Principles: Table of Life Principles 1 and 2 (part 3 of 14)

Summary and Table of Life Principles

  • Think for yourself to decide 1) what you want, 2) what is true, and 3) what you should do to achieve #1 in light of #2, and do that with humility and open-mindedness so that you consider the best thinking available to you.
  • Look to the patterns of those things that affect you in order to understand the cause-effect relationships that drive them and to learn principles for dealing with them effectively.
  1. Embrace Reality and Deal with it
    1.  Be a hyperrealist 
      • a Dreams + Reality + Determination = A Successful life
    2. Truth – or, more precisely, an accurate understanding of reality – is the essential foundation for any good outcome.
    3. Be radically open-minded and radically transparent
      • Radical open-mindedness and radical transparency are invaluable for rapid learning and effective change
      • Don’t let fears of what others think of you stand in your way.
      • Embracing radial truth and radical transparency will bring more meaningful work and more meaningful relationships
    4. Look to nature to learn how reality works
      • Don’t get hung up on your vies of ow things “should” be because you will miss out on learning how they really are.
      • To be “good,” something must operate consistently with the laws of reality and contribute to the evolution of the whole; that is what is most rewarded.
      • Evolution is the single greatest force in the universe; it is the only thing that is permanent and it drives everything
      • Evolve or die.
    5. Evolving is life’s greatest accomplishment and its greatest reward
      • The individual’s incentives must be aligned with the group’s goals.
      • Reality is optimizing for the whole – not for you.
      • Adaptation through rapid trial and error is invaluable.
      • Realize that you are simultaneously everything and nothing – and decide what you want to be.
      • What you will be will depend on the perspective you have.
    6. Understand nature’s practical lessons
      • Maximize your evolution
      • Remember “no pain, no gain.”
      • It is a fundamental law of nature that in order to gain strength one has to push one’s limits, which is painful.
    7. Pain + Reflection = Progress
      • Go to the pain rather than avoid it.
      • Embrace tough love.
    8. Weigh second- and third-order consequences
    9. Own your outcomes
    10. Look at the machine from the higher level
      • Think of yourself as a machine operating within a machine and know that you have the ability to alter your machines to produce better outcomes.
      • By comparing your outcomes with your goals, you can determine how to modify your machine.
      • Distinguish between you as the designer of your machine and you as a worker with your machine.
      • the biggest mistake most people make is to not see themselves and others objectively, which leads them to bump into their own and others’ weaknesses again and again.
      • Successful people are those who can go above themselves to see things objectively and mange those things to shape change.
      • Asking others who are strong in areas where you are weak to help you is a great skill that you should develop no matter what, as it will help you develop guardrails that will prevent yo from doing what you shouldn’t be doing.
      • Because it is difficult to see oneself objectively, you need to rely on the input of others and the whole body of evidence.
      • If you are open-minded enough and determined, you can get virtually anything you want.
  2. Use the 5-Step Process to Get What You Want Out of Life
    1. Have clear goals
      • Prioritize: While you can have virtually anything you want, you can’t have everything you want.
      • Don’t confuse goals with desires.
      • Decide what you really want in life by reconciling your goals and your desires.
      • Don’t mistake the trappings of success for success itself.
      • Never run out a goal because you think it’s unattainable.
      • Remember that great expectations create great capabilities.
      • Almost nothing can stop you from succeeding if you have 1) flexibility and b) self-accountability.
      • Knowing how to deal well with your setbacks is as important as knowing how to move forward.
    2. Identify and don’t tolerate problems
      • View painful problems as potential improvements that are screaming at you.
      • Don’t avoid confronting problems because they are rooted in harsh realities that are unpleasant to look at.
      • Be specific in identifying your problems.
      • Don’t mistake a cause of a problem with the real problem.
      • Distinguish big problems from small ones.
      • Once you identify a problem, don’t tolerate it.
    3. Diagnose problems to get at their root causes
      • Focus on the “what is” before deciding “what to do about it.”
      • Distinguish proximate causes from root causes.
      • Recognize that knowing what someone (including you) is like will tell yo what you can expect from them.
    4. Design a plan
      • Go back before you go forward.
      • Think about your problem as a set of outcomes produced by a machine
      • Remember that there are typically many paths to achieving your goals.
      • Think your plan as being like a movie script in that you visualize who will do what through time.
      • Write down your plan for everyone to see and to measure your progress against.
      • Recognize that it doesn’t take a lot of time to design a good plan.
    5. Push through to completion
      • Great planners who don’t execute their plans go nowhere.
      • Good work habits are vastly underrated.
      • Establish clear metrics to make certain that you are following your plan.
    6. Remember that weaknesses don’t matter if you find solutions.
      • Look at the patterns of your mistakes and identify at which step in the 5-Step Process you typically fail.
      • Everyone has at least one big thing that stands in the way of their success; find yours and deal with it.