The Compass

I wrote “The Compass” in 2010, when I was a job-seeking 22 year old.

I was inspired by “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann, and I decided to write my own personal manifesto. I hang it up everywhere I settle in. Ever so often, I take a look at it to see if I’m still on the right track.

I thought I’d share it with you. Maybe it’ll make your day better or inspire you to write your own. Enjoy.


Say hello and if you can, bond with people.
Reserve judgment but remember to make good first impressions.

Be honest with yourself and others and keep your word.

Surround yourself with optimists (for energy), a few pessimists (for motivation) and plenty of people smarter than you.

Work your ass off.

Read voraciously and listen intently.
Be curious and question everything.

If you trust your instincts, they’ll trust you back.

Always be prepared.
For opportunities and challenges that come your way.

Play to win;
Then do so gracefully.
Respect your competition, but never let them see you sweat.

Acknowledge your faults. Then embrace them, and repair them.

Remember the past, but don’t dwell on the errors.
Embody your fears and take advantage of your failures.

Be driven by passion and purpose.
If you have trouble finding them, just DO things—they will find you.

Give what you can, when you can.

For people, for principles, and morality.

Be healthy.
Make time for it. No excuses.

Be Open.
To new ideas, new people, new perspectives,

It’s only human.

Most importantly,
Love something.

Laugh, dammit.

And please, try to leave everywhere you go, better than when you came.

P.s. Remember to say “Thank You”

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