Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. This might be one of the first books that I skipped parts of just because I wanted to get to the thing that mattered to me and I understand that it was the best decision I made.
The book is divided into three parts with one part about Ray Dalio and his own personal journey to the point to where it came to him discovering what he wrote in the book. I personally was not interested in Ray’s personal journey and I skipped that part and went immediately to the next part which describes Life principles which each and every person can follow and create in their own lives. He talks about what principles he uses himself in his life and how he maintains them. Next he talks about Work Principles a part which wasn’t of much use to me but I still read it understanding the importance of having accountability and having an ideal system in place so that people can work efficiently and like their job. Though the core basis of his system remains the same that is The Five Step Process, Ray goes deeper in each section of the book focusing on different things and making it all beautifully come together.
There’s also a summary of everything that is taught in each of the chapters at the end of the different parts of the book so if you like you can simply go to it read through it once and then go to whichever part you feel like you need at that point in your life and then just read through it. The book talks about the mind and accountability a lot but since its written in fairly simple English and easy grammar I suggest that everybody read it when they can even if they feel like the book has nothing to offer them. Believe me, it has a lot to offer you even if you want to skip through work principles because you feel like you don’t need it, you absolutely need the Life Principles part. The book isn’t soft and appealing, rather it talks a lot about making tough choices in life and choosing between comfort and growth. While that may turn a lot of people away from the book, it shouldn’t make you feel like this isn’t for you.
The image up above describes the Five Step Process that Ray shows in his book. It’s about having audacious goals, goals which people will tell you aren’t possible or that people thing aren’t achievable, failing at those goals, which means that you weren’t prepared or you weren’t putting in enough hard work for it. Then comes learning Principles, the most important part. Look at why you failed and then look into why the thing happened because of which you failed. This constant asking of why? leads to you finally realizing where it is that you were going wrong so you can accept your failure and learn that it isn’t one event that caused you to fail but rather a past even which might have instilled something deep down in your mind that caused you to fail. Then you make Principles for yourself to follow so that you can get through that why that has caused you to fail. Put that Principle into practice and you should see yourself improving, then you can have more audacious goals and the process can continue making you better as you go along and get what you wanted. This simple breakdown itself proves that Ray Dalio explained well in his book how to live life.
If there was one thing that I had to complain about in this book, because nothing is perfect, it would be the lack of better examples of what Ray is talking about because though he writes fairly simply his concepts and ideals can sometimes be confusing. The concept of idea meritocracy is great because it tells that people should move according to merit and if people understood that they could see that God should be at the top of this idea meritocracy since he’s the one with the most merit and this system is one that was already explained in the Vedas once before. Overall, the book is a must read even if you skip through some parts because the book is written in a way that you can pick up from wherever you like and get on with it.
So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this. Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.