There’s an answer on Quora, to the question:
What are the most valuable things everyone should know?
In the answer, Jordan listed “things” that are valuable. I picked the things that highly resonated with me and removed those that does not necessarily apply to me right now.
I recognize these values as my own and strive to live by them. I’m far from embodying all of them, for now.
Here’s the list:
- Always tell the truth.
- Do not do things that you hate.
- Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act.
- Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
- If you have to choose, be the one who does things, instead of the one who is seen to do things.
- Pay attention.
- Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you need to know. Listen to them hard enough so that they will share it with you.
- Plan and work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationships.
- Be careful who you share good news with.
- Be careful who you share bad news with.
- Make at least one thing better every single place you go.
- Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that.
- Do not allow yourself to become arrogant or resentful.
- Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
- Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.
- Maintain your connections with people.
- Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
- Be precise in your speech.
- Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
- Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way — and don’t do unnecessarily dangerous things.
- Don’t let bullies get away with it.
- Remember that what you do not yet know is more important than what you already know.
- Be grateful in spite of your suffering.