Rules to live by

Do you have a set of rules, or principles, that guide how you approach life? I’d be willing to guess that you have some core values that whether consciously, or not, influence your day-to-day activities in some way.

Recently I’ve come across a couple of people who have articulated their principles as something to help hold themselves to account.

John Perry Barlow, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, had a list of 25 principles of adult behaviour

While John Maeda identified four rules that he uses as “a compass to live my life by”. I can really get behind these rules:

1. Don’t speak ill of others

2. Avoid passive aggressive behvior

3. Listen broadly, but don’t waffle on decisions

4. When in error – admit, apologize, move forward

Both Barlow and Maeda are clear that perfection isn’t the aim. These principles are something to strive for. Sometimes we might fail but having a set of standards that we can return to in those situations can help us to reflect, learn from our mistakes and do better next time.

Featured image by Cam DiCecca on Unsplash

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about emma

I am a coach and facilitator helping people to pause, reflect and make conscious choices about what comes next. In my writing I explore themes of personal development, reflective practice and what it means to live well.