My personal manifesto, in as few words as I can manage.

Be a gentleman. Always.

Love your friends and family. Tell them, and show them, that you do.

Be generous. With your time, and your money, and your heart. Generousity is its own reward.

Serve your community. Give back to your city and your country. You’re here because of them.

Exercise your rights, and support those who fight for them.

Know yourself. Understand your strengths, and your flaws.

Have a purpose and mission in life. Believe in something bigger than yourself.

Stay interested. Look to understand everything, even if you don’t like it.

Work hard. Be the best person you know.

Choose your friends carefully. You will inevitably become a composite of those you are closest to.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Learning to laugh at yourself will help you work past your mistakes.

Move on. When something goes wrong, fix what you can, and learn from it, but keep looking forward.

Do what you love. Life is hard enough as it is, and you shouldn’t hate what you do with one third of your life.

Be respectful of others and yourself. Don’t play with the hearts of others, and don’t tolerate anyone who plays with yours.

Pick your battles with great care. But once you’ve chosen them, win.