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.