13 Things I Believe

Inspired by 13 15 Things I Believe by Bob Sutton.

  1. Integrity above all. Make sure you can always look at yourself in the mirror. Be truthful to yourself. Don’t have hidden agendas.
  2. Do the right thing. Even if it's hard, even if it means killing your darlings, even if it makes you look bad. Be courageous: "no guts, no glory".
  3. Always go all-in. Deeply care about what you do. Be passionate. Apathy is your biggest enemy.
  4. Fail early and often.Indecisiveness is often worse than making a wrong decision. Take risks, forgive yourself for mistakes, apologize, adjust, pivot. Shut up, move on.
  5. Get on track and get out of the way. Show the path, trust people on execution. Always be on your team's side.
  6. Assume good intentions. Context and circumstances shape bad reactions and outcomes. Don't hate. Never forget there's a human at the other side of the screen.
  7. Tools matter.Tools shape culture and drive efficiency. Use the right tools for your craft. Take human dependencies out of equation if you can.
  8. Pay it forward. Be grateful about opportunities and people. Empower, mentor and grow others as they've done for you.
  9. Accept ambiguity. It's part of life, remove it where you can, but don’t let it paralyze you. Don’t use it as an excuse.
  10. Innovate from the bottom up. Tackle the daily pains first. Know where you're going, but only as much as really required to be able to pivot if you're wrong. Execution heavily influences future business strategy, so execute well.
  11. Trust your guts, validate with data. Assume you are right, but build confidence before execution. 70% certainty is often enough (see Jeff Bezos’ annual shareholder letter - section on High-velocity decision making).
  12. Quality first. There's too much dilution on quality. Negotiate on scope, not quality. Be a perfectionist. Know when to stop ("Write tests. Not too many. Mostly integration.").
  13. Don't take yourself too seriously. Life has plenty of challenges already. Banter, have fun, laugh.