Chapter 2. Personal Foresight - Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Our Life Priorities: The HRVWE Success Codes


Our Five Life Priorities – HRVWE

What should be the top priorities of our lives, regardless of our particular life purpose? We now offer a provisional set of life priorities that will help you to become a better self-leader. These six topics are each simple models for what should be most important in our lives. The categories in these six models can memorized as acronyms and codes, hence we call them “success codes” in this Guide. Like all models, these life and self-leadership success codes are provisional and incomplete. But having formal models about what is important to a good life is itself a foundational success strategy. It’s only by forming specific models, and subjecting them to critique, that we improve our strategic foresight.

All of these code sets except two, the Eight Skills and the Ten Values, use just five or less categories. Because we have five fingers, and five is an easy number of things to memorize, five is a good set of factors for a priorities model that you can easily use and stick to in your life. The factors in each of these codes are themselves listed in a rough order of priority, ranked by the typical time and energy that you might expect to spend managing each.

As you review these codes, ask yourself if we’ve left any out, or if you would change their priority order for yourself. You’ve got ten fingers, so feel free to add more, but try to limit yourself in your first models to just your five most important priorities. It is a good exercise to find out for yourself what those five factors might be, and how you would order them in terms of the work needed on each.

The first success code is HRVWE, a model for the five most important priorities we all seem to have in life. Like all our codes, HRVWE can be mapped to each of your five fingers. Here then are the priorities, as I see them:

  1. Health. Our thumb. The first priority of our lives is to get and stay healthy. Without a minimum of health, nothing else happens.
  2. Relationships. Our index finger. We seek meaningful and productive relationships (and self-relationships) make a happy and successful life.
  3. Vision. Our middle finger. Vision is our code word for foresight, in all domains. We can build it, share it, and improve it every day.
  4. Work. Our ring finger. After gaining good health, good relationships, and good foresight, we are here to do good work in the world.
  5. Environment. Our little finger. We strive to manage and improve our environment, both mental and physical, in service to our other priorities.

You can mentally review these priorities on any regular frequency (daily, weekly, biweekly) simply by counting your thumb and fingers. As you count off each, ask yourself whether or not you’ve been addressing that priority adequately since the last time you reviewed. If not, resolve to do something to fix that oversight. Using these codes to better lead your own life starts with this simple habit.

On the following pages, each of these five priorities in turn, is subdivided into five subcategories, offering five more sets of success codes. The five priorities and their subcategories thus offer roughly forty success concepts that I consider enough to memorize and review on a regular basis. To be precise, the full set of success codes offered in this Guide come to thirty-eight categories, summarized below.

You very likely have a different set of ideas and models for success in some of the topics we will now discuss. That’s great, please use whatever works for you. These models are offered for those who haven’t yet made any in these areas, to spur you toward developing your own success codes. Hopefully at least some of what follows can be useful in your own efforts. Be sure to reflect carefully on whatever models you develop, and to share them with a cognitively diverse group, inviting discussion and critique. You’ll find that any versions of the codes, ours or your own, is quite easy to memorize. I look forward to your feedback on how these success codes can be improved for future Guides.

Here then is the full set of success codes. They are listed below as single sentences, so you can print them out and put them on your wall, along with whatever other success sayings (“mantras”) you like to regularly review. We’ve just discussed HRVWE. We’ll now discuss each of the remaining code sets in turn in the next five sections.

HRVWE: Health, Relationships, Vision, Work, Environment (5 Life Priorities)

H-WFMLS: Wake/Sleep, Fast/Eat, Move/Rest, Learn/Reflect, Socialize/Withdraw (5 Habits)

R-GRMVP: Gratitude, Responsibility, Mastery, Virtue, Purpose (5 Attributes)

V-Five Goals and Ten Values: 

V-I4S: Innovation, Intelligence, Interdependence, Immunity, Sustainability (5 Goals)

VEIDFCEPSOT: Empathy, InsightDiversity, Freedom, Creativity and Ethics, Power, Security, Order, Truth (10 Values)

W– Do Loop Skills:

W-LAISEIRR: Learn, Anticipate, Innovate, Strategize, Execute, Influence, Relate, Review (8 Skills)

E-SOFSC: Selected, Organized, Functional, Simple, Clean (5 Priorities of our Mental and Physical Environment)

I would recommend memorizing and using these one at a time, beginning with health and working down to environment. Feel free to change the words and orders of these codes as well, based on your own experience. Customize these codes to your own life! But don’t ignore them without first giving them a try. As you’ll discover, using codes that are meaningful to you will help you remember what matters most, and stay prioritized and effective throughout your life.

Here’s a memorization tip: If you’d like to memorize the Eight Skills and Ten Values for regular mental use, simply use the fingers of both hands for the Eight Skills, and the fingers and thumbs of both hands for the Ten Values. This mental trick will allow you to regularly review all eight skills and ten values on a regular basis, and ask yourself if you are using them appropriately, simply by looking at adjacent locations on each of your hands. After a little practice, as you move your eyes to the eight and ten locations in front of you, you will mentally see each of the skills and values, and can think about how you are presently using them, and whether you might do better. It’s as easy as that.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 2. Personal Foresight – Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 2: Personal Foresight

Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 4. Models – Foundations for Organizational Foresight

Chapter 4: Models

Foundations for Organizational Foresight

Chapter 7. Acceleration – Guiding Our Extraordinary Future

Chapter 7: Acceleration

Guiding Our Extraordinary Future (In Process)

II. Global Progress: 5 Goals, 10 Values, Many Trends

Innovation: Our Abundant Future
Intelligence: Our Augmented Future
Interdependence: Our Civil Future
Immunity: Our Protected Future
Sustainability: Our Rebalanced Future

III. Universal Accelerating Change

Great Race to Inner Space: Our Surprising Future
Entropy&Information: We’re Running Down & Up
The Puzzle of Meaning: We Have No Einstein Yet
Trees, Funnels & Landscapes: Intro to Evo Devo
Big Picture Change: Five Scales of Accelerating ED
Transcension Hypothesis: Where Acceleratn Ends?
IDABDAK: Social Response to Accel & Developmnt
We’re On a Runaway Train: Being Accelaware

IV. Evo Devo and Exponential Foresight

Seeing It All: Accel., Diverg, Adapt, Convrg, Decel.
Natural (I4S) Innovation: The Evolutionary Drive
Natural (I4S) Intelligence: The Human-AI Partnership
Natural (I4S) Morality: Why Empathy and Ethics Rule
Natural (I4S) Security: Strength from Disruption
Natural (I4S) Sustainability: The Developmental Drive
S-Curves: Managing the Four Constituencies
Pain to Gain: Traversing the Three Kuznets Phases
Hype to Reality: Beyond Hype Cycles to Reality Checks
Exponentials Database: Measuring Accelerations
TINA Trends: Societal Evolutionary Development
Managing Change: STEEPCOP Events, Probs, Ideas
A Great Shift: A Survival to a Sentient Economy

V. Evo Devo and Exponential Activism

Building Protopias: Five Goals of Social Progress
Normative Foresight: Ten Values of Society
Top & STEEPCOP Acceleratns: Positive & Negative
Dystopias, Risks, and Failure States
Three Levels of Activism: People, Tech & Universe
A Great Opportunity: Exponential Empowerment


Chapter 8. Your Digital Self – The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

Chapter 8: Your Digital Self

The Human Face of the Coming Singularity (In Process)

I. Your Personal AI (PAI): Your Digital Self

Digital Society: Data, Mediation, and Agents
Personal AIs: Advancing the Five Goals
PAI Innovation: Abundance and Diversity
PAI Intelligence: Bio-Inspired AI
PAI Morality: Selection and Groupnets
PAI Security: Safe Learning Agents
PAI Sustainability: Science and Balance
The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

II. PAI Protopias & Dystopias in 8 Domains

1. Personal Agents: News, Ent., Education
2. Social Agents: Relat. and Social Justice
3. Political Agents :  Activism & Represent.
4. Economic Agents:  Retail, Finance, Entrep
5. Builder Agents :  Work, Innov. & Science
6. Environ. Agents : Pop. and Sustainability
7. Health Agents :  Health, Wellness, Death
8. Security Agents :  Def., Crime, Corrections

III. PAI Activism & Exponential Empowerment

Next Government: PAIs, Groupnets, Democ.
Next Economy: Creat. Destr. & Basic Income
Next Society: PAI Ent., Mortality & Uploading
What Will Your PAI Contribution Be?

Chapter 10. Startup Ideas – Great Product & Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs

Chapter 10: Startup Ideas

Great Product and Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs (In Process)

I. 4U’s Idea Hub: Building Better Futures

Air Deliveries and Air Taxis: Finally Solving Urban Gridlock
Ballistic Shields and Gun Control: Protecting Us All from Lone Shooters
Bioinspiration Wiki: Biomimetics and Bio-Inspired Design
Brain Preservation Services: Memory and Mortality Redefined
Carcams: Document Thieves, Bad Driving, and Bad Behavior
Competition in Govt Services: Less Corruption, More Innovation
Computer Adaptive Education (CAE): Better Learning and Training
Conversational Deep Learning Devsuites: Millions of AI Coders
Digital Tables: Telepresence, Games, Entertainment & Education
Dynaships: Sustainable Low-Speed Cargo Shipping
Electromagnetic Suspension: Nausea-Free Working & Reading in Cars
Epigenetic Health Tests: Cellular Aging, Bad Diet, Body Abuse Feedback
Fireline Explosives and Ember Drones: Next-Gen Fire Control
Global English: Empowering the Next Generation of Global Youth
Greenbots: Drone Seeders and Robotic Waterers for Mass Regreening
High-Density Housing and Zoning: Making Our Cities Affordable Again
Highway Enclosures and Trail Networks: Green and Quiet Urban Space
Inflatable Packaging: Faster and Greener Shipping and Returns
Internet of Families: Connecting People Over Things
Kidcams: Next-Gen Security for Child Safety and Empowerment
Kidpods: Indoor & Outdoor Parent-Assistive Toyboxes
Microdesalination: Democratizing Sustainable Fresh Water Production
Noise Monitors: Documenting and Reducing Noise Pollution
Oceanside Baths: Sustainable Year Round Beach Enjoyment
Open Blood Scanners: DIY Citizen Health Care Sensor Tech
Open Streaming Radio: User-Centered Audio Creation and Rating
Open Streaming Video: User-Centered Video Creation and Rating
Open Values Filters: Social Rankers, Arg. Mappers, and Consensus Finders
Personal AIs: Your Private Advisor, Activist, and Interface to the World
Pet Empowerment: Next-Gen Rights and Abilities for Our Domestic Animals
Safe Closets: Fire-, Earthquake-, and Intruder-Proof Retreat Spaces
Safe Cars: Reducing Our Insane 1.3M Annual Auto Deaths Today
Safe Motorcycles: Lane Splitting in Gridlock Without Risk of Death
Shared Value Insurance: User-Centered Risk Reduction Services
Sleeperbuses and Microhotels: Demonetized Intercity Travel
Space-Based Solar Power: Stratellite Powering and Weather Management
Stratellites: Next-Gen Urban Broadband, Transparency, and Security
Touch DNA: Next-Gen Home Security and Crime Deterrence
View Towers: Improving Urban Walkability, Inspiration, and Community

Chapter 11. Evo Devo Foresight – Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Chapter 11: Evo Devo Foresight

Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Appendix 1. Peer Advice – Building a Successful Foresight Practice