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15 Simple Ways to Become Happier and More Successful

Make success chase you

Focus on becoming the best version of yourself, and success will follow:

  • Focus on creating a great product instead of the number of people who will buy it.
  • Focus on writing great blog posts instead of the number of people who will read them.
  • Focus on learning as much as possible instead of seeking worthless credentials.

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15 Simple Ways to Become Happier and More Successful

15 Simple Ways to Become Happier and More Successful

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Turn envy into curiosity

This will help you to take action instead of feeling sorry for yourself. So the next time you see someone do something you want to do, either:

  • Reverse engineer what they’ve done
  • Seek them out and ask them how they did it.

Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger

“Increasing rationality and improving as much as you can no matter your age or experience is a moral duty.”

The labels you put on yourself

They shape your actions. If you think of yourself as lazy or weak, you act in accordance with that label.

Instead of placing labels on yourself, try making statements indicating you’re in the process of improving. Change “I am” to “I’m working on it.”

Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck

“We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.“

Make success chase you

Focus on becoming the best version of yourself, and success will follow:

  • Focus on creating a great product instead of the number of people who will buy it.
  • Focus on writing great blog posts instead of the number of people who will read them.
  • Focus on learning as much as possible instead of seeking worthless credentials.

Finding your tribe

Your goal should be to find your tribe and build a following of dedicated people who support your higher vision.

Find 300 Spartans instead of building a giant army.

Narrow your focus

Self-awareness leads to prosperity. Find out who you are to figure out what you want.

Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger

“A lot of success in life and business comes from knowing what you want to avoid.”

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

“Ambition means tying your well-being to what other people say or do. Self-indulgence means tying it to the things that happen to you. Sanity means tying it to your own actions.”

Fear as motivation

Fear provides the motivation you need to succeed if you use it the right way. 

You can't get rid of fear so point it in a direction that helps you.

Focus on short bursts of productivity

Set aside short blocks of time for focused and productive work. To make the most out of it:

  • Don’t multi-task.
  • Get rid of distractions.
  • Commit to a realistic time frame you can follow through (concentrated work + breaks).

Value experience over credentials

If you feel unqualified for the path you're walking on, keep in mind that expertise comes from knowledge and experience — not from a piece of paper. 

Being viewed as an expert comes from knowing what you’re talking about and earning people’s respect.

You're not wasting time

Even if you make a bad choice, you still gain:

  • Experience: Even if you spend years in a career you weren’t suited for, you’ve gained useful skills along the way.
  • Connection: Treat every person you meet as having something valuable to offer. 
  • Feedback: When things don’t work out your way on your initial attempt, you’ll have a better idea of what to do next time.

Treat safety as negative

Seek to become antifragile by introducing volatility into your life. Structure your life in a way that benefits from uncertainty. The most adaptable species are the ones who survive — not necessarily the strongest.

Ayodeji Awosika

Ayodeji Awosika

"Don’t look at experts and influencers in a state of awe — vow to take their spot. They aren’t special. They’re just normal human beings who had the audacity to believe there’s more to life than living a mediocre existence."

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At some point, you start to be negatively productive.

Prioritize Tasks by Energy Level

It means scheduling your time according to your natural rhythms:

  • Do your most important work at the beginning of the day if you are a morning person.
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Read 1 book per week

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Do something that terrifies you

But you don’t have to constantly be battling your fears. You only need to be courageous for 20 seconds at a time.

If you courageously confront fear for 20 seconds every single day, before you know it, you’ll be in a different socio-economic and social situation.

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Commit to doing one nice thing

... for yourself every day.

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Listen to yourself

We often criticize ourselves in our own heads and that damages our confidence.

Refrain from talking to yourself in negative terms. Know that you're good enough.

Forgive yourself

Most of us have been getting angry at ourselves for trying so hard to be perfect and then we beat ourselves up when we fail. 

Accept that you're stuck inside your own imperfect skin. 

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Cal Newport on better managing time
  • To-Do lists are useless. Schedule everything.
  • Assume you’re going home at 5:30, then plan your day backwards.
  • ...
If you see something as a sacrifice, it will bring you frustration

When you think you have to sacrifice something in your life in order to be successful you will build frustration and resentment towards yourself. And so that lofty goal that should ha...

This idea of sacrificing things to become successful comes from comparisons

From comparing our lives to others. Why do you think you look at things as a sacrifice? Compared to what?Well, so and so is having an avocado salad at a rooftop bar in SoHo.” Who gives a shit. ⚠️

Effectiveness 
It is basically a polite word for getting things done. But the right kind of things.
Peter Drucker's Strategy 

... to become more effective:

  • Know your time: if you want to manage your time better, you have to know where it goes first.
  • Identify the non-productive work: activities that have ZERO return, with no importance if you stopped doing them.
  • Eliminate the trivial, time-wasting tasks.

“To be effective, every knowledge worker, and especially every executive, needs to be able to dispose of time in fairly large chunks. To have small dribs and drabs of time at his disposal will not be sufficient even if the total is an impressive number of hours.”

“To be effective, every knowledge worker, and especially every executive, needs to be able to dispose of time in fairly large chunks. To have small dribs and drabs of time at his disposal will not be sufficient even if the total is an impressive number of hours.”

We are creative in the morning and analytical at night

Your brain is more creative in the morning and more analytical at night.

Use your analytical evening strength to provide a simple plan and starting-point so your cr...

Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” 

Become very good at living each day

Momentum is created or destroyed every day with the first few decisions you make.

If you learn to master your day, you’ll learn how to master your weeks, months, years, and life.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
What gratitude changes

Gratitude is intended to change three things: your past, your present, your future. 

If you’re not transforming your past, present, and future, then you aren’t fully experiencing the benefits of gratitude.

Live in the gain

Stop focusing on what's missing from your life. And rather than measuring yourself against your ideals, measure yourself against where you were before.

When you live in the gain, all you see is progress. What you focus on expands.

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Ruthless prioritization

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Consolidate All of Your Tasks Into a Single Source

To-dos arrive from a variety of sources. Your boss sends you an email, you get a Slack message from IT, a bill arrives in the mail, or a coworker asks for a favor in the hallway.

In order to prioritize your task list efficiently, you need a master to-do list that contains all of the tasks you need to prioritize and complete from all of those sources.

Analyze Your Task List

Go through your list, review each task, and decide what you want to do with it. You have 4 options:

  • Do: complete the task now
  • Defer: complete it later
  • Delegate: assign it to someone else
  • Delete: remove it from your list

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Fear of criticism

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Fear of poverty

Many people are stuck in “survival mode.” Too many people settle for mediocrity because they think they must “survive” instead of “thrive.”

Never let the fear of poverty hold you back from your dreams.

Fear of old age (and death)

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Most people die at 25 and are buried at 75." This metaphorical death comes when people figure they can't make it happen, so they end up quitting in advance.

Fear of old age can also be harmful when a person has to go through a major career transition. In the end, age is far less important than your belief in yourself.

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