“Be good on the inside.”
My parents repeatedly hammered this life “code” into me since I was young. Am I good on the inside? Not nearly enough, but I try relentlessly to be. To this day, that statement guides me. In fact, I’ve committed to teaching this to my own children, as well.
The idea is that goodness on the inside allows you to execute genuine goodness on the outside. It can apply to the spiritual, physical, or mental aspects of life. Be kind. Exercise. Eat healthy. Learn more. Think positively. The list can be endless.
As it turns out, I eventually found myself applying this rule to organizations, too. At Juniper, it has driven our approach to engineering for the last several years. We must constantly question the status quo, not just with respect to our competitors and our …