Each day, we face a continuous stream of choices. And together, the choices we make determine the trajectory of our lives. As the late, great Jim Rohn put it:
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day, while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”
If you consistently make good choices, you’ll make remarkable progress toward your goals. But if you regularly make poor ones, they’ll always seem helplessly out of reach.
Most people assume that being effective means getting a lot of things done each day. But that’s wrong. You can go through your entire life completing a huge amount of tasks that never amount to anything.
So, being effective is not amount quantity, but about quality. It’s about discerning the few tasks that are truly important and consistently getting them done.
That can be surprisingly difficult to do. So, in this article, I’ll share the most useful mental models to think and act more effectively.
In the late 1800s, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto was tending his garden when he noticed…
We all like to think that we can understand things clearly, come to sensible conclusions, and make rational decisions. But more often than not, we overestimate our own judgment.
Reality is always more complicated than it seems. The decisions we face are often more intricate than they appear. And to make matters worse, our minds often fall for cognitive biases and logical fallacies that distort our thinking and derail our reasoning.
Thinking is hard. But, luckily, a few simple concepts can make it much easier. …
Charlie Munger is a billionaire businessman and the right-hand man of investing legend Warren Buffett. In one of his shareholder letters, Munger wrote:
It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.
While most people try to be smart, Munger and Buffett try to avoid being stupid. Rather than trying to win, they try to avoid losing. As Buffett puts it in one of his most famous sayings:
Rule #1: Never lose money. Rule #2: Never forget rule number one.
Munger and Buffett…
We all have many areas of our lives that we would like to improve. In fact, there are so many of them that it can get overwhelming.
If you’ve ever tried setting goals for every major category like your career, finances, health, family, education, personal growth, and so on, you probably know what I mean.
It’s easy to spread yourself too thin and make very little progress in all of them. And that’s why I find this little piece of wisdom from Sigmund Freud so helpful:
Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
These two areas are really…
Throughout his career, basketball coach John Wooden led his teams to a total winning record of 664–162. At times, his teams seemed nearly unbeatable with winning streaks as long as 88 games in a row.
Wooden was awarded the NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year six times and was eventually inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Today, many sportswriters consider him the most accomplished coach that ever lived. Not just in basketball — but in all of sports history!
And one of Wooden’s central teachings is just as useful in life as it is in basketball.
Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits in the past. The quality of your health, work, and relationships all depend on the habits you’ve had until now. So, when you learn how to build good habits, you can build a good life. You’ll find every behavior change strategy you need in this article. But first, we’ll explore the basic anatomy of habits.
Researchers at MIT have discovered a simple neurological loop that underlies every habit. This “habit loop” has three parts:
I’ve tried countless self-improvement strategies over the years.
Most of them were fruitless. Some were somewhat useful. And a few were life-changing.
The strategy I’m going to tell you about today belongs in the latter category.
It’s super-simple, and yet it can have a considerable impact on how you think, feel, and perform every day.
To understand how it works, I first need to emphasize…
Have you ever noticed how some of your habits tend to “spill over” and affect other aspects of your life? These are your keystone habits.
As an example, one of my keystone habits is running.
“What’s the meaning of life?”
This question has occupied countless philosophers throughout history. According to Stoicism, the answer to that question is eudaimonia. That word is tricky to translate, but you can think of it as personal flourishing.
And the way to attain eudaimonia is contained within the term itself. Etymologically, it consists of two words, eu (good) and daimōn (spirit).
So, to flourish in life, you have to be on good terms with your inner daimōn, which is basically your highest self.
In other words, you have to continually express the best version of yourself. When you do that…
As you go through life, you will encounter difficult people. These interactions can be incredibly frustrating. And you’ll likely find yourself wishing that you could change these people.
You might even try to do it. But if you do, you’ll inevitably find that it’s a waste of time. No matter how badly you want to, you simply cannot control how others behave.
What you can control, however, is your own response to these people. You can choose how you want to perceive them. And you can decide how you want to respond in their presence. …