10 Powerful Lessons From the Book “The Art of the Good Life”
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You remember the high point and the end point of your holiday, but the rest is forgotten.
Remind to make them as sweet as possible.
A good life is not a stable state or condition.
The good life is only achieved through constant readjustment.
When it comes to important issues, flexibility isn’t an advantage – it’s a trap.
Use radical inflexibility to reach long-term goals that would be unrealizable if their behavior were more flexible.
Accepting reality is easy when you like what you see, but you’ve got to accept it even when you don’t – especially when you don’t.
A basic rule of the good life is as follows: if it doesn’t genuinely contribute something, you can do without it.
Next time, try switching on your brain instead of reaching for the nearest gadget.
So do your best to systematically eliminate the downside in your life – then you’ll have a real chance of achieving a good life.
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no bold old pilots.
Your successes are fundamentally based on things over which you have no control whatsoever.
Stay humble. Remind yourself daily that everything you are, everything you have and can do, is the result of blind chance.
Because our emotions are so unreliable, a good rule of thumb is to take them less seriously – especially the negative ones.
Restrict authenticity to keeping your promises and acting according to your principles.
The rest is nobody else’s business.
Once Seneca said: “All those who summon you to themselves, turn you away from your own self.”
So give the five-second no a trial run. If you cannot say ‘Yes’ to something in five seconds, the answer is ‘No’.
And retweet the first tweet to share with others:
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1. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
2. "Never was a government that was not composed of liars, malefactors, and thieves."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
3. "More is lost by indecision than wrong decision.
Indecision is the thief of opportunity.
It will steal you blind."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
4. "The wise are instructed by reason,
average minds by experience,
the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Naval risked his reputation and fortune to bring life lessons to us all. And he's impacted the life of millions around the world.
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1. “I, and I alone, am responsible for everything I think and feel."
2. “Pain is a fact.
Suffering is a choice."
3. “No one can compete with you on being you.
Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most."
4. “The more seriously you take yourself, the unhappier you’re going to be."
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
1. The book is about decision-making under uncertainty/volatility.
- EVERYTHING either benefits or is harmed by volatility
- The FRAGILE is harmed (think a glass)
- The ROBUST is unchanged (think The Phoenix)
- The ANTIFRAGILE gets better (think The Hydra)
- There is no way to accurately predict WHICH events will occur
- We CAN measure how fragile we are to events
- We CAN take steps to robustify ourselves
- When shit hits the fan, the fragile breaks
- This applies to the economy, politics, health, etc
3. Naive Interventionism
- Systems are COMPLEX
- Most are beyond our understanding
- When we intervene, we introduce potential harm
- These 2nd and 3rd order effects introduce MORE volatility into the system
- This makes systems even less predictable
- STAY in YOUR lane
4. Via Negativa: Removing is superior to Adding
- Less can be More
- Don't add, subtract
- Eliminate the Artificial
- Eliminate the Unnatural
- Eliminate the Unnecessary
Apply these in all areas of your life. When in doubt, SUBTRACT
1. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
2. "Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."
3. “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
4. "Love is a serious mental disease."
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1. "The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays."
- Soren Kierkegaard
2. "There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true."
- Soren Kierkegaard
3. "People settle for a level of despair they can tolerate and call it happiness."
- Soren Kierkegaard
4. "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
- Soren Kierkegaard
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1. “Whatever we face, we have a choice: Will we be blocked by obstacles, or will we advance through and over them?”
2. “There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.”
3. “Focusing exclusively on what is in our power magnifies and enhances our power.”
4. “Our perceptions determine, to an incredibly large degree, what we are and are not capable of. In many ways, they determine reality itself.
👉When we believe in the obstacle more than in the goal, which will inevitably triumph?”
Their letters from 2002 to 2015 provided a treasure trove of insights into their investment frameworks and how they look at the capital cycle.
Here are my main takeaways:
1/ Periods of high profitability leads to reckless investments.
When profits are high:
-Boost CAPEX with little regard for ROIC
-Competitors will follow suit to avoid losing market share
-CEO's incentives aren't aligned with shareholders
It's a race to the bottom.
2/ The capital cycle will swing down when investments are taken too far.
Forecasts that were reasonable will now look overly optimistic.
Profits collapse, management teams are changed, CAPEX is cut, and consolidation begins.
This will pave way for a recovery of profits.
3/ Asset growth matters
Consider both asset growth at the company and industry level.
Avoid industries where assets are growing rapidly.
4/ We tend to extrapolate
When overdone, investments that appear logical at first can become disastrous.
We have a tendency to forecast linearly when many things are cyclical.
Examples: trade cycles, credit cycles, etc
1)The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
2)Things which matters most must never be at the mercy of the things which matter least.
3)What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
”Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else.”
There’s a lot you can learn from the internet, but you’re not learning if you’re only consuming.
Create something. Learn by doing.
➤ The Alchemist
”When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
When you want something enough, it will always be on your mind.
Suddenly you'll see way more opportunities than you did before.
Figure out what you want and watch doors open.
➤ The Sorrows of Young Werther
”All the knowledge I posses everyone else can acquire, but my heart is exclusively my own.”
Learning a skill is the first step, but positioning is what makes the difference between competition and monopoly.
Find the niche that suits you most.
➤ Kafka on the Shore
”What you need to do is move from reason that observes to reason that acts.”
Watching others realise their dreams will make you informed at best and envious at worst.
Start your journey from consumer to creator (w/ @The1stReporter) and don't look back.
The Courage To Be Disliked is an extremely logic oriented look at happiness and life.
Snippets of it may sound patronising at times but it leaves you with more questions than answers - It forces you to think!🙂
Some takeaways via a 🧵..
The world in itself is simple. Life in itself is simple.
It is WE who make it complicated.
We all live in a subjective world that we OURSELVES have given meaning to from OUR perspective.
So how can then they be the same for all ? 🙂
Ever observed how the world seems beautiful at times , sometimes mean & selfish , at times helpful ?
So does the world actually keep changing or does our subjective world change due to the change in our projections ? 🤔
Something worth reflecting upon !
Not everyone who has faced trauma / calamity as a child grows up to become a bad person.
We determine our own lives as per the meaning we give those past experiences.
WE decide HOW we live - In constant conflict or at peace.
How have you decided to live your life? 🤔
What differentiates us humans from machines is primarily the fact that we possess Emotions.
Each emotion is merely a tool .
It can be used effectively or in a detrimental way.
But then again , what is effective and what is detrimental is all subjective ,ain't it ? 🙂
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- Forget what you don't have, make your strength bold
- Pick one work experience and explain what you did in detail w/ bullet points
- Write it towards the role you apply
- Give social proof
"But I got no work experience..."
Make a open source lib, make a small side project for yourself, do freelance work, ask friends to work with them, no friends? Find friends on Github, and Twitter.
- Show you care about the company: I used the company's brand font and gradient for in the resume for my name and "Thank You" note.
- Don't list 15 things and libraries you worked with, pick the most related ones to the role you're applying.
-🙅♂️"copy cover letter"
"I got no firends, no work"
One practical way is to reach out to conferences and offer to make their website for free. But make sure to do it good. You'll get:
- a project for portfolio
- new friends
- work experience
- learnt new stuff
- new thing for Twitter bio
If you don't even have the skills yet, why not try your chance for @LambdaSchool? No? @freeCodeCamp. Still not? Pick something from here and learn https://t.co/7NPS1zbLTi
You'll feel very overwhelmed, no escape, just acknowledge it and keep pushing.
कुण्डली को कालपुरुष की संज्ञा देकर इसमें शरीर के अंगों को स्थापित कर उनसे रोग, रोगेश, रोग को बढ़ाने घटाने वाले ग्रह
रोग की स्थिति में उत्प्रेरक का कार्य करने वाले ग्रह, आयुर्वेदिक/ऐलोपैथी/होमियोपैथी में से कौन कारगर होगा इसका आँकलन, रक्त विकार, रक्त और आपरेशन की स्थिति, कौन सा आंतरिक या बाहरी अंग प्रभावित होगा इत्यादि गणना करने में कुंडली का प्रयोग किया जाता है।
मेडिकल ज्योतिष में आज के समय में Dr. K. S. Charak का नाम निर्विवाद रूप से प्रथम स्थान रखता है। उनकी लिखी कई पुस्तकें आज इस क्षेत्र में नए ज्योतिषों का मार्गदर्शन कर रही हैं।
प्रथम भाव -
इस भाव से हम व्यक्ति की रोगप्रतिरोधक क्षमता, सिर, मष्तिस्क का विचार करते हैं।
दाहिना नेत्र, मुख, वाणी, नाक, गर्दन व गले के ऊपरी भाग का विचार होता है।
अस्थि, गला,कान, हाथ, कंधे व छाती के आंतरिक अंगों का शुरुआती भाग इत्यादि।
चतुर्थ भाव- छाती व इसके आंतरिक अंग, जातक की मानसिक स्थिति/प्रकृति, स्तन आदि की गणना की जाती है
जातक की बुद्धि व उसकी तीव्रता,पीठ, पसलियां,पेट, हृदय की स्थिति आंकलन में प्रयोग होता है।
रोग भाव कहा जाता है। कुंडली मे इसके तत्कालिक भाव स्वामी, कालपुरुष कुंडली के स्वामी, दृष्टि संबंध, रोगेश की स्थिति, रोगेश के नक्षत्र औऱ रोगेश व भाव की डिग्री इत्यादि।
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Reading Ling Purana provides bhog and moksha to the reader and listeners. It is about Shiva's sermon to Brahma when Shiva entered the Agni Ling and preached about Dharma sidhhi through the stories of Agni Kalp.
Vyasji divided this into two parts. This book is different from others and has eleven thousand shlokas which depict the glory of Shiva. This Puran is the summary about importance of Tridev.
It starts first with a questions. Then it describes the Shrishti in brief.
Then there is description of Yog and Kalp. Next is the evolution of Ling and its puja Vidhi. It consists of dialogue between Sanat Kumar and Shail etc. It also mentions the character of Dadhichi, the dharma representation of that yug, Bhuvan kosh description,
Chandravansh and Surya vansh. Next there is elaborate description of Shrishti, story of Tripur, Ling and Pashu Paash vimoksha, Vrats for Shiva, Discipline, Repentance, Arisht, description of Shri Shail. Next is the story of Andhakasur, Varah, Narsingh,
k¡lling of Jalandhar, Shiv sahastra naam, story of Daksha's yagya and its destruction, killing of Madan and marriage of Parvati.
Next is Vinayak katha, Shiv tandav, Ambrish katha and Upmanyu .