I’m turning 30 this year.
Here they are, in no particular order:
- Communication is your most important skill, get good at it.
- Be kind first, be right later.2
- Don’t make your problems other people’s problems.
- Read more books.
- Help others succeed, and they’ll help you succeed in the long term.
- It’s only awkward if you make it awkward.
- When giving presents, the perceived value counts, not the actual value (this goes in both directions).
- Your vacation starts when you leave your house and ends when you’re back in your house.
- People care more about stories than facts.
- Find someone outside your bubble that you can talk to and make sure you’re both able to understand where the other comes from.
- Think of yourself as the person you want to be, not the person you are.3
- Trust is the most important ingredient when building a team.
- Always choose the long-term option to leverage the compound effect.3
- Create systems instead of chasing goals.3
- Don’t let your expenses rise as fast as your income.
- Make time for your brain to work without distractions to allow the mind to wander.4
- Less is more.5
- Always expand your knowledge, skills and network to be ready when opportunities arise.6
- Curious people are smart. Be curious.7
- Don’t be afraid to look stupid.8
- Keep a can-do mindset.9
- Don’t get discouraged because of existing work. Instead, try to find ways to put your own spin on it.
- It’s never as easy as it looks.10
- Perfection is the enemy of good.11
- Good design requires as little cognitive overhead as possible to use.12
- When creating, take all the shortcuts you can to get a prototype which you can iterate on.
- Under-promise and over-deliver.
- Always do extra.13
- Keep a brag document.14
- Surround yourself with people who are passionate about their work.
Thoughts? I’d love to hear from you!
Philosophical Dictionary (Voltaire, 1764) ↩
The Design of Everyday Things (Norman, 2013) ↩