Over the past couple of months I’ve ended all of my videos with the mantra “HAKO.” It’s an acronym I came up with a long time ago that stands for Honesty, Assertiveness, Kindness, and Open-mindedness. For the longest, it has served as a personal reminder of what I think are the baseline values a decent human being should have.
Recently I’ve decided to integrate this phrase into my YouTube videos, and it has very quickly become a significant part of my online persona. Now, much of the time, when I get emails and tweets and comments, people sign off with a ‘HAKO’ for good measure.
I’ve discussed HAKO a couple times before, but I’ve never gone in depth as to why it’s so important to me why I chose these four traits specifically. This video serves as the introduction to a series where I do just that.