Truthseeker – I am driven to seek the truth. I have a really low tolerance for bullshit. If you can’t back up or stand over your idea, chances are I’ll call you out. I expect, in fact demand the same in return. It keeps me honest and forces me to refine my arguments. It’s ok to be wrong but not deceptive.
Mistakes – I’ve made plenty and I’ll make plenty more. I don’t intentionally set out to but it is inevitable that I will. We should embrace our humanity not run away from it. One of the most important sentences in the English language is: “I was wrong”.
Scars – The most interesting people are the ones with scars. The people I have had the best conversations with and learned the most from, where the ones who earned the grazes on their knees. Scars add character and you can’t buy character.
Living on the edges – Your tribe should always have a healthy dose of people living on the edges. The quirky ones, the quiet ones, the goofy ones, the inquisitive ones, the stark raving mad ones, the ones that don’t fit the perfect mold. Great ideas rarely come from conformists.
Experience adds up – “Sometimes you have to do something in order to know you don’t want to do it.”. I’ve tried things in the past that I really wanted to do only to realize later that it wasn’t for me. This is never a waste of time. This is real learning and helps shape a transdisciplinary perspective.
Contrarians are your best friend – There has been a time in your life when you were told something that was uncomfortable but admittedly you needed to hear. A “yes man/woman” would never do this and so ultimately you suffer. Always surround yourself with people who keep it real.
Convention and conformity – Convention and conformity are the enemy of freedom. Be true to your beliefs and what you stand for. Never apologise for being different. “If everybody looked the same, we’d get tired of looking at each other” – Groove Armada.