While I am not religiously following StartupNation's 10 Steps to Open For Business anymore, one thing I did take away from it was coming up with a Life Plan. And one part of the Life Plan was to come up with a manifesto as it relates to life and career. This is my current manifesto: Don’t regret because of fear. To work on something I enjoy, being responsible for my successes and failures as a result. Not having to work in an old, outdated corporate environment. Having work structured around my personal life and wants. Ensure work is a close second to family, but still second, never first. All is equal in the work environment. Living somewhere I am proud to call home.
May be kind of lame, but I think it encompasses a lot.
I think the first sentence is very telling. For example, it is scary quitting your "secure" corporate job and going out on your own. But, if you have a plan in place, the proper resources, and the desire, you shouldn't fear it. Now, I am not telling everyone to quit their job (and quitting a job is not for everyone). Money and feeding yourself and family are still a big time necessity in this world. So you need a plan of attack and resources (e.g. savings, a working spouse, etc.). But if you have these things, and you have the right mentality, go for it. You would hate to regret it later on.
And "All is equal in the work environment" really means that there is no in-your-face notion of a hierarchy at work. For example, offices for the higher ups, 3x3 cubicles for the grunts. I understand that decision makers must exist, and in the end it is up to them to make the final call on things, but you don't have to be so blunt about it.
I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory.
It won't hurt me to revisit this from time to time to make sure I am still living by the messages contained in the manifesto.
What do you think?