“Principles” by Ray Dalio

If you don’t like self-help books and you struggle to find time to read long pieces, make sure you read the publication by Ray Dalio available for free (!!) here

Ray Dalio is an investor running one of the world’s largest hedge funds, Bridgewater Associates. He also appeared on Time 100 list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. In 2011 and 2012 he made it to top 50 most influential people according to Bloomberg Markets.

Long story short, he is a succesful person according to the society’s standards.

In the publication he shares with us his life and management principles that he believes helped him to reach the point he is in now.

The most surprising thing is that his insights are unique. I have read few books around the subject and he is the one that stands out. Perhabs that’s why he is the 30th richest person in the USA while the authors of the other books are barely known…

Considering the facts that it takes only few hours to read “Principles” and that they can really change your life, I believe the return on the invested time is undesputable.

 

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“A Guide to the Good Life” by William B. Irvine

Everything you know about stoic wisdom is wrong, probably.

Before reading the book the statement definitely could be applied to descripe myself.

Because of the type of the society we live in focusing on money and the fact that philosophy isn’t a common subject of conversations or education, most people do not understand the beauty of stoic joy. For them there is nothing like stoic joy at all believing that the philisophy is about self-control and the lack of happiness.

So wrong!

William B. Irvine in a very clear way fights this misconeption. The book is very easy to read (or to listen to as it was in my case). The author gives us a great insight into the history of this way of living that was implemented by legendary people like Marcus Aurelius.

The best thing about the book though is that the author himself has recently started living the stoic life so he knows exactly how it is like to change, thus giving great advices and showing actions that can be easily taken to become better stoics and thus improve the quality of your life.

Definitely one of the best books I have read in 2016. Now it’s time to work on myself and put the wisdom from the book into action.

 

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“How to Get a Meeting with Anyone” by Stu Heinecke

Have you ever wanted to get in touch with your role models and heroes?

Or perhaps you know that contacting that one influencer will significantly boost the sales of your company.

If you have read Recession-Proof Graduate you know how important networking and reaching some particular people is important and can bring you incredible results

But how do you go about it?

Stu Heinecke in his book gives tonnes of advice and examples of the people like you who went an extra mile to land the meeting that helped their career significantly.

Stu claims that the Return on Investment and the efficiency of some of his methods is unmet by any other marketing techniques. No matter if you like the statements like that or not, I do not hesitate to say that it should be a very important book for all, especially young people trying to make stuff happen.

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Is it still raining?

How much time does it take you to realize that it stopped rainig?

Being based in London I often get to walk down the street accompanied by a drizzle.

Only recently have I noticed that even if it stops rainig, some people are still protecting themselves with umbrellas.

And it made me think…

They do that because they are already so used to rain that they forget to check if the conditions outside their “dry zone” have changed.

Now, I believe we can use that annalogy to a daily life.

How often do you start doing something because you had to (or you thought you have to do it) and then you don’t notice that the conditions have changed and you should adjust your actions?

To give an example, over the last year I used to go to bed very late thinking that I am being more productive and that it allows me to do the work. Then, I started a new job thus every evening is a very tiring time for me and all I think about is going to bed.

After few weeks of pushing myself to go to bed late I decided to try and go to bed very early to wake up very early.

The effect was amazing.

Although I sleep the same amount of time, I get to do far more things since I wake up fresh and get to have very productive mornings.

I guess what I am trying to say is to recommend you to open your eyes and analyze everything you do to see if status quo is the best thing for you.

And remember that often it takes only as little as taking your hand outside the umbrella to check if it is still raining.

So why not to try?

 

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“48 Laws of Power” by Robert Green

One of the most enjoyable read I have stumbled upon in recent months.

If you enjoyed “How to Win Friends and Influence People” you will definitely immense yourself fully in this position.

Robert Green is great in digging up the most interesting and astonishing stories from the history that will help you memorise the laws.

Want ot be more powerful? Read the book.

Don’t dream about the power? Read the book to be aware of all the tricks others can use on you.

 

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