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How to Achieve Anything | Philosophy of Aristotle

How to Achieve Anything | Philosophy of Aristotle

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Cause And Effect Equations

Cause And Effect Equations

Causes equal effects, and effects are what we want to achieve.

For example: cause = cake.

Or: cause = successful business.

Or: cause = successful movie.

There are four types of causes that can explain any effect:

  • Efficient
  • Material
  • Formal
  • Final

You can expand upon anything a great deal with this formula while also being able to analyze and understand the contents.


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The Efficient Cause

The Efficient Cause

The efficient cause is the thing or person responsible for producing the effect.

For example: baker = cake.

Or: entrepreneur = successful business.

Narrowing down desirable qualities can be used to break this down further.

For example: hardworking, educated, and resilient filmmakers = successful movie.


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The Material Cause

The Material Cause

The material cause is the list of ingredients required to produce an effect.

For example: ingredients = cake.

Or: in-demand product or service = successful business.

Analyzing past successes that have been known to work can be helpful as well.

For example: superhero movie = successful movie.


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The Formal Cause

The Formal Cause

The formal cause is how you are supposed to combine the ingredients to produce the effect.

For example: recipe = cake.

Or: easily accessible = successful business.

More specific details can create more complex equations.

For example: hero’s journey = successful movie.


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The Final Cause

The Final Cause

The final cause explains the purpose of the effect or why it happened in the first place.

For example: hunger = cake.

Or: serve customers = successful business.

You can go infinite levels in depth when it comes to breaking down the causes.

For example: journey to a battle where the hero eventually wins = successful movie.


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The Four Causes

The Four Causes

Breaking any effect down into its four causes allows one to understand how it can be achieved.

For example: baker+ingredients+recipe+hunger = cake.

Or: entrepreneur+in-demand product or service+easily accessible+serve customers = successful business.

Or: hardworking, educated and resilient filmmakers+superhero movie+hero’s journey+journey to a battle where the hero eventually wins = successful movie.

Bottom Line: having an understanding of the process required to achieve success can greatly improve your chances of reaching it.


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“The key to life is not accumulation, it is contribution.” - Stephen Covey


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