The way I see it

  1. Be a nice person.
  2. Acknowledge your imperfections.
  3. Use your talents.
  4. Tell the truth or wire your mouth shut. Lying is like carrying an extra 100 lbs around.
  5. Collaboration often yields a considerably worse product than what you could produce on your own. Choose carefully when and with whom you collaborate.
  6. Distinguish between your logic, your instinct, and your emotions. Recognize that the three are equally fallible.
  7. Only count on the present moment.