What’s your credo? Are you able - am I able - to condense in to just a few lines the standards by which you try to live along with the things you believe to be most important?
The thought has been rolling around in my head since I came across Ben Brooks’s credo a while back:
"Less is more There are no half-assed solutions Readability is of utmost importance We are who we are Working 40 hours is unnecessary Being creative is necessary"
I was fascinated - and impressed - to see that he’d included the point about readability. Unfortunately, it’s not something that many of us would elevate to the level of being part of a personal credo. Or if we did, we’d probably present it as yellow typeface on a white background…Anyway, whilst I could have happily signed up to Ben’s list as my own, I preferred to look around a wee bit more. I’m glad I did because I came across Tony Schwartz’s Ten Principles to Live by in Fiercely Complex Times on the HBR blog. Three in particular resonated with me:
- Always challenge certainty, especially your own.
- If you do what you love, the money may or may not follow, but you’ll love what you do.
- You can’t change what you don’t notice and not noticing won’t make it go away.
So, rolling all of this together, I’ve had a go at drafting my own credo:
- Challenge certainty
- Be curious and look for the unexpected ((Inspired by a Robert Mapplethorpe quote, I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before))
- Empathy and humility are worth striving for
- Love at least 60% of what you do in your day job
- Ignite the imagination ((Inspired by an Emily Dickinson quote, Ignite the imagination and light the slow fuse of the possible))
I’d be fascinated to get your thoughts and opinions.