Katie Koestner and Claire Kaplan interviewed me last night for an upcoming segment of Dear Katie.
At one point, I mentioned some Principles Susan and I put together over the years based on our journey. These Principles are the ones we used to guide our lives and the company we created. They’ve appeared in many places over the years.
Someone once asked me if I lived up to the Principles myself.
“Hell no. That’s why I post them. So they can be a guide to me, so I’ll know when I’m not following them.”
Like so much in my life, they are for me. If others benefit from them, wonderful. But first and foremost, they are for me.
You may not like them all. You may only be comfortable with one or two.
Good start. Work to integrate them all. Find that difficult? As noted above, if they were easy for me to follow I wouldn’t have to write them down.
Below are the first ten. Feel free to read through the rest of them. Feel free to make them your own.
- Do unto others as if they were you.
In other words, cut out the middle man. Treat others the way you treat yourself. People do this anyway. All we do is suggest you become aware of it.
- Trust yourself.
Until you do this, you’ll never be able to trust others and you’ll put what trust you have in people who will hurt you.
- Be Honest.
With yourself first because it makes it easier to be honest with others. Honesty will cost you and what it returns is worth it. Tell tall tales, lie with the best of them and exaggerate all you want when people know that’s what you’re doing. The rest of the time, be honest.
- Respect people’s boundaries and limits.
There’s a difference between being selfish and being selfless. Realize what this means for you and you’ll realize what it means for others.
- Keep it Simple.
Because it’s so much easier that way.
- Take responsibility for your actions.
When you make a mistake and before anybody else knows the mistake has been made, raise your hand and say loud enough for others to hear you, “That one’s mine. I did that.” If the people around you are more interested in pointing their fingers at you and distancing themselves from you than helping you clean things up, you’re standing around the wrong people. Let them distance themselves. They won’t be around you when you succeed, and you will, because you’ll have learned how to stand up tall, proud and free by recognizing, owning up to and cleaning up your own mistakes. From this you’ll also learn compassion and dignity and how to help others clean up their mistakes, as well. Along with this…
- Mistakes are just that; You can reach again.
So learn to stretch when you have to and to recognize when what you’re reaching for isn’t something you’d want to hold in your hands. You’ll be better for it and so will those who love you.
- Innocence is not Naivety and vice-versa.
Think of this as a self-recognition of “…wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
- Your rights end where your willingness to harm and hurt begin.
If you need this one explained, you won’t get along here. If you needed a moment to put this into a context you could get comfortable with, you won’t get along here.
- Language is a tool, like Maslow’s Hammer.
Some people think everything’s a nail. Be neither. This is part 1.
Until the interview goes live, you can get a taste here from my tech check.