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Chapter 1: Don’t Try
“The key to a good life is not giving a f*ck about more; it’s giving a f*ck about less, giving a f*ck about only what is true and immediate and important.”
Most people are obsessively focused on unrealistically positive expectations: be happier, be healthier, be better than the rest, etc. However, having these expectations causes you to become hyper aware of your own personal shortcomings and failures. This makes it more difficult for you to achieve those expectations. To put it simply, , wanting to be happier reminds you of your own unhappiness and causes you to remain unhappy.
So, does this mean you should have no expectations at all? Of course not! It just means that you should be more critical of the expectations you have by giving a f*ck about only what truly matters to you and disregarding the rest.
Principles to follow
Apply the backwards law to your life.