Here's an exercise. Let's say you've got children. Let's say further that you want to leave them something. Something that will guide them, make them think, provoke them a little, perhaps. Here's your final requirement, your final refinement -- your bequeathment must contain only three parts, no more, no less. Here's mine.
- Humility...just enough to realize that "I might be wrong about this" is a pretty good organizing principle for your life.
- Curiosity...sincerely question everything, with the intent to learn from the answers you get, but remember the first point in this short list.
- Compassion...always, always, always be ready to say, and mean, "Let me help."