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Stress + Rest = Growth

You need to push to the outer limits of your current ability, and then follow that hard work with appropriate recovery time.

This is how you grow your mind and get better at any skill.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 8 Rules to Do Everything Better

Knowledge is always evolving and advancing — if you want to evolve and advance with it, you need to keep an open mind.

And to keep an open mind, leave your ego at the door. 

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The old saying that you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with is actually true.

Research shows that motivation is contagious:  if you work on mental tasks with people who are internally driven and love what they do, you’re more likely to end up the same way.

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“You’ve got to be a minimalist to be a maximalist; if you want to be really good at, master, and thoroughly enjoy one thing, you’ve got to say no to many others.”

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We sometimes forget to be fully present and enjoy special moments.

These kinds of moments give and strength and happiness: When things aren’t going well, we can fall back on happy memories to give us the resilience to move forward.

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The best athletes and entrepreneurs aren’t focused on being the best; they’re focused on constant self-improvement.

Concentrating on the process is best for both performance and mental health. It lifts off your shoulders a huge burden, so you can concentrate on the things you can control.

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Small and consistent victories compound over time, leading to massive gains.

Habits build upon themselves. If you want to make any kind of significant change, be wise and do so gradually and over time.

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Don’t just think about how you’re going to accomplish your goals; think about how you’re going to design for them.

Rather than relying completely on self-control, intentionally design your environment to make the hard thing easier. 

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Part I
  1. Stress + Rest = Growth. Decades of research in exercise science show that this is how you get stronger and faster, and the latest cognitive science shows that this is also how you get smarter and more creative.
  2. Focus on the Process, Not Results. Research shows that concentrating on the process is best for both performance and mental health. 
  3. Stay Humble. If you don’t maintain an open mind, you’ll severely limit your opportunities to learn and make progress.
  4. Build Your Tribe. A large and growing body of behavioral science research shows that motivation (or lack thereof) is contagious.

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Much of human behavior follows a predictable cycle: trigger, behavior, reward.

For behaviors that you want to do, the goal is to make triggers salient, the behavior easy, and the reward as immediate and satisfying as possible. For behaviors that you want to avoid, it’s the opposite. 

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Decision Making Process

The decision making process that Dalio, Buffett and Munger use is:

  1. Make the most rational decisions you can;
  2. Look for psychological bias that may have interfered with making a rational decision; and
  3. Expose your hypothesis to very smart people who have a thoughtful contrary view and deeply understand their position.

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