Sunday, February 4, 2018

My 12 Rules for Life

Jordan Peterson started this. Many have been following. I like Tyler Cowen's, Megan McArdle's, and Arnold Kling's among others.

Here is my contribution to the cause:

  1. Try more things--reach out for more variety along all relevant dimensions.
  2. Quit more things.
  3. Read more (quantity, quality, and variety). 
  4. Practice ‘Hell Yeah!’ Or ‘No’.
  5. Listen with intention. 
  6. Smile more. 
  7. Choose honesty, demand the same, and respect when you get it. 
  8. Pursue what is being rewarded but always to the satisfaction of high ethical standards. 
  9. Trust your gut instincts. 
  10. Ask your spouse, children, immediate boss, and parents for permission. For everyone else, ask forgiveness. 
  11. Change your mind. Distance yourself from those who won’t. 
  12. Forgive and move on.