35 Principles for 35 Years

Shawn Wang compiles some Wisdom in this blogpost :

I turn 35 today. Here are 35 principles I have accumulated and try to live by […].

Here are the things from that post which resonated with me:

Life is too Short for Short Term Games

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Systems > Goals, Discipline > Motivation, Trust > Distrust, Principles > Tactics, Writing > Reading, Vulnerability > Confidence, North Stars > Low Hanging Fruit, Trends > News, Habits > Sprints, Questions > Answers, Problems > Solutions, People > Projects, Listening > Arguing, Empathy > Enmity, Values > Metrics, Actions > Reactions, Health > Wealth, Forgiveness > Revenge, Automation > Decision, Delegation > Control, Growth > Fixed mindset, “Yes, and” > “Well, actually”, Community > Solo effort, Identity > Outcomes, Science > Social Science, Integrity > Capability, Designing > Forecasting, History > Geography, Micro > Macro econ., Resilience > Perfection, Redundancy > Efficiency, Lasting > Winning, Wisdom > Intelligence, Drive > Inspiration, Investing > Spending, Proactive > Reactive, Data Structures > Algorithms, Audiobooks > Podcasts, Movies > TV, Boardgames > Computer games, Wearables > VR, Email > Slack, DM > Subtweet, Textbooks > Google, Courses > YouTube, Threads > Memes, Magazines > Newspapers, Theme songs > Soundtracks, Slogans > Billboards, Wikis > Q&A, Personal Blog > Medium, Reviews > Silence

Writing is Stupendously High Leverage

  • Helps to organize thoughts and learn
  • Share ideas and knowledge why you sleep

Good enough is Better than Best

A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week. — General George Patton

Less is more

Adding is favoured over subtracting in problem solving

Create Clarity

You can’t call yourself a leader by coming into a situation that is by nature uncertain, ambiguous — and create confusion. You have to create clarity where none exists. — Satya Nadella

See also The Importance of Career Laddering .

Optimize for change

Optimizing for anything else tends to make systems more fragile. See Optimized for Change .

Praise in Public, Criticize in Private

Exception for companies and people that are actively harming or misleading the vulnerable.

Log Your Wins

When you ship something big or small, or when someone says nice things about you.

Optimize for Retention, not Consumption

We are the sum total of still-relevant knowledge we still remember, not the total of the volume of content we consume.

Systems > Goals

You don’t rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. — James Clear

Earn White Collar, Spend Blue Collar

Don’t let your expenses rise as fast as your income.

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