Strong principles

Life is a series of decisions. You can live with no code making decisions based on external influences. Or you can establish a set of principles to live by taking ownership of your life.

As a tool a principle is a high leverage decision. It’s a decision of decisions. Your long-term beliefs, motivations, and behavior will change. In practice principles put each decision into perspective with your agenda. Guarding our agenda is important as more external influences attempt to manipulate us.

Some of the most successful people have praised strong principles.

Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behavior that gets you what you want out of life. They can be applied again and again in similar situations to help you achieve your goals. — Ray Dalio

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. — Leonardo da Vinci

Learn the principles, abide by the principles, and then dissolve the principles. — Bruce Lee

One principle I have is to be genuine. To me this is the observation of radical honesty. Honesty with myself, with others, and with reality. I acquired this after reading an autobiography about a refugee seeking asylum from Saddam Hussein’s regime. The author’s message was clear: to live with no secrets is a privilege.

Principles are the rudder that guides the ship through changing winds. The ambitious goals and vision we chart are only achievable when we take the helm.


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Avoiding analysis paralysis

Doing the right thing better (faster) requires more doing than thinking. There are two fundamentals for making quick decisions. Impulse and reversibility.

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The first fundamental is to make impulsive decisions. Counter to popular opinion impulsive thinking is extremely valuable. Your gut response is an evolutionary marvel. It was designed to save your life. All of the negative connotations are nullified once you’ve established big goals and strong principles.

Just do it. The first thing that comes to mind is your answer. Keep the flow. The answer should come quick and the return to doing even quicker.

Make it a habit. The cue or trigger is any decision or question. The response is to immediately form an answer. Your reward is to never procrastinate again.

The second fundamental to quick decisions is to make easily reversible decisions. This lowers the cost of changing your opinion. This preference will allow you to make more decisions faster.


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The cost of trying something

Is often artificially increased. We default to comfortably doing nothing. I risk nothing by doing nothing, right? False.

Doing nothing would only risk nothing if the world stopped spinning. But we’re surrounded by a constantly changing environment. Plans that work today will eventually expire as the game shifts.

The decision to not act and sit idle leads to atrophy. You lose the ability to think critically and do the work. We can observe this effect everywhere. Where there is comfort there is stagnation. We see it in big companies. We see it in wealthy families. Both are coddled by time. Both lose their fitness.

Taking action is practicing theory. It forces you to put your ideas out into reality. The real world quickly gives you the greatest tool of innovation; a reality check. You learn from both bad and good decisions. Do nothing, learn nothing.

Facing death you’re not going to regret the decisions you made. It’s going to be the decisions you didn’t make. The paths you didn’t take. Those opportunities are lost forever.


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Throughput of Jack and Jill

We all want time in our life to do the things we love. An effective method of finding time is deliberate process improvement.

Jack and Jill have the same skill level for activity A. They are both tasked to do activity A everyday. Jack thinks himself a hard worker and dedicates his entire day to doing activity A. Jill considers herself a smart worker and dedicates half of her day to doing activity A and the other half achieving a 5% process improvement on activity A. How long before Jill begins to outproduce Jack?

We know Jill needs to double her throughput to match Jack as she is only spending half of her day in activity A. With a daily 5% process improvement she’ll match Jack’s throughput in 20 days. In 21 days she is outproducing Jack. Any day after that she could stop process improvement, work only half of the day, spend the other half watching Netflix and still outproduce Jack.

Activity A can be any activity you do on any given day. The above example should highlight the dangers of accepting the status quo. Doing the same thing over and over may seem comfortable and least risky, but this is an illusion. Your peers are always improving. The least risky behavior is to invest in process improvement. For me activity A is writing blog posts. I plan to produce more in my effort to educate others about strategy and process.


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A business strategy

Businesses are the primary mechanism of value distribution in the free world. They engage in the exchange of goods and services. In a free and open market this leads to healthy competition. Competition rewards innovation. Everyone benefits from innovation.

In no particular order these activities define a business: make value, make sales, deliver value, and profit. Repeat each activity again and again.

Make Value

Without value you are a hobby.

Make Sales

Without sales you are a non-profit.

Deliver Value

Without the delivery of value you are a scam.

Profit

Without profit you are a bankruptcy.


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