Solid Principles You Can Apply Starting Now

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2017-05-11-06.55.08-e1494638248949-300x276 Solid Principles You Can Apply Starting Now work environment meetings advice   Anyone who has worked with me knows that I abide by a few fundamental principles that I often apply to various situations and problems. Several of them have served me well for a long time. They come to mind in situations that are reminiscent of previous experiences. These principles are rarely themselves the ultimate solution to a problem, but they always offer insight into how to find a solution.

I am going to share some of my favorite ones with you.

Coderhood Principles

  1. Only three “numbers” matter: zero, one, and more-than-one.
  2. Assumption is the evil mother of all mistakes 1
  3. Hope is not a strategy.
  4. Every question is a good question.
  5. If something is unclear to you, you are likely in good company.
  6. Trust your instincts, question your fears.
  7. Make decisions based on what you know.
  8. If you make somebody guess, and they guess wrong, you are at least 50% responsible for it. 2
  9. Be good on people and hard on ideas.
  10. Change is inevitable. Make it happen, before it happens to you.
  11. Never compromise on a high hiring bar.

I encourage you to read these principles a few times. Internalize them and try to apply them. Doing so often will allow you to discover their inherent meaning, which will provide guidance in many decisions, actions, and behaviors.

This is the first of a series of posts, one for each of the principles. The posts are intended to add some of my interpretations to the principles and provide suggestions on how to use them. However, it is important that you seek your own interpretations, and that you find ways to apply them in that context.

I am interested in hearing stories of how you were able to apply these principles to your work and life. Please let me know using the comment section or the contact form.

  1. Credit: Eugene Lewis Fordsworthe
  2. Credit: Jessie Woolley-Wilson
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  1. Kamran

    Principle 2 and 4 resonate with me. I’ve found that even the smallest assumptions, no matter how reasonable they seem, are often what cause expectations to be missed. This brings me to principle 4, which is what I use when asking the obvious questions to reconcile any assumptions I’m making. You’d be surprised how often these types of questions not only reveal false assumptions, but newly identified issues related to the problem being solved.

    1. lpasqualis (Post author)

      Exactly! Every time that I fight the urge to ask a question thinking that it is too obvious to ask… I ask it anyway and I am regularly surprised by how it wasn’t obvious at all. In fact, assuming that a question is “dumb” is violating principle #2, which reinforces principle #4.
      Thank you for reading!!


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