If you know you can’t do a good job, don’t take it on. If it’s going to distract you from doing work that really matters, don’t do it.
If you’d be unhappy to see it printed in the paper, reconsider.
If it creates a habit that hurts you in the long run, don’t start.
If it doesn’t move you towards what really matters, walk away.
‘Urgent’ seems really important at the time, and it causes us to say ‘yes’ to things that we would be best to say ‘no’ to. How often have you been ‘flat out busy’ yet felt like you achieved nothing?
Don’t fool yourself with the urgent/important matrix; if it’s urgent it’s probably because you neglected the important.
Passion is killed by saying ‘yes’ to the unimportant because it fills our lives with things that don’t move us forward.
Happiness is found in progress, and progress is created when we are conscious of what we say ‘yes’ to and what we say ‘no’ to.
There’s a tendency to gather information, and more information, and more information, indefinitely if a decision is important.
Your next 40 years will be determined by your next ten years.
A mantra I live by in business is, ‘tolerance is the enemy of excellence.’
Functional fixes are not solutions for existential misalignments.
If you’re buying your lunch from someone, what happens if he’s 20cms shorter than you?
It’s almost certain that what’s being agreed isn’t fully understood.
Don’t be a dick.
Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne said: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”
In tennis, the majority of the game is spent volleying.
I own a wealth management company called MedCapital