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Be proud of yourself — Universal Principles

Principle — Be proud of yourself

No matter what you do

Derek Sievers points out something which is really fairly obvious, but that is easy to forget.

You have to know your preferences well, because no matter what you do, someone will tell you you’re wrong.

Don’t try too hard to adjust yourself to what other people think. Other people don’t agree with each other anyway.

Soaring Magazine, by marsmettnn tallahassee

Or put differently, be yourself – everyone else is taken.

June 21, 2013   2 Comments

Put your name on it

Something I believe strongly in, here expressed by Seth Godin.

If you can’t sign it, don’t ship it.

Easy to say, hard to do. Many people choose to work for a big organization precisely so they can avoid signing much of anything.

Are you proud of your work? Would you sign it?

How to get your kids to write thank-you notes, by MaX

August 9, 2011   Comments Off

Special habits

A quote from the Personal Leadership course by LMI on the power of thoughts. [FTBM]

We must realize that properties such as confidence, self esteem, enthusiasm and determination are nothing but a special kind of habits.

Serendipity, by Mr eNil

January 6, 2011   Comments Off

Summarize the year

When one year ends and another begins, it is a natural point to reflect on the year that has passed. As an exercise which might prove rather rewarding, try summarize all the great things you’ve done in the year past. Go through your calendar, your diary, your facebook wall, twitter, notes, your memory, and anything else which might remind you of the positive things you’ve done during the last 12 months. Or look at the principles on this site, and for each of them try to come up with positive examples of when you’ve followed them in your life. Gather all the things you come up with, big and small alike, in one long positive list.

So it goes, by Brian HathcockNow, pick your top 10 things from the list. Merge or summarize multiple items if you feel like it. Try to be concrete. Try to be positive. Don’t be shy even though it might feel like bragging. (It is bragging, and it is okay!)

Then create a document with these 10 items. Limit yourself to a single page. Choose some nice fonts, try to make a nice layout, or perhaps add some pictures. Anything which will make you happy when you look at it. Then print that document and put it clearly visible in your home, where you will see it during the day. It might be in your kitchen, next to your bed, or wherever fits you. Never mind if someone else sees it, that’s okay. After all, you have reason to be proud of the things on that list anyway!

Finally, to take my own advice, here are the 10 things that I’ve done during 2010 that I’m the most proud of.

  • Followed my heart and switched job
  • Purposefully acted to increase quality at my work
  • Got a new apartment with a first hand contract
  • Increased my salary by 10k SEK per month and saved 50k
  • Gained an overview and took control of my personal economy
  • Lived healthily and exercised regularly
  • Became more outgoing, made more presentations, and shared knowledge
  • Put together after works, parties, bachelor parties, and other events
  • Ran regularly and finished the half-marathon Göteborgsvarvet
  • Took a very challenging but rewarding course in personal development

December 30, 2010   Comments Off

Do not apologize

Sturnella superciliaris, by Dario Sanches

One of the board member at my first company once said to me: [FTBM]

You never need to apologize for being young or inexperienced. Be humble, certainly, but do not apologize for yourself!

Well, maybe this wasn’t worth publishing. I’m sorry I did. I won’t do it again…

December 30, 2010   2 Comments