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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 universe.
  • Evolving is life’s greatest accomplishment and its greatest reward.
  • “No pain, no gain”. Evolution won’t always feel good.
  • Pain + Reflection = Progress. The quality of your life will depend on the decisions you make at those painful moments.
  • Weigh second and third-order consequences.
  • Think of yourself as a machine operating within a machine and know that you have the ability to alter your machines to produce better outcomes.
  • Distinguish between you as the designer of your machine and you as a worker with your machine.

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  • Principles are essential truths that work as the foundations for the behavior that leads you where you want in life.
  • Those principles that are most valuable come from your own experiences and your reflections on those experiences.
  • You turn to your principl...

  • Seek out the smartest people you disagreed with and try to understand their logic
  • Know when it's best not to have an opinion
  • Develop, test, and systematize timeless and universal 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 ...

  • 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 decisio...

Use this five-step process:

The most important thing for you to do is write down your principles to clarify them.

  • Don’t confuse reality with the way you wish reality to be.
  • Don’t overweight first-order consequences relative to second and third-order ones.
  • Don’t let pain stop you from progressing.
  • Don’t blame negative results on anyone but yourself.

Reality + Dreams + Determination = A Successful Life.

  • Prioritize: you can’t have everything you want
  • Don’t confuse goals with desires. A goal - something you have to achieve; a desire - something you want, but it stands in the way of your goals.
  • Don't give up on the goals tha...

Your principles should reflect the values you truly believe in.

Your principles will influence your standards of behavior. In relationships with other people, your and their principles will decide how you collaborate.

  • Express your sincere, authentic thoughts
  • Have considerate debates in which people are willing to shift their opinions as they learn new perspectives
  • Have agreed-upon ways of deciding (voting, authorities, etc.) if disagre...

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