Rules to live by

Creating a list of rules to live by can be a great way to make sure we’re acting in line with our values.

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.


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