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    The funny thing about life is it doesn’t come with a guide book, as people we generally grow up with a certain set of beliefs some from our parents, others from the environment around us. But rarely do we stop to question these operating principals.

    For me personally, the journey to becoming a man in my own right has been interesting. Without a father figure in my life I borrowed the best of what I saw from the people around me and the mentors I’ve encountered through life.

    This is my list of guiding principals so far; I will say this I’m not perfect in abiding by them all the time. But when I have moments of doubt creep in I know that I can turn to this to set me back in the right direction.

    I hope you find reading it as useful as I did writing.

    And if you have any of your own worth mentioning please let me know in the comments.

    Principles to live by:

    • The world owes you nothing
    • Trust your instinct, it’s there for a reason.
    • If you’re the smartest person in the room you need to find a new room. Stat!
    • Your income is in direct proportion to the quantity x severity of the problems you solve. (in true free market capitalism conditions)
    • No excuses! You already have or have access to all the tools, information and resources to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
    • Integrity is everything; integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching
    • There is no secret or ‘shortcuts’ in life. Get crystal clear on the outcome you want (vision), then do the required planning and execution to get it.
    • The ability to effectively communicate and influence people is by far the most valuable skill you will ever develop.
    • Money doesn’t change people, it simply amplifies what’s already there.
    • Not everyone is created equal, we each have our own unique makeup of natural and developed talents. This is what makes the world interesting. What we should strive for is a society in which all humans regardless of race, gender of political beliefs are treated with respect and dignity.
    • Choose who you spend your time with wisely. Our brains are essentially wired to adapt to stimulus. Therefore you’ll adapt to those within your sphere of influence.

    I’ll update this list as time goes on.

    I’m curious what would you add? Let me know in the comments.