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The Art of the Good Life: 52 Surprising Shortcuts to Happiness, Wealth, and Success

1 Mental Accounting #

How to Turn a Loss into a Win

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2 The Fine Art of Correction #

Why We Overestimate Setup

Summary #

Preparation. Then presence.

I've felt this most in my evolution as a conversationalist — I can't say "podcaster".

My best conversations are when I prepare in advance.
But, in the moment, be perfectly present — not thinking about directing or framing — just being there.

Thoughts with friends #

3 The Pledge #

Inflexibility as a Strategem

Summary #

"Precided" — decided, until proven undecided
Decision over choice

If you want to orient toward efficacy, you have to make decisions before you've seen all the choices.
If we don't the choices — once we realize them — will make us useless.

Thoughts with friends #

4 Block Box Thinking #

Reality Doesn't Care About Your Feelings; or, Why Every False Step Improves Your Life

Summary #

Quick pain; quick progress

"Stay with the pain; don't shut this out. This is your pain. This is your burning hand. It's right here." — Tyler Durden

We have to fight against pain avoidence.
We have to run into the spike.
We have to be brutal with ourselves if we plan to progress.
Pain is progress.

Notes #

Thoughts with friends #

5 Counterproductivity #

Why Timesavers Are Often Timewasters

Summary #

The things own eventually own us

Nothing is intrinsicly valuable.
If we know a thing is valuable in our life, use it.
But interogate your assumptions around optimization.
Know the full cost before saying yes — especially with technology which is "self-enlarging".

Notes #

Thoughts with friends #

6 The Negative Art of the Good Life #

7 The Ovarian Lottery #

8 Thi Introspection Illusion #

9 The Authenticity Trap #

10 The Five-Second No #

11 The Focusing Illusion #

12 The Things You Buy Leave No Real Trace #

13 Fuck-You Money #

14 Thi Circle of Competence #

15 The Secret of Persistence #

16 The Tyranny of a Calling #

17 The Prison of a Good Reputation #

18 The "End of History" Illusion #

19 The Smaller Meaning of Life #

20 Your Two Selves #

21 The Memory Bank #

22 Life Stories Are Lies #

23 The "Good Death" Fallacy #

24 The Spiral of Self-Pity #

25 Hedonism and Eudemonia #

26 The Circle of Dignity — Part I #

27 The Circle of Dignity — Part II #

28 The Circle of Dignity — Part III #

29 The Books of Worries #

30 The Opinion Valcano #

31 Your Mental Fortress #

32 Envy #

33 Prevention #

34 Mental Relief Work #

35 The Focus Trap #

36 Read Less, But Twice—on Principles #

37 The Dogma Trap #

38 Mental Subtraction #

39 The Point of Maximum Deliberation #

40 Other People's Shoes #

41 The Illusion of Changing the World — Part I #

42 The Illusion of Changing the World — Part II #

43 The "Just World" Fallacy #

44 Cargo Cults #

45 If You Run Your Own Race, You Can't Lose #

46 The Arms Race #

47 Making Friends with Weirdos #

48 The Secretary Problemw #

49 Managing Expectations #

50 Sturgeon's Law #

51 In Praise of Modesty #

52 Inner Success #