A Codex Vitae is a living book of wisdom that represents the culmination of your life's work, that you update until your last days. Most people choose to make their Codex public, as a way to leave a lasting legacy that inspires and empowers generations to come. Here are the answers to your FAQs.
Chapter One: Philosophy
Beliefs, principles, and values to guide everything else in this personal codex.
1: Meta-beliefs about Life Principles
The only way to know if a principle is right for you is to live with it. And even then your situation will change. Therefore, the beliefs in this document represent strong opinions loosely held. They will change.
2: Personal Principles
Love, Curiosity, Courage & Faith are values that I embody.
Motto: Nirbhav Nirvair
Don't kill your what-ifs, and don't let your what-ifs kill you.
Character > Reputation
Chapter Two: Personal Systems
Systems and tactics for getting the most out of your life.
Focus on starting.
When in doubt, manufacture momentum. Write a bad first draft.
Creativity Faucet: Visualize your creativity as a backed-up pipe of water. The first mile is packed with wastewater. This wastewater must be emptied before the clear water arrives. Because your pipe has only one faucet, there's no shortcut to achieving clarity other than first emptying the wastewater.
I am happiest when I’m learning or building something.
2: Emotional Health
Always try to avoid social comparison — it is a common root of unhappiness and poor decisions.
Speak to a friend or a family member every day.
Nature provides a spiritual reset, more so the further you get from civilization.
Chapter Three: Work
Lessons for business, work, and building things.
Trust is most important.
I am not a theoretical maximalist entrepreneur. Optimize for business principles that are right for me.
"At all costs" is a dangerous path that I will avoid at all costs. (I am aware this is a paradox)
Marketing is the moral obligation of a product person — people need to hear about wonderful things.
Chapter Four: People
Beliefs and practices for other people.
People are inherently good. Bad actions come from bad situations.
Everyone knows something I don't.
People around the world are very similar while being very different.
Travelling the world is the best way to expand your mind.
Friendship springs from two sources, shared experience, and natural chemistry. Watch for the chemistry and bet on it, because chemistry is forever.
Know who your close friends are and invest in them.
True friends require low upkeep - they are the ones you can pick up with after months or even years of radio silence, as if no time has passed at all.
Friendship cannot be measured in the frequency of our interactions, but in the depth of our connections.
Welham is a brotherhood. Every senior is a role model (positive or negative). Set high standards for your juniors.
Avoid balance-sheet friendships.
Friends with partners have not abandoned you. They are actually prisoners in their own lives.
Don't lose your Vin Diesel attitude towards the family. "You don't turn your back on family, even when they do."
Family is forever, which makes investing in now so worthwhile. Quite often, you’ll have decades to reap the rewards.
Try attending all weddings in the family.
Chapter Five: Nitty Gritty
Important habits to take care of the details of life.
Style theory: dress conservative with one piece of flair.
Celio* tailors its clothes to fit me perfectly - every piece feels like it was crafted specifically with my body in mind. Love the designs, they last forever, and are affordable. (not a paid partnership)
When buying shoes optimise for comfort. Sketchers is my go-to brand.
Always own a pair of Crocs. Flip-flops are a terrible footwear choice.
Chapter Six: Influences and Recommendations
Best-of and other greats that you would return to and recommend to other people.
Best Ice Cream: Amorino's Dulce de Leche. (Blog about my favourite ice creams from around the world)
Best Pizza: Diavola at L’antica pizzeria da Michele, Berlin, Germany
Best Fizzy Drink: Almdudler
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
1984 - George Orwell
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Taare Zameen Par
Dil Dhadakne Do
Rang De Basanti
Jab We Met
Kal Ho Na Ho
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Most Marvel Movie
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Triangle of Sadness
The Pursuit of Happiness
The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Dark Knight
The Lion King
National Museum, New Delhi, India
Partition Museum, Amritsar, India
Jallianwala Bagh Museum
Sarnath Museum, Sarnath, India
Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Jerusalem, Israel
The Walled-Off Hotel Museum, Bethlehem, Palestine
The Louvre, Paris, France
Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection, Paris, France
The MuCEM, Marseille, France
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C, U.S.A
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C, U.S.A
Madatech, Haifa, Israel