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Some rules I try to follow

nicolasdw profile image Nicolas-DW Originally published at youstack.space ・3 min read

1 - Don’t try to reach perfection

Often I used to be afraid of doing things that were not perfect.
I lost some great occasions to make things. Because I considered I wasn’t ready.
Truth is, if you think that way, you’ll never start anything. Allow yourself not being what you dreamed of, but to lead the way to become, some day, a better person. And it starts NOW.

2 - Don’t be too arsh about yourself

You’re not your ennemy. You’re your best friend. Be your first supporter/fan. If you don’t believe in yourself, who’s gonna be?
You’re a great person, I know it. The fact that you’re a living person, with billions of connections in your brain, the fact that you doubt about you and the fact that you try to improve yourself; all that prove that you are a miracle.
Don’t EVER waste your time believing that you don’t worth anything. Make WAR on any negative thought, anxiety, sadness and embrace life, motivation, and joy.

The good news about all this, is that there is no good way of doing things, don’t listen to people who tells you that you have to wake up at 5am, do tremendous sport and never allow yourself some rest.
This is bullshit, do what the hell you want to do, as long as it makes you happy. And if you are happy, you will be able to help others. But help yourself first. Just try to push yourself a little bit everyday, in that way, you will be proud of yourself (if it’s not already the case).

3 - Know what you want

It’s important not to disperse yourself, focus helps you to be efficient and to learn faster and better. But to do that, you’ll have to know what you want to do. What are your milestones objectives and your goals (in life and in dev.)
I’ve wasted so much time trying to learn a wide range of subjects. It’s a good habit, but to build your general knowledge (see point 5), not to master a specific subject.

4 - Invest on boredom

A creative mind is a mind that knows the importance of boredom. When you do nothing (and I’m not talking about thinking about nothing, but to let your mind be free of constraint), your brain use that time to build better connections, learns to be creative and thinks freely of things you can’t because of too many distractions the modern world offers. (that is good but like everything, too much is no good.)

5 - Build general knowledge

Build general knowledge from a very wide number of sources. What makes a difference between two specialists, sometimes, is the capacity of being interested in other things. That way, you can make bridges between many subjects build ideas, ways of thinking and qualities that will be extremly usefull for you and for the people who work (or will work) with you.

Bonus

Be patient, have fun and listen to others only to take what is usefull and throw the rest away.
One last thing: Like every subjects, things tend to be more subtle than exposed here. For example, sometimes, you will have to blindly believe to trusted mentors, who can make you evolve like you wouldn’t alone, or not to fall in the trap of being a teacher to others too early, it’s not good for you if you’re not experienced enough.
But that will be a post on it’s own soon.

Thanks for reading! Take care.

PS: I don’t assume that you weren’t aware of all that. But if it can be usefull to someone, my goal will be fullfilled!

– English is not my native language, so please excuse the many mistakes I can make while writing… –

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I'm learning enthousiaste, interested in too many things.

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