Principles are ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life.
Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, cites principles as his key to success.
The quality of your life ultimately depends on quality of your decisions, and since work is such a big part of life, you need to make sure that how you spend your work time is aligned with your goals. What’s important to you? Being on a fulfilling mission? Making money? Stability? Or excitement and unpredictability? Your answers to these questions may evolve over time, but what’s constant is the need to answer them and closely visualize different opportunities to see which path is aligned with the type of life you want. For example, say you’re considering whether you want to work for someone else or strike out on your own? You need to visualize closely what your life will be like on each path, and how each path fits with what you are like. As you do this, make sure to triangulate with people who have succeeded and failed going down each path.