july 7, 2018

I'm declaring a set of principles I'd like to guide my decision making and behavior. I've seen people I admire do this and give credit to it for their success. I hope to avoid using this as a performance of vanity by remembering that these are not qualities inherent in myself, but rather standards.

My dearest principles are: fitness, frugality, loyalty, awareness, honesty, cheerfulness, and excellence.

Their selection is important not just for what they are, but for what was excluded. Other principles are not unimportant, but for me, they are secondary to these.

Fitness is the physical foundation necessary for effective performance in life

Operating with frugality allows me to trade my urges for my goals.

Other people are the most valuable resource and their loyalty can only be earned in kind. Any opportunity to cultivate it should be seized.

The truth is there whether I choose to acknowledge it or not. Practicing without awareness is like operating without a sense.

I can keep my mental load light by practicing honesty.

Having fun is the most important thing to me. Cheerfulness allows me to generate that internally.

The world is more competitive than ever and grows more so. It is only worth doing things I can do with excellence.