Personal Philosophy

These principles influence how I reflect on my personal and professional contributions.
The last update of this code occurred on 11-January-2019. - AJRA

Philosophy as a series of principles

  1. My code is based on 3 personal principles: truth, honor, and service.
    In my personal and professional life, I move towards truth (and I know full well that I will never fully reach it). In seeking truth, I strive to act honorably. I serve life by enabling others and myself to act upon that truth. I can summarize this code in the mantra at the bottom of this page.

  2. I support growth by serving creative professionals.
    One way I serve others is by supporting creative professionals. I strive to support customers to the best of my ability so long as supporting them does not compromise my ethics. I may not always agree with my customers, but I will loyally support them to the extent which is possible.

  3. Authenticity, kindness, and compassion are pillars of an honorable life.
    When I provide constructive feedback or critique to clients and colleagues, I strive to demonstrate respect and diplomacy without sacrificing the clarity of my message. I do not advocate for belittling gossip, even if some psychologists consider part of our human nature. I avoid using passive-aggressive tones or indirect communication as I find it may seem disrespectful. 

  4. I believe preparation is a form of respect.
    I believe that preparation is a defining trait of a professional. The more I prepare, the more professional I feel. The less I can prepare, the less comfortable I feel. The less comfortable I feel, the less likely I am to confidently contribute to a project, product, service or solution.

  5. I set ambitious but realistic expectations on projects.
    Regardless of the service I provide, my output of this work is only as good as the quality of the input. When clients work with me, I refrain from promising outcomes that are unrealistic.

  6. I think visually in order to understand the problems and communicate opportunities.
    When faced with a complicated challenge, I deconstruct its complexity into simpler, interconnected parts. I visualize these interconnected parts into low-fidelity visuals (such as sketches) or high-fidelity visuals (such as a journey map or road maps). 

as a public mantra

I strive to live a virtuous life through Truth, Honor, and Service.
I seek truth in every question and investigation.
I honor life by observing moments and experiences, witnessing hardships and beauties, and communicating these stories to those capable of action.
I serve others by helping them finding these truths.
And, in some fortunate moments, I facilitate the process of acting on truths.

Philosophy as a visualized process