These are principles (actually more like quotes!) that I try to abide by. Not gonna lie though, sometimes I fail, sometimes I forget, sometimes I lose my way but hey, at least I have something to refer to whenever that happens!


Time & Freedom

Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time. - John Lennon

Death

Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. - Steve Jobs

Patience

Patience is a virtue - William Langland

Kindness

Be kind to yourself - ?

Do well by doing good - Benjamin Franklin

Honesty

Life is hard enough so don’t give others a reason to doubt your intentions. - Me

Action & Uncertainty

Space reminds us how, in the grand scheme of things, we’re nothing and everything. - Me

Either decide to go for it or don’t. Seeking affirmation or inputs at times creates unnecessary doubt or leaks. - Milodino (Crypto friend)

Action skews the probabilities of success which others mistake as luck. - MJ DeMarco

Truly irreversible outcomes are far and few between, take a few steps back if you need to but never stop moving forward. - Me

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Will Durant (summary of Aristotle)

First do it, then do it right, then do it better. - Andy Osmani

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. - Elon Musk

Just open your mouth and ask. You’ll never know till you ask. - Me

Don’t tell others what you’ll do, show others what you’ve done. - Sahil Lavingia

Risk

The biggest risk is not taking any risk. - Mark Zuckerberg

Confidence

If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will believe in you? - Michael Korda

There isn’t anything in the world that can’t be made better. - Jack Valenti

Responsibility

Take extreme ownership and be responsible for what happens to you (good or bad). - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Fear, Regret. Failure & Rejection

Fear regret more than failure (or rejection). - Lisa Danforth

Don’t equate the quality of a decision with the quality of its outcome i.e. You have control over the quality of your decisions. You don’t have full control over the outcomes of your decisions. - Annie Duke

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. - Alexander Graham Bell

Do not fear that your best is not good enough, we have to start from somewhere. - Me!

Choice

Sometimes there isn’t a right choice so the only regret you can have is not making that decision for yourself because regardless of what you choose to do, there will always be things you like and things you don’t like. - Pursuit of Wonder

I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary. - Elon Musk

I could either watch it happen or be a part of it. - Elon Musk

Passion

Passion is not a plan, it is a feeling and feelings change over time. - Terri Trespicio

People who call themselves realists are often just dreamers who got their hearts broken somewhere along the way. - Ashley Stahl

Productivity

It’s not how little you sleep, it’s how much happiness and productivity you create while you’re awake - Gary Vee

Fun

If it’s not fun, why bother? - Reggie Fils-Aimé

Stories & Narratives

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. - Muriel Rukeyser.