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Inspired by The Nametag Guy, I decided to codify my philosophy. This is a short list of what I stand for and what I try to say in my blog. These concepts are discussed in great detail in my e-book and consistently in this blog.
1. Use your Comparative Advantage – All men are not born equal. Whoever tells you that is lying. All men should deserve an equal opportunity to excel, to be happy and to use their comparative advantage. That is the truth. And there is a big difference between the two.
2. Embrace the Difference Between Leaders and Managers – Leaders are agents of change. They focus on the future. Managers help people excel. They focus on the present.
3. Strive for Excellence – Never try to be better than someone else, always try to be the best you can be. Success is often measured by comparison to others. Excellence, on the other hand, is all about being the best we can be and maximizing our gifts, talents and abilities to perform at our highest potential.
4. Be Passionate – We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand
5. Call it as you see it – Be true to yourself. Ignore everybody else. Nobody cares anyway.
6. Cast Doubt – Don’t let the fact that there is a simple answer to the question: “How?” blind you from asking the question “Why?”.
7. Communicate - We have one mouth and two ears. We should use them twice as much.
8. Learn and Improve Constantly – When your only tool is a hammer every problem suddenly looks like a nail.
9. Make Trade-offs – Life is about difficult choices. About setting priorities. Instead of trying to be good at everything, we should focus our attention on being the best at one thing.
10. Celebrate Contradictions – F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that “the true test of a first-rate mind is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time”. Thus, don’t forget:
Good enough is not good enough. Beware of the fallacy of the average and the allure of mediocrity. Going safe is the riskiest thing you could do.
But, at the same time.
Don’t let the great be the enemy of the good. Be willing to fail miserably and then fail again. Fail better.