Nothing Important Comes with Instructions / by Chris Foley

Jocelyn Glei’s latest episode of her Hurry Slowly podcast explores the distinction between rules and principles, and why developing internal motivation is so important. This quote in particular resonated with me:

I don’t like systems, and I don’t like systems because systems rely on rules, and the problem with rules is that they break down in the face of complexity, in the face of rapid technological change, and in the face of all of us just being weird, idiosyncratic humans who have specific quirks and rhythms and needs. More useful than a set of rules that come from the outside is a set of principles that come from the inside, and I think that this distinction between rules and principles is fundamental to developing a functional understanding of in a world of rapid change. 

Hurry Slowly S02E11: Nothing Important Comes with Instructions (iTunes link)