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The only reasonable goal in life is maximizing your total lifetime experience of something called happiness. That might sound selfish, but it’s not.
If you need, imagine better things, a grander future for you to be happy. The happiness formula:
The Success Formula: every skill that you acquire doubles your odds of success. The more concepts you learn, the easier it is to acquire new ones.
Skills which every adult should develop at least a working knowledge:
The most important form of selfishness involves spending time on your fitness, eating right, pursuing your career, and still spending quality time with your family and friends. .
Selfishness is good especially when you are starting your journey to success. You need to be selfish with your time and money. Being selfish is only bad when you become a burden on society
“Successful people don’t wish for success; they decide to pursue it. And to pursue it effectively, they need a system. Success always has a price, but the reality is that the price is negotiable. If you pick the right system, the price will be a lot nearer what you are willing to pay.”
Quitting might conflict with the advice you’ve heard all your life— that sticking with something, no matter the obstacles, is important to success.
It's true, overcoming obstacles is normally an unavoidable part of the process. But you also need to know when to quit. Persistence is useful, but there’s no point in being an idiot about it.
Humans want many things. The only way to achieve all of them is by organizing your priorities. To organize your priorities, focus on one main metric: energy.
How to maximize your energy:
When you get your energy metric right, you will be excited to wake up and the quality of your work will be better. You will also be able to complete your work faster.
Your attitude affects everything you do in your quest for success and happiness. A positive attitude is an important tool. It’s important to get it right.
The way to manage your attitude is to understand that the brain can be programmed for success.
"Making comics is a process by which you strip out the unnecessary noise from a situation until all that is left is the absurd-yet-true core. A cartoonist has to accomplish that feat with as few as four short sentences."
To maximize your energy, you can either be a simplifier or an optimizer:
"I’ve come to believe that success at anything has a spillover effect on other things. You can take advantage of that effect by becoming good at things that require nothing but practice. Once you become good at a few unimportant things, such as hobbies or sports, the habit of success stays with you on more important quests. When you’ve tasted success, you want more."
"Most failures involve bad luck, ignorance, and sometimes ordinary stupidity."
When seeking truth, your best bet is to look for confirmation on at least two of these dimensions.
"Failure always brings something valuable with it. I don’t let it leave until I extract that value."
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