My personal guidelines

These are the words I try to live by.

The guidelines listed below provide a framework through which I can make big decisions. I also use it to recalibrate top priorities.

Sharing them publicly scares me because they’re so meaningful and personal. So I’m stepping into the fear (Principle #4) and doing it anyway.

My hope is to inspire one person in the world to create their own guidelines or claim their own biases.

My personal guidelines:

🚀 Mission

  • Create art
  • Connect with others
  • Learn new things
  • Play sports

👓 Vision

  • Financial independence

📜 Principles

  1. Family comes first
  2. Choose joy
  3. Step into the excitement
  4. Bias towards action
  5. Focus on “the one thing”

⚙️ Strategy

  • Level up
  • Go on quests
  • Play the long game
  • Help people
  • Train for the win
  • Read to understand

“I’m just about that action, boss…I ain’t never seen no talking winning nothing. Been like that since I was little. I was raised like that…I’m gonna get it. Don’t need to talk about it.” — Marshawn Lynch, Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day interview with Deon Sanders


  • Make something that’s going to last forever

“The goal is to make forever music. You try to make music of the time, music of the moment. That works and people enjoy it. But when creating, the goal is to make something that’s going to last forever.” — Jay-Z, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

Originally publised on Medium, November 27, 2018 and updated on September 11, 2020

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