- Respect and support my family and close friends.
- Nothing is more important than health.
- Live life for today, and cherish each moment.
- Love exists, and it's worth a lot of work.
- Optimism is the best attitude; there is always room for hope, and a positive demeanor can lift spirits.
- Show your talents through behavior; be modest in your words but not your actions.
- Strive for perfection and optimization, but be wary of premature optimization, and be ok with satisficing when it doesn't really matter. (It feels sort of zen/yoga-ish to strive towards opposite, impossible goals, but that's what creates growth.)
- Keep myself and others to the highest standards.
- Learn to accept myself as enough.
- Follow through on each and every promise.
- Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous.
- There is something to be learned from each and every living creature. There are many people in the world who are so vastly different from me, and that's cool.
- There is way more that I don't know than I know, and there is way more that I don't even know that I don't know than I know.
- Never discriminate or jump to conclusions; there are always multiple possible explanations, and I should acknowledge my many natural and unavoidable biases and consciously keep them in mind.
- I can do anything with the right effort and the right people.
- Money is earned so it can be spent, not hoarded. It should be enjoyed for what it can produce. It is earned only so it can be spent on things that make you or others happy (including by giving it away). It is only a means to an end; learning, growth, health, improving the lives of others, family, and happiness are the bigger goals in life.
Inspired by the author of The Happiness Project, I decided to write down my own top personal commandments that came to mind quickly. I'm sure this list will change over time, and it'll be interesting to see how that happens.
About Max Mednik
Max is an avid entrepreneur, engineer, investor, magician, and student of life. He is a founder of AMA Capital. He graduated from Stanford and UCLA Anderson. He lives in Los Angeles with his family and spends his free time enjoying his many hobbies and interests.