This is a ripoff of Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life.
These rules work for me. Reverse or ignore this advice as appropriate for your own circumstances.
1. Cultivate an indomitable will.
Article Ⅰ. I am an American fighting in the forces that guard my country and our way of life, I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
Article Ⅱ. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
Article Ⅲ. If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
Article Ⅳ. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
Article Ⅴ. Should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies.
Article Ⅵ. I will never forget that I am an American fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
―United States Army Code of Conduct
"What does Article Ⅱ 'the means to resist' mean?" the platoon sergeant asked.
Lsusr raised his hand.
"Go ahead Lsusr," the platoon sergeant said.
"If I still have an e-tool, I have a means to resist," Lsusr said.
There was a thoughtful pause.
"I appreciate the tenacity. However, under the Code of Conduct, you are not REQUIRED to beat the poor guy to death with you e-tool. Though it is certainly an option to consider," the platoon sergeant said.
―Lsusr is the father of Lsusr
Willpower gives you options. The simplest way to build willpower is via savage trials of pure effort. Physical willpower transfers easily to intellectual willpower.
2. Do everything that frightens you.
The obvious exceptions to this rule could fill a book. The non-obvious exceptions could fill a library. I find it a useful heuristic anyway.
- Do not criticize privately someone who expresses zir opinions publicly.
- Do not condemn in words someone else's actions.
- Do not complain, ever.
Speak in positive declarations. Never make excuses.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
―Citizenship in a Republic by Theodore Roosevelt
4. Remove toxic people from your life.
People who criticize, condemn and complain are toxic. So is anyone who angers frequently, anyone who regularly indulges in wishful thinking and anyone who cannot be relied upon.
This rule applies to meatspace. You should not stop publishing your art online just because someone hurt your feelings.
5. Ignore anything that won't matter ten years from now.
Ignore news and advertising. Watch little TV. Play few videogames.
The things that matter aren't necessarily the ones people would call "important." Having coffee with a friend matters. You won't feel later like that was a waste of time.
―Life is Short by Paul Graham
6. Create more information than you consume.
There are many exceptions to this rule. Kids need to read lots of books. You should write more as an adult to compensate.
Spend no more time reading blogs than you do writing them.
7. Assume other people are sheep.
This works better the more exceptionally nonconformist you are.
8. Assume all people act inefficiently.
This works best if you are exceptionally capable. If you are among stupidest 85% of people then reverse this advice.
9. Do things the hard, cheap, unpopular way.
Often there are two ways of doing something:
- One option is popular, expensive (in dollars) and easy (in effort).
- One option is unpopular, cheap (in dollars) and hard (in effort).
When you encounter a choice like this, take the hard option. Lift barbells. Start a company. Configure your computer so you can operate it without a mouse. Give Zen a shot (and then quit if you don't observe benefits within 15 minutes).
Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.
― Bill Gates
10. Be prepared.
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing," said Lord Baden-Powell.
11. Steal like an artist.
12. Tell as much truth as you can get away with.
Tell the truth — or, at least, don’t lie
―Rule #8 of Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos