Rules for Life

Posted on Feb 18, 2022
  1. If it takes less than 2 mins to do, do it now. The mental overhead to remember is more than the inconvenience to do it now.

  2. Do things, tell people.1

  3. Build a model of everything. The model doesn’t have to be perfect but just better than a coin toss. Absorb the fact that you could be 100% wrong.2

  4. Be selective in what you believe in. There are good ideas in bad people’s brain; bad ideas in good people brain. As Gandhi said, hate the sin not the sinner.

  5. Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true. That is: don’t be the best; be the only.

  6. Work as hard as you can. Even though who you work with and what you work on are more important than how hard you work.

  7. A deadline weeds out the extraneous and the ordinary. It prevents you from trying to make it perfect, so you have to make it different. Different is better.3

  8. Promptness is a sign of respect. Be impatient. 4

  9. Never leave an empty water bottle. Fill it up when it’s near-empty.

  10. Content is more important than the medium it’s processed or presented in.

  11. Experiments are usually easier than creating theories. Prove it to yourself.

  12. If you can’t decide, the answer is no.

  13. Do things that your future self will thank you for.

  14. Ask dumb questions. Don’t be afraid to be wrong.

  15. Don’t use alarm everyday. Only use when you’ve to wake up at a specific time. Let your brain rest.

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  2. Darwin writes in his autobiography that he found it necessary to write down every piece of evidence which appeared to contradict his beliefs because otherwise they would disappear from his mind. When you find apparent flaws you’ve got to be sensitive and keep track of those things, and keep an eye out for how they can be explained or how the theory can be changed to fit them. ↩︎

  3. From Kevin Kelly ↩︎

  4. So there you have it: patience is overrated. But perseverance? Now that has some value. ↩︎