariously. Can’t try everything yourself.  “Having done both, it is better to sit in comfort with a cold drink at hand and read the tale than to actually walk out of the Mojave Desert as I did.”    (Louis L’Amour)
  • In life, we shouldn’t whine because we all have a ‘flat tire quota’ — a list of mishaps that will happen to all of us (via Dennis Prager)
  • I don’t have to impress anyone, except myself.
  • I might also commit most of the crimes I read about, given a strong enough motive. Therefore, I shouldn’t be too quick to judge.
  • Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional
  • To not spend is much easier than having to earn. (Every $1 saved is equivalent to earning $1.50
  • Keep your wants simple. (Zorba’s story of how if he learned to become satisfied with simple lentils instead of hoping to get invited to feasts, he wouldn’t have to be beholden to any kings or rich people.
  • Luck plays a huge role in our lives, though we often believe it was our talent. This is reason enough to be humble. (via Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness)

 

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