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“I hope these principles will help you struggle well and get all the joy you can out of life.”
Things in our life happen over and over again, but our reaction is usually very random - it depends on our mood, current situation, state of mind, or even other people around us. Instead of improvising and making decisions spontaneously, we can use principles - rules that define what’s the best thing to do based on pure logic.
Ray Dalio collected the list of principles that helped him to solve problems faster and easier. These principles helped him to act logically, instead of emotionally. He was able to minimizing the emotional impact on decisions because he defined beforehand how he would react in certain situations. You see, instead of improvising, he knew what to do, because he was focused on looking for patterns in the situations he experienced before, and defined what was the best way to act.
In order to act on principles, accept the reality is as it is. Wishful thinking might be very dangerous. Wishing that the reality could be better does not help you at all. Instead, embrace the reality and deal with it effectively.
The list of principles of Ray Dalio is long and very detailed. It’s not easy to go through it, and not easy to act on them. Start slowly, and add more as you go. Ray Dalio is saying, that it may take even 18 months to create the real habit of acting on these principles.
Principles to follow
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