16 Rules to Live By

Over at 43Folders last week, Merlin posted a story about Stefan Sagmeister and a speech that was given at the TED conference. In this speech, Stefan puts forth a list of items that he has collected over time. He feels that these are a good set of distilled rules for happiness and design.

    1. Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
    2. Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
    3. Being not truthful works against me.
    4. Helping other people helps me.
    5. Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy.
    6. Everything I do always comes back to me.
    7. Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
    8. Over time I get used to everything and start taking it for granted.
    9. Money does not make me happy.
    10. Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.
    11. Assuming is stifling.
    12. Keeping a diary supports my personal development.
    13. Trying to look good limits my life.
    14. Worrying solves nothing.
    15. Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
    16. Having guts always works out for me.

      I think these are great ideas and well stated. Watch the video if you want to hear Stefan explain it himself. He is entertaining and eloquent.