Values I swear by

A personal list of principles and values that I always keep close to my heart. Because life will always throw you challenges that will diverge you from your focus, and only a clear set of principles will help you get back to the right track even when sidetracked.

To serve as a reminder of who I am, and as a time capsule for myself to see will my value change over time.

As of 2021-12-21 today, here's a list of values and principles that I swear by.

  1. If a 5 year-old can't understand what I am explaining, I don't really understand it
  2. Low hanging fruits are low hanging because they are undesirable
  3. Always be helpful, and I don't need power nor status to start being helpful to those who are around me
  4. Being shitty will always bite back. Don't be shitty or do sloppy work
  5. Respect never comes with power nor status: it comes from wisdom
  6. When money is taken away from the equation, usually what's left is respect
  7. Asking for advices is a sign of wisdom, because it requires courage and humbleness
  8. Talk is cheap; Always be the change that I want to see first
  9. Difference between making a tough call and an idiotic call; Both are a form of madness, but a dumb call are just a repetition of human history yet expecte different results
  10. Listen and learn - is the best way to find out what is the right thing to do; thinking alone and think that I can come up with all the right answers are just sheer arrogrance
  11. Keep the speed up by taking pragmatic risks. Only agonize over irreversible decisions. Be reliable and follow through. If I say I'll do something, do it
  12. Trust others and assume good intent. If I need to build context and understanding, always ask and share information freely
  13. Always drive with a mission and a goal. I won't go anywhere if I don't have a focus to begin with
  14. As a product person, I pay close attention to the problems people (not just outside of the company) want to solve with better tools and services, and follow their lead. If I don't do a good job of that, I should not exist
  15. Debate to make progress, not to win
  16. Give direct feedback no matter who I am with, because that's how ideas are explored, trust is built, respect is earned, and lesson is leaned
  17. Being kind is not the same as being nice. Being kind is about taking responsibility for my impact on the people around me, and being mindful about how I can help others to grow
  18. Give credit where credit is due

It is to no surprise some of the values are a reference from some of the brightest product companies, such as Notion, and Dovetail. I would like to take some of them as a reference because I coudn't find a better way to put them into words.