Edicts Pt. 1

Published on 2020-06-08 on Sebastian Mellen's Blog

This is an assortment of edicts I try to hold myself by, as of June 2020. They are inspired by my reading, life experience, and moments of tranquility and clarity. As my conscience “grows”, and I come up with more, I will post installments to this series. Do note that these edicts are not written as admonishments — they serve as a reference — I use them to remind myself of insights I’ve gathered over time. A diary of the conscience, if you will.


  • Be bold.
  • Be strong.
  • Be grateful.
  • Addict to the right things.
  • Avoid catastrophic thinking.
  • Don’t look back or reminisce.
  • If you want life, don’t cling to it.
  • Take advantage of your clear moments.
  • Always keep the 30,000ft view in view.
  • Don’t take anything so seriously that it loses its worth.

  • Be fast and be efficient.
  • Have a strong action bias.
  • Don’t stop — inertia kills.
  • Work. Your legacy will follow.
  • Stay in motion and keep running.
  • Establish your core principles, and stick to them.
  • Look on the bright side of every occurrence.
  • Wake up as if you’re meeting Jocko Willink for breakfast.
  • If you have to choose, overreach instead of not reaching at all.
  • Invigorate your team, so they invigorate you. If not, you will all fail.

  • Continually look low enough to find God.
  • Don’t question what is right to do. Do what is right.
  • Avoid lazy and miserable people — they are dangerous.
  • Always take the set of actions that are most likely to make the future better.
  • Make decisions with speed and decisiveness, and when you make a decision, keep it.
  • Examine where the extreme of any action leads, and proceed only if the extreme is good.

  • Live one day at a time.
  • Live life like a lucid dream.
  • Live permanently in “post-nut clarity”.
  • Be grateful to the gods from the bottom of your heart.
  • Before you eat something, picture it passing through your digestive system.
  • Every bit of free time you get is an opportunity to work. Take that opportunity!
  • Be motivated and driven enough to inspire those around you to be motivated and driven.
  • Do everything knowing it will come to an end. You’re in a movie, and you’ve got a job to do. Take every step with purpose.


  • You can do this.
  • You don’t know enough to worry.
  • The fool is the precursor to the hero.
  • Freedom is earned one step at a time.
  • Successful pessimists don’t exist, by definition.
  • The fewer items that you own, the fewer items own you.
  • Discipline is both more useful and truthful than wishing.
  • You are the rearranged genetic potential of your ancestors.
  • All you have is the present, and what you do not have you cannot lose.
  • Salvation begins with you. All religions are just sneaky ways to show you that God and you are one and the same.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Don’t search for meaning unless you’re sure you want it.
  • Primates under pressure are magnificent beings. Pressure is a needed multivitamin.
  • A wild man can tame himself to live in society. A tame man cannot become wild as easily. The wild man can do both. Be wild.