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Every Event Has Two Sides

Every Event Has Two Sides
  • Every event has two sides, two handles by which we can hold it. We normally have the tendency to go towards the challenging, objectively difficult or complicated handle.
  • We need to seize the other handle, which has a better perspective, and provides us with opportunities.
  • Focusing on what we can control, for instance, is far better than just focusing on what has gone wrong.

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The pandemic has been a radical lifestyle experiment for otherwise impossible things

  • Total lockdown with zero travel.
  • Complete elimination of face-to-face meetings.
  • 100 percent remote work in companies.
  • No eating out.
  • Removal of subtractive people from our lives.
  • No peer pressure.

Some of the best works of art have come into existence during rough and bad times, like wars and pandemics. How we respond during these times makes us realize our true potential.

We have to realize that only meaning and good can come out of this suffering and uncertainty if we do not dismiss the progress that we have made.

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A few things to keep in mind when starting work in a new field:

  1. We may not be as great or important as we think.
  2. We may need an attitude readjustment.
  3. Most of our knowledge, which may be spanning decades, is now obsolete, and we may need to unlearn it.

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A patron once offered Epicurus whatever he wanted. Epicurus could have requested riches but asked for a small pot of cheese. Epicurus knew that simple pleasures, enjoyed in moderation, were most enjoyable.

A pleasant life is as inseparable from moderation as it is from other virtues such as prudence, honour, and justice.

Rules #11 - #20

11. Practice the law of action, not attraction.

12. Get up when you fall/fail.

13. Prove your philosophy more than you talk about it (and that’s not easy).

14. Don’t argue with reality (facts) you don’t like.

15. It’s not about routine but about practices.

16. Follow the canvas strategy.

17. Do a kindness each day.

18. Every situation has two handles—choose to grab the “smooth handle.”

19. Success = autonomy.

20. Pick up trash when you see it.