(repost) How to Develop a Personal Philosophy

Originally Posted: March 19, 2008 by lesliesrussell in Lifehack, Notes

What is it?

A personal philosophy is a written document detailing your ideas on how the world works–the big stuff and the small stuff and everything in between. A personal philosophy is a fluid thing your personal philosophy will change and grow as you change and grow.

Why do I need it?

  • You already have one you just don’t know it.
  • Having a written philosophy gives you a firm foundation upon which to base decisions and opinions.
  • Writing it down exposes flaws or virtues allowing you to correct or embrace them as need be.

How do I do it?

  1. Start with the phrase “I believe:”
  2. Make a list of things you believe, hold true, or find self-evident.


  • Do I need to study philosophy?

No. But it really can’t hurt can it? You may find something with which you agree or find a better way to say something you already believe.

  • Do I have to share it with others?

No. But being able to defend your philosophy will strengthen it.

  • What if I believe something embarassing or wrong?

Then maybe you are wrong, but maybe the world is wrong. You won’t know which until you share it with others and are forced to defend it.

  • How long will it take?

The rest of your life.

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