What Ten Maxims Do You Think Everyone Should Live By?
- Read: Most all human knowledge, experience, and imagination have been encoded into words on paper. Don’t let that incredible value go to waste.
- Learn history and science: History tells us where we’ve been, science tells us where we could go. We must know where we’ve been to know where we want to go, and where we don’t want to go.
- Question everything, privately: Everyone could be wrong, but don’t go around breaking things on a hunch.
- Go outside: It’s there for a reason.
- Only worry about what people you admire think of you: Too much worry is paralyzing, but some worry can be motivating.
- Think through problems you have yet to encounter: Your brain has free time, might as well put it to work. Could be useful someday.
- Be ambitious: There’s always something greater you could be doing.
- Emulate heroes: If they don’t know what to do, who does?
- Try things you don’t think you can do: You probably can, and then you’ll know, and you can move up the hierarchy of those who do things.
- Leave the world a better place than you found it: Or at best you will be forgotten, and at worst you will live in infamy.
The purpose of this exercise is to spark thought and discussion, but also to collect data about what people think is most important. So it would be awesome if others shared their own maxims, in comments or posts. Explanations of the maxims are not necessary, though they are insightful. Thanks in advance to those who are interested and generous enough to participate.