Principles (a life in progress)

Principle. From Latin prīncipium “beginning, foundation”. A fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning.

This is what I believe in:

  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. Stick to simple rules.
  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. Reading (learning) is the ultimate meta-skill. Think about spending on books as an investment.
  7. Understand 80/20 rule.
  8. Over-prepare. Never be late.
  9. Everything has been done before. The scenes change, but the behaviors and outcomes don’t.
  10. Understand multi-discipline learning.
  11. Small details build the big picture. Think in basic principles.
  12. Love and focus on family.
  13. Make room for error. Be comfortable being wrong.
  14. “The best view comes after the hardest climb.” 
  15. Encourage intellectual debate.
  16. Have strong opinions, loosely held. Train yourself in mental models.
  17. Experiment and tinker — take lots of small risks
  18. Surround yourself with best (few) people. Discard people that don’t make you better.
  19. Fear bias & arrogance.
  20. Be prepared to fight for your life. Lear how to fight. Learn how to use a gun. Survival training.
  21. If you can’t be safe, be deadly.
  22. Explore and try new things (the 60/30 minute rule).
  23. Always give more than you take.
  24. Earn with your mind, not your time.
  25. You never know what struggles people are hiding.
  26. Inside of every struggle is the seed of some of the happiest moments of your life.
  27. Train your mind, guts (nutrition) and body. Lift weights.
  28. Life is only 70-80 winters at best. Make it count.
  29. Do not do things that you despise.
  30. Build in redundancy and layers (no single point of failure)
  31. Stupid people double down on stupidity. Then they triple down.
  32. Always make your bed.
  33. Dress like the person you want to be. Present yourself well. Dress “classically” to age. Beware of style trends.
  34. Be precise in your speech and body language.
  35. Always stand up straight with your shoulders back.
  36. "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." Marine Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis
  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 English and 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. Read philosophy specifically and ignore news/pop culture.
  45. Mathematics is the language of nature.
  46. Try to be the most successful version of who you are.
  47. There is always a way out.
  48. Remember that what you do not yet know is more important than what you already know.
  49. Keep your standards very high in all you do.
  50. Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.