My personal jesus

Offices are noisy. Lots of people, different types of people with varying types of personalities. In the midst of this, how do I retain what is important to me? What are my values? So that at the end of a working day, I can reflect and feel satisfied. To know that in those 8 hours at work, I’ve been true to what I believe in.

I decided to write down the list of things that serve as my creative compass. How I approach anything at work is driven by this set of values – although they are more things I believe in rather than values. Then looking at it, I thought it’s not so different as how I live my daily life.

  1. Easy is not the goal. Quality is the goal.
  2. The creative process is complex.
  3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
  4. Stay curious.
  5. Never stop learning.
  6. Have fun. Always.
  7. Be adventurous.
  8. Always keep an open mind.
  9. If I don’t understand something, ask. And keep asking until I get it.
  10. Be honest. Tell the truth.

I’ll keep adding to this list as the days go by, as the months go by, as the years go by. I want the list to be organic and alive, and be a true reflection of the person I am at that point in time.



  1. These are great… I used to be so worried about asking questions in a working environment, instead scrabbling around to find the answers myself, lest anyone should think I didn’t know!! But asking questions – well thought out questions, not lazy, ‘can’t be arsed to think for myself’ questions – is a great way of getting answers and building relationships.

    • Chances are, other people in the meeting probably also had the same question, but just didn’t dare ask.
      Also, it’s only when you have clarity of what the problem is or what is being asked of you, that you know what you need to do or ask your team to do.

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