Sat, Aug 09, 2014

First Principles

We all can get caught up in the heat of the battle. We are so deep into the weeds of what we’re doing that we sometimes end up chasing rabbits down their proverbial rabbit holes.

It’s important to get your head out of this mode regularly and go back to first principles: A first principle is a basic, foundational proposition or assumption that cannot be deduced from any other proposition or assumption. First principles are the founding assumptions, believes, observations and insights which made you create your company or project in the first place.

Take some time off from your electronic devices, clear your schedule, have a good cup of coffee, go for a hike to clear your head, then come back to your kitchen table, pick a piece of paper and revisit your first principles, see how your current work and progress stacks up against it and if it needs modification.

I do this regularly (about every two weeks) and always find at least two or three things which I need or want to do differently.

Why not do this today or tomorrow?

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