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Principles

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Note that I do not like preaching and these are notes to myself.

I have formulated these principles and equations primarily through my personal experiences and a combination of insightful interactions with remarkable individuals, and information gathered from various sources such as books, blogs, articles, and social media.

It's important to note that I am not trying to impose my beliefs on others, and these are primarily personal reminders for myself. They are not rigid rules, but rather flexible guidelines or strategies that have emerged from deep self-reflection through journaling. These principles will continue to assist me in effectively managing situations, conquering challenges, and making informed choices as I navigate through life on this earth. By sharing these strategies, my intention is to provide you, the reader, with a glimpse into my values, principles, and how I approach life. You may feel free to disagree depending on your varied frame of reference, thoughts, or experience.

Equations for Life


‘>’ - Significantly better than. ⇒ Leads to


Equanimity and Detachment

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What you think you become." - Buddha
“One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among people; The wise person lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone. You have the right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions.” - Srimad Bhagavad Gita
No man is fit to hold office who isn't perfectly willing to leave it at any time... - Charlie Munger.

Relationships

“People come into your life for a reason, season, or lifetime” - Unknown/Anonymous
“The price of making everyone else happy is making yourself miserable” - Naval Ravikant.
“Nothing is gained by arguing with some over something that does not matter. You can disagree without saying anything. Not needing to win trivial arguments saves time, energy, and friends” - Shane Parrish.
“If you try to give more than what you get, you will find you will get more than you can imagine” - Ray Dalio.
To find a worthy mate - “Be worthy of a worthy mate” - Charlie Munger

"The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury." - Marcus Aurelius
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." - Oscar Wilde
"Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

Experiences

“A fit body, a calm mind, and a house full of love, these things cannot be bought, they must be earned.” - Naval Ravikant
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

Money & Time

“Seek wealth, not money or status.” - Naval Ravikant
Spend your time in the company of geniuses, sages, children, and books - Naval Ravikant.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” - Plato

Risks, First Principles & Optimism

“Think like an Optimist, Prepare like a Pessimist” - Shane Parrish
“First Principles thinking is a competitive advantage since almost no one does it” - Shane Parrish.
“One of the most valuable things you can make is a mistake – you can't learn anything from being perfect.” - Paul Graham
Mimicking the herd invites regression to the mean” - Charlie Munger
“Clever wins the moment, wise wins the decade.” - Shane Parrish
“Retirement starts when you stop sacrificing today for an imaginary tomorrow” - Naval Ravikant

Embrace Reality via Open-mindedness and Transparency

Reflection & Gratitude.

"The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates
"It’s becoming easier and easier to be social, but exceptional people are built in solitude” - Naval Ravikant.

Power of Compounding

“Play long-term iterated games; All returns in life whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge come from compound interest.” - Naval Ravikant.

Adapt & Evolve or Die

"The only constant in life is change." - Heraclitus

Once weaknesses are identified, there are four choices to address them:

I. Deny the weaknesses, which is the worst option chosen by most people. II. Acknowledge the weaknesses and work on transforming them into strengths. This is typically the best approach, if feasible. Assess whether the necessary steps align with your nature and innate abilities to gauge its viability. III. Acknowledge the weaknesses and find ways to navigate around them. This is the easiest and often the most practical path, although it is seldom followed. IV. Adjust your objectives, which is a favorable option for those willing to be flexible.

To confront your own weaknesses, consider the following:

  1. Differentiate between what you wish were true and what is actually true.
  1. Prioritize achieving your objectives over appearing good.
  1. Consider the broader consequences rather than just the immediate ones.
  1. Do not let pain impede your progress.
  1. Accept responsibility for negative outcomes instead of blaming others or circumstances.

Communication & Sales

Intrinsic Drive

Bold & Ambitious Mission

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Socrates

Network & Team Building