I have previously discussed my motivations for constructing, maintaining, and publishing my personal constitution. Below is a brief recap & the most recent copy:
We are what we eat, but at a higher abstraction level. Who we are and what we produce (concretely & abstractly; thoughts, behaviors, relationships, systems, etc) is heavily influenced by what we think. What we think is heavily influenced by what inputs we receive. What inputs we receive at time t are heavily influenced by the outputs we produce at time t-1. Thus, the effect of repeated inputs in your life compound over time.
My document serves two main purposes:
- it is a single location where I collect my thoughts about what I believe to be true, what kind of person I wish to be, and what kind of life I wish to live; and
- it is a source of feedback when I review it, both to question how closely I have lived up to my ideals in the past, and to plant seeds for the future.
It is a deeply personal document, and while some elements I believe are timeless, others may only relate to specific, temporary circumstances I am fixated on or struggling with today. I am publishing it to serve as a potential source of inspiration for others, and also as a filter for inbound communication.
Last updated 2018-10-22
Be deliberate with your Presence. Accept what Is. Surrender to what you cannot change.
Meaning and reality are not fixed; continually reassess. Nebulous-yet-patterned.
Life has asked of you, ‘what is your meaning?’ How will you choose to answer?
Meaning requires context and agency.
Love is the Mother of all Virtues. Pride is the Father of all Vices.
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren.
Trust is the most valuable asset in the world.
Be impeccable with the Word.
Reputation comes from consistency.
Take extreme ownership.
Seek understanding; don’t criticize, don’t assume.
Stop trying to ‘fix’ the people closest to you. Give them space to be. Accept who they are, not who you have imagined in your head they will become.
Make the implicit explicit.
Be emphatic. Listen. Observe. Beginner’s mind. Step outside your own context.
The greatest fool of all is the man who fools himself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
Be wary of emotional hijacking.
Beliefs are hypotheses to be tested, not treasures to be guarded.
I don’t know what I don’t know. Embrace uncertainty and humility.
Be deliberate with your time and focus. Before every task ask, “is this worth my attention?” [if not hell yeah, then no; 60% rounds down]
Produce. Finding work you love is difficult. Mind the effort gap.
Feedback loops enable sums greater than parts.
Predict => act => observe => learn => predict => …
Break complex tasks into simple tasks. Repeat as needed.
List, rank, iterate.
Teaching is the best way to learn.
Defeating The Struggle is where greatness comes from.
Embrace the Void. Stop clinging.
Have self-compassion. I am enough.
We, not I.
Appreciate those around you; be grateful.
Diversity is the basis for collective intelligence.
A man is revealed by how he treats the powerless.
You must be willing in your heart to begin again every day. Commit willingly.
Perfect is the enemy of done.
Patience. There are always more opportunities.
All in moderation.
Power with brevity.
Focus with subtraction.
Actions over words.
Do, then research.
Habits over choices. Reduce friction.
Align body desires with logical desires. Use dopamine.
Imagination is the interface to your attitude
What am I afraid of today? Be honest with yourself. Be vulnerable.
Recognize the importance of the next task. Make today a positive feedback loop.
The hardest part is getting started. Lower the stakes. Pomodoro?
Protect your dopamine.
Building emrys is your job. An entrepreneur without a company is just unemployed.
Watch your thoughts for they become words,
watch your words for they become actions,
watch your actions for they become habits,
watch your habits for they become your character,
watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
We all stumble. Forgive yourself, and get back up.