Peter Diamondis' Creed of the Persistent and Passionate Mind

Some of these are really obvious. Others make you think. Below are Peter Diamondis' (think X Prize) 28 rules for a persistent and passionate person:

  • 1. If anything can go wrong, Fix It!!... to heck with Murphy!
  • 2. When given a choice... take both!!
  • 3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
  • 4. Start at the top, then work your way up.
  • 5. Do it by the book... but be the author!
  • 6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
  • 7. If you can't win, change the rules.
  • 8. If you can't change the rules, then ignore them.
  • 9. Perfection is not optional.
  • 10. When faced without a challenge, make one.
  • 11. "No" simply means begin again at one level higher.
  • 12. Don't walk when you can run.
  • 13. When in doubt: THINK!
  • 14. Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
  • 15. The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
  • 16. The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.
  • 17. The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!
  • 18. The ratio of something to nothing is infinite.
  • 19. You get what you incentivize.
  • 20. If you think it is impossible, then it is... for you.
  • 21. An expert is someone who can tell you exactly how it can't be done.
  • 22. The day before something is a breakthrough, it's a crazy idea.
  • 23. If it were easy it would have been done already.
  • 24. Without a target you’ll miss it every time.
  • 25. Fail early, fail often, fail forward!
  • 26. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.
  • 27. The world’s most precious resource is the persistent and passionate human mind.
  • 28. Bureaucracy is an obstacle to be conquered with persistence, confidence and a bulldozer when necessary.

From Singularity.

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