Manifesto

I believe . .

We’re all getting better at whatever we’re doing right now.

We are constantly re-wiring our brains for the next moment.
 This means that analyzing the past is useful, but ruminating is not.

Fear should be given attention but no power

If you’re scared of something, that’s a pretty good indication that you should do it.

I believe that a good way to add value to the world is by being good at one thing.

I believe that a good way to enjoy life is by being good at lots of things.

I believe that work-life balance is a fallacy.

Life always has a way of knocking things out of alignment, so seeking balance is impractical.
It’s more productive and feasible to seek work-life symbiosis, instead.

I believe being done is better than being perfect.

Getting version 1 out into the world is better than withholding something imperfect forever.
You can’t help people if you don’t ship it.

I believe in people over process.

As process matures, it creates bureaucracy, which is a layer of work that slows the system from change.
It usually comes at the expense of its people’s time and energy, which can be exhausting and demoralizing.
Focusing on people helps keep things simple, light, and motivating.

Real change comes from consistent “emotional labor” over time.

If we treat people as they want to be treated, they will reflect those habits to every successive generation.

I believe that love = action.

Ideas, wishes, and dreams impact no one except the inert dreamer.
Talk without action is a selfish indulgence.

Rules are our servants, not the other way around.

If a rule is not useful or if it creates more work; disobey it and accept the consequences gladly.

I believe you almost never have to wait for permission to make something useful.

The more we create a culture of rule- and authority-fearing, the more we paralyze our future change-makers.
Our children deserve a future built on a legacy of action, intelligence, and fierce kindness, not one built on bias, greed, or anti-intellectual irrationality.

I believe we are all brilliant animals.

Reconciling our primal instincts with executive intellect is how we will reach our potential.

I believe that information should be free.

As information, resources, and power belong to everyone, we decrease the likelihood they will be misused.
Everyone should have anequal opportunity to work hard for social impact.

When we’re doing hard work, days will always be longer than years.

As each new day terminates the last, I believe we are each given new conditions and opportunities to be commanders of our own present. We are each responsible for being the scientists of ourselves.
Build. Measure. Learn. Repeat.

I believe that all good work begins as science and end as art.

Slow, deliberate, practiced movements become natural and intuitive.
We can do things that weren’t possible before.
We can be an anomaly to our past selves!

And I believe that if you want to be an anomaly,

you need to wake up every day

and act like one.