Tenets – v1.08

This is the next revision my tenets – the core code I strive to live by. I'm not perfect – but overall getting clarity on these is helping me make better decisions with less effort.

This is an update based on almost a year of growth. When I wrote them, they were much more aspirational. Looking back, I see how I've integrated them into my core way of operating and it gives perspective on how far I've come this year.

The beauty of these Tenets is that they can continually evolve based on experiences and encounters throughout life – whether reading a book or having a profound conversation.

This quote also hit home with what I aim to achieve:

“When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don't. What you need is to identify the core principles — generally three to twelve of them — that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply various combinations of the core principles.”
–John Reed

v1.07 – 20160123

My Mission:
  • To empower those who will positively shape our world and beyond.
My Vision:
  • To share the lessons I've learned and help accelerate those who will shape our world.
  • To create tools and companies that support these MovementMakers.
  • To deepen connections with our tribe through speaking and writing.
  • To continue exploring the fringes to bring back and distill the lessons I learn.
The Core Tenets I seek to live by:
  • Value Self.
    • I love myself, am worthy and seek only my own approval.
    • I take care of my health – physically, mentally and spiritually.
    • I stand by my integrity to do what is right and play the long game.
    • I set boundaries, am not afraid of conflict or to question outside authority.
    • I take responsibility for getting my needs met, including asking for help.
    • I fully accept and allow my masculinity.
  • Connect.
    • I surround myself with worthy and inspiring companions.
    • I empathize and seek to understand the other side of the story while playing to win-win.
    • I am honest, clear and expressive of my feelings and do not push others away when I am fearful.
    • I allow myself to be fully seen.
  • Explore.
    • I continue to learn and explore with the beginner’s mind.
    • I strive to operate outside my comfort zones and forgive myself when I fail.
    • I lean into the uncomfortable fear that accompanies growth.
    • I let my intuition guide me.
  • Guide.
    • I am a leader who provides for and protects those I care for, when appropriate.
    • I share my knowledge, wisdom and emotions to illuminate the path for others.
    • I hold others up to the light of their potential.
  • Act.
    • Act from a place of love, not fear or anger.
    • Move now, do faster, be direct.
    • Discipline = Freedom. Leverage it to accomplish my goals.
    • When in doubt – if it will make a good story, and I expect to come back alive – do it.
    • Have fun and enjoy this amazing life.

I encourage you to make your own version – and you're welcome to use mine as a starting point.

I will continue to refine until they are clear and concrete. You can always find the latest version here: My Tenets

You can find older versions and see how they've evolved here: Older versions of my Tenets

Lastly – I think a lot about systems and aim to document them in a way that is useful to you. Here's where you can find what I've shared: My Systems