My Fundamental Truths
Posted: May 15, 2021
Things that I believe fundamentally and use to guide my decisions.
This list will be updated as my beliefs evolve — and that's a good thing!
- Everyone always thinks they're the good guy.
- Pessimists win in the short term, optimists win in the long run.
- Optimists may also win in the short term, but pessimists never win in the long run.
- Luck is always a component of success — but so is hard work. They are not mutually exclusive. Both are necessary but not sufficient.
- Curiosity is always a good thing.
- Nothing in life is truly a zero-sum game; most things are positive-sum.
- "It's not what you know, it's who you know" isn't quite true — it's really that you don't need to prove what you know to those who you know.
- You're standing in your own way far more often than you realize.
- Life is all about comparisons — happy is nothing without sad, busy is nothing without calm, etc. Good cannot exist without bad.
- There is always so much more middle ground than you initially see. Beware of alienating others.
- You can't regret making what was the right decision at the time.
- If something seems complex, it's simpler than you think. If something seems simple, it's more complex than you think. Dig in to find out.
- Good people can do bad things, and bad people can do good things. Don't assume that something is bad because a bad person is doing it.
- Anyone who says you need to "do your time" (in school, in a career, etc.) is both wrong and protecting their own interests.
- It's often easier to change your environment than your reactions to it.
- Winning is better than not losing.
- What someone says they want and what they actually want are almost always significantly different.
- None of these truths are truly universal, everything will have exceptions.
- See "if something seems simple, it's more complex..."