(2021-07-22) Shapiro Starting Principles How To Turn Great Advice Into Action
Advice, on the other hand, is an instruction set for how to live. It’s complex knowledge—like the textbook lessons learned in school. To implement knowledge, you need to understand it, practice it, and sometimes memorize it. Or you fail your exam.
My solution is to treat advice like I can only remember a few pieces at a time. (focus)
The second cause of advice laziness is not knowing how to navigate advice overload. That’s what this post is about.
From experimenting with friends, we've discovered a limit to the number of principles we could easily memorize and recall throughout the day: six.
That left one more obstacle for acting on advice: building the self-control to pause when facing important decisions.
Write your starting six principles on a sticky note.
Look at them every morning for a month until they’re memorized.
List of principles
When advice is narrow, such as “Be nice to service people,” it’s more of best practice than a Starting Principle.
For example, the Starting Principle behind “Be nice to service people” could be "Start by assuming good intent."
How do you know when advice makes for a good principle? When it changes your behavior for the better. (self-improvement)
It must resonate emotionally and intellectually
When you add a new Starting Principle, you refine your identity.
therefore, they determine who you become.
The big question to ask yourself: Who do you want to become? (Hero's Journey)
we can influence who we become by being strategic about the experiences we pursue.