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Life Is Math-Not Magic - Darius Foroux

The Key To Happiness

Don’t worry about the things you can’t control. And only focus on things you do control. 

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Key Ideas

Richard Koch

Richard Koch

“Most of our failures are in races for which others enter us. Most of our success comes from races we ourselves want to enter.”

Life Is Math

When you feel stuck, don't blame your bad luck, the economy, your fate or other people. These things have nothing to do with you unhappiness,

You must find the patterns in whatever you’re trying to achieve.

There’s Always A Pattern

Keep searching for it. Make mistakes and learn from them. Read books to learn even more from other people’s failures.

Whatever kind of success you’re looking for, don’t stop until you’ve cracked the code.

The Key To Happiness

Don’t worry about the things you can’t control. And only focus on things you do control. 

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