Principles

  1. Self-discipline. It's the one thing that will make or brake your life.
  2. In life there is only an example to set. 
  3. Your habits make you.
  4. Never give up. Never ever. Stay in the game.
  5. All the real benefits in life come from compound interest. Understand compounding.
  6. Be an infinite learner. Read (learning) is the ultimate meta-skill. Think about spending on books as an investment, not an expense.
  7. Understand 80/20 rule.
  8. Over-prepare.
  9. Everything has been done before. The scenes change, but the behaviors and outcomes don’t.
  10. Understand multi-discipline learning.
  11. Love and focus on family.
  12. Make room for error. Be comfortable being wrong.
  13. “The best view comes after the hardest climb.” 
  14. Encourage intellectual debate.
  15. Have strong opinions, loosely held. Train yourself in mental models.
  16. Surround yourself with best (few) people. Discard people that don’t make you better.
  17. Fear bias & arrogance.
  18. Be prepared to fight for your life. Lear how to fight. Learn how to use a gun. Survival training.
  19. If you can’t be safe, be deadly.
  20. Explore and try new things (the 60/30 minute rule).
  21. Always give more than you take.
  22. Earn with your mind, not your time.
  23. Everyone is fighting a fight inside.
  24. Train your mind, guts (nutrition) and body. Lift weights.
  25. Life is only 70-80 winters. Make it count.
  26. Do not do things that you despise.
  27. Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
  28. Stupid people double down on stupidity. Then they triple down.
  29. Always make your bed.
  30. Dress like the person you want to be. Present yourself well. Dress “classically” to age. Beware style, trends.
  31. Be precise in your speech and body language.
  32. Always stand up straight with your shoulders back.
  33. "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." Marine Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis
  34. Do not wish ill for your enemy, plan it.
  35. Remember that what you do not yet know is more important than what you already know.
  36. Try to be the most successful version of who you are.
  37. Don’t burn bridges (behind you).
  38. Say “thank you” a lot!
  39. Learn to write and speak well.
  40. Learn a foreign language. At least one. Preferably Chinese.
  41. Travel around the world.
  42. Don’t criticize someone in front of others.
  43. Don’t forget to praise a job well done (but don’t praise a poor job)
  44. Small details build the big picture. Think in basic principles.
  45. Read philosophy specifically and ignore news/pop culture.
  46. Keep your standards very high in all you do.
  47. Mathematics is the language of nature.