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Your Two Yous & Your Machine

Your Two Yous & Your Machine

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” Your capacity to achieve goals is all about the systems you implement in your “machine”.

To work on your machine, you need to separate your two personalities:

  • The “Designer”. The one who manages and plans the systems to achieve your goals
  • The “Doer”. The one who works according to the plan created by the “Designer”

Your job as a “Designer” is to look at your yourself as a “Doer” objectively to create the most efficient machine possible. If you are not the best for the job, find a good replacement.


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Ray Dalio

"I believe that life consists of an enormous number of choices that come at us and that each decision we make has consequences, so the quality of our lives depends on the quality of the decisions we make."



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Understand Reality and Deal With It

Understand Reality and Deal With It

A correct understanding of reality is the essential foundation for any good outcome.

  • Don’t get attached to your views about how things should be; there should always be space for learning.
  • Evolution is the single greatest force in the u...


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How to Make Decisions Effectively

How to Make Decisions Effectively

  • Know and understand the biggest threat to good decision making - harmful emotions
  • Decision making is a two-step process: first learning, then deciding
  • Synthesize the situation you're dealing with
  • Make your decisions


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Ray Dalio’s Principles

Ray Dalio’s Principles

Ray Dalio, the founder of the largest hedge fund in the world, lays down his rules and frameworks he uses to navigate his life. He calls them principles. Principles are fundamental for decision making and allow you to live a life according to your values. 

Ray Dalio uses pr...


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Where Do Your Principles Come From?

Where Do Your Principles Come From?

Most people adopt pre-packaged principles from parents, religious institutions, or other influential figures without much thought. This exposes you to the risk of inconsistency with your true values. Holding incompatible principles will lead to conflict between values and actions...


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Ray Dalio’s 5 Guiding Principles

Ray Dalio’s 5 Guiding Principles

  • Working for what he wanted, not for what others wanted him to do
  • Coming up with the best independent opinions he could conceive
  • Stress-testing his opinions by having the smartest people finding the flaws in his thinking


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Ray Dalio

“Principles connect your values to your actions; they are beacons that guide your actions, and help you successfully deal with the laws of reality. It is to your principles that you turn when you face hard choices.”



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Work Principles

Work Principles

  • Value knowing the truth. You have nothing to fear from knowing it
  • Cultivate meaningful work and meaningful relationships
  • Foster a culture that allows mistakes and encourages learning from them
  • Weight your deci...


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Ray Dalio’s Formula for a Successful Life

Ray Dalio’s Formula for a Successful Life

Reality + Dreams + Determination = A Successful Life.

The quality of your life depends on the quality of the decisions you make.

And to make better decisions, you need to adopt “hyperrealism”.

Ray describes “hyperrealism” as accepting the realit...


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Principles = Fundamental Truths

Principles = Fundamental Truths

All principles come from a set of values.

Your values are what you consider important and they define who you want to be. However, they are not practical to use when you are faced with tough decisions.

For example: You may value to “live a healthy...


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