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  • Writer's pictureSean Casavechia

Discovering The Four Agreements: A Journey of Personal Growth

Updated: Mar 7

Around the turn of the century, I received a new school year kick-off packet from my collegiate rowing coach. Over several decades of rambling travels across North America, I lost many papers. I recently found one of the folded papyrus leaves amongst a few other college relics. One of the papers read "The Four Agreements" and listed the following ways to live better:


  • Be impeccable with your word.

  • Don't take anything personally.

  • Don't make assumptions.

  • Always do your best.



During the past winter, I placed these pearls of wisdom on my fridge. Reflecting, I certainly had other priorities in my 20s and 30s than thinking of rules for life, but now I see their true meaning. Although simple to understand, they can be challenging to follow.

A happy incident occurred during one of my thrift store adventures this spring. While carefully examining the old book section, I stumbled on 'The Four Agreements' by Don Miguel Ruiz, published originally in 1997. I had yet to learn that these four rules of living drama free were a summary of Ruiz's book. After reading this gem, I discovered each principle comes from the secret wisdom of the ancient Toltecs from Teotihuacán, Mexico.


Data is king in an age of information overload and the quest to make better-informed decisions. However, in the absence of data, principles are everything. Speak truthfully, realize nothing others do is because of you, assume nothing, and give your best with everything you do.


What moral pillars guide your path through life?

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