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How to stop being rich and happy

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1. Prioritize lifestyle design. You’ve made it, so it’s all about you, now. Make your dreams come true. Shape your surroundings to please your every desire. Make your immediate gratification the most important thing. 2. Chase that comparison moment. You have the old thing. You want the new thing. Yes! Do it! Be happy for a week. Ignore the fact that the happiness only comes from the moment of...

How to change or build your career

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Forget passion and purpose Forget “follow your passion” or “find your true calling”. Stop thinking like that. Passion and purpose are emotions that come after expertise and experience. The way to get them is to commit to the path of mastery, get great at something, and do great work. So instead of looking for passion and purpose, just keep mastering whatever work you’ve started, becoming more and...

Food Rules

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1. Eat food 2. Don’t eat anything your great‐grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food 3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry 4. Avoid food products that contain high‐fructose corn syrup 5. Avoid food products that have some form of sugar (or sweetener listed among) the top three ingredients 6. Avoid food products that have more than 5...

“Just tell me what to do”: compressing knowledge into directives

Internalizing books Wanting to be successful, I’ve always read every book I thought could help. Even if a book had just one useful insight, it was worth the $20 and my time spent reading and thinking. A few years ago, I realized I was forgetting the lessons I’d learned from past books. So I started taking detailed notes while reading, saving every important idea. I wanted to permanently remember...

How to like people

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1. Assume it’s their last day. Everyone talks about living like it’s your last day on earth. Instead, to appreciate someone, live like it’s their last day on earth. Treat them accordingly. Try to fulfill their dreams for the day. Really listen to them. Learn from them. 2. Be who you’d be when alone. You could live in a crowd, pleasing only others. You could live in solitude, pleasing only...

How to get rich

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1. Live where luck strikes. Live where everything is happening, where the money is flowing, where careers are being made, where your role models live. Once there, be as in the game as anyone can be. Be right in the middle of everything. 2. Say yes to everything. Meet everyone. Pursue every opportunity. Nothing is too small. Do it all. Like lottery tickets, you never know which one will win. So...

How to thrive in an unknowable future

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1. Prepare for the worst. Since you have no idea what the future may bring, be open to the best and the worst. But the best case scenario doesn’t need your preparation or your attention. So mentally and financially prepare for the worst case, instead. Like insurance, don’t obsess on it. Just prepare, then carry on appreciating the good times. 2. Expect disaster. Every biography of a successful...

How to be useful to others

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1. Get famous. Do everything in public and for the public. The more people you reach, the more useful you are. The opposite is hiding, which is of no use to anyone. 2. Get rich. Money is neutral proof you’re adding value to people’s lives. So, by getting rich, you’re being useful as a side-effect. Once rich, spend the money in ways that are even more useful to others. Then getting rich is double...

Solitary Socialite

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For the past four years, I’ve answered chats from 40-200 people per day, mostly clients and friends. I’ll sit alone in my little workspace for 4-8 hours, engaging with 100 people’s lives and questions for a few minutes each. Then when friends want to hang out with me, I say I need some alone time first. They say I’ve been alone all day. So I explain that I’ve been massively social all day long...

Keystones

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Keystones These help me improve my mind and my body everyday. I give myself permission to fail sometimes; it’s more important that I come back to the Keystone practice than strive for a perfect record. Keep this list short: Consider replacing Keystones before adding new ones.. Read Reading is a way to absorb the knowledge of others – their ideas, information, and experiences – and...

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