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Key Insights

  • Everywhere we look, life is a matter of choice
  • The more options there are the easier it is to regret about anything an option has
  • When you have a lot of choices, your expectations rise towards perfection
  • The secret to happiness is low expectations
  • When there are no choices to make, if something goes wrong the responsible is the world. Whereas, when there are lots of choices to make, you are the responsible.   
  • Better choice is not better than some choice
  • Too much freedom becomes paralysis    

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It helped me understand the boundaries of freedom

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MORE IDEAS FROM The paradox of choice | Barry Schwartz

Negative Effects of Choice
  • It produces paralysis and not liberation
  • Even if we manage to make a choice, we end up less satisfied with what we chose    

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Why Choice Makes People Miserable
  1. Regret and anticipated regret
  2. Opportunity costs
  3. Escalation of expectations
  4. Self blame    

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Today's Official Dogma

If we are trying to maximise the welfare of our society is by maximising our freedom, and the only way to do so, is by maximising our choices

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What Is It That Makes Something Real In Our Real World?

For us, real things are material things which are made up of matter that we can somehow see, like objects, trees, atoms etc. 

While invisible, immaterial things like gods, demons, heavens and hells are considered simply as beliefs- subjective things that exist only in the realm of the mind. 

To be real, a thing must exist objectively, in some visible, material form, whether our minds can percieve it or not.

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Why we don't improve despite our hard work

The most effective people and teams go through life deliberately alternating between two zones: the learning zone and the performance zone.

The performance zone maximizes our immediate performance, while the learning zone maximizes our growth and our future performance. The reason many of us don't improve much despite our hard work is that we tend to spend almost all of our time in the performance zone. This hinders our growth, and ironically, over the long term, also our performance.

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