Life Principles

A collection of principles that I aspire to live by.

  1. See Things for What They Are
  2. Focus on Your Locus of Control
    Do what you can / endure, bear and accept what you must
  3. Less But Better
    Focus on the few most important things and do them well
  4. Effectiveness Over Efficiency
    Doing the right things is more important than doing things well
  5. Aim for Simplicity
  6. Amor Fati
    “My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it—all idealism is mendacity in the face of what is necessary—but love it.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  7. Build Momentum
    Make use of the compound effect
  8. Progressive Escalation
    Always Try the Simplest, Least Risky / Cheapest Solution First
  9. Know Thyself
  10. Survival of the Fittest
    The most adapted wins in the short-term. The most adaptable wins in the long-run.
  11. Follow the Silver Rule
    “Do not treat others the way you do not want to be treated by them”
  12. Perception Precedes Action
  13. Take Full Responsibility for your Life
  14. Be Prepared
    Hope for the best, anticipate and prepare for the worst
  15. Beliefs Must be Earned
    Only Trust the opinions of people with skin in the game
  16. Build Redundancy and Margin of Safety
    Avoid over-optimization, it is dangerous
  17. Know Which Game You’re Playing
    Life is More Often a Loser’s Game, not a Winner’s game
  18. You Are More Than Your Emotions