Will’s Personal Development Values & Manifesto

I realized I never laid out my brand’s culture and values. And because of that, I can sometimes unintentionally attract the wrong type of people as my followers and community. Or there’s just confusion on what I stand for.

I figured it would be implicit through my content, but it’s a lot to sift through and piece together. So here are the values I try to live by.

  • Do the right thing ethically. This will pay off in the long run. 
    • Do the right thing even if no one is watching.
    • If you make a promise keep it. If you say you’ll pay someone, pay them. Don’t lie, cheat, steal, screw someone over.
    • In the modern world, this will pay off in the long run. People will remember you. You will develop a reputation and brand. Those who get screwed over will remember you later on.
    • This value is crucial since I found that not everyone interested in self-growth and personal development follow this value. Some have made the decision that they’re willing to cheat, screw over other people, steal from others, etc. to get what they want. They are not part of the tribe I’m trying to build. In fact, years ago, I left a Facebook Group for self development of Asian men because some of the admins and members were bragging and discussing how they got a girl to cheat on their man. If they’re going to cheat on their man, they’ll cheat on you. Plus, the more you hang around unscrupulous people, the more it rubs off on you.
  • Your skills and ability are not static. You can learn to improve your skills and results in various areas of your life. 
    • A core belief that leads you on a journey to improve your communication skills, social skills, business skills, dating skills, fitness, productivity, habits, willpower, etc.
  • Learn and be curious with an open mind.
    • To grow and improve, you have to believe you can and then absorb the right stuff from the right people to grow. That requires constant learning and action.
  • Eliminate biases
    • Science has pushed forward humanity in various ways. However, it had to fight dozens of psychological biases to do so. Liking bias, halo effect, survivorship bias, commitment and consistency bias, religious bias, etc. In older times, people faced reputation and career ruin for suggesting that the planets didn’t revolve around the Earth.
  • Own your life and its results. 
    • It’s easy and more comfortable to blame something else. There’s always something you can blame but the truth is often that you have more control of your life than you think. Not endless, complete control. Some things require some luck. But the point is to avoid the trap of blaming your life circumstance on other things most of the time or all of the time, which leads to behaviors and negativity that doesn’t serve you and keeps you in your room doing nothing to improve your life.

This is a living document; I will continue to add to this as I think of more.

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