How to be happy, get rich and other advice

  • Tips on how to be happy and successful
    • Life is more than being shrewd in wealth accumulation.
    • A lot of success in life comes from knowing what you want to avoid.
    • Develop good mental habits. It pays to draw from many disciplines
    • Avoid evil, particularly if they’re attractive members of the opposite sex.
    • If your new behavior earns you a little temporary unpopularity with your peers, then to hell with them.
  • Be satisfied with what you have/ beware of envy.
    • If you’re comfortably rich and someone else is getting richer faster, so what. Someone will always be getting richer faster than you.
  • How to get rich
    • Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than when you woke up.
    • Discharge your duties faithfully and we’ll. Step by step you get ahead but not necessarily in fast spurts.
    • Build discipline by preparing for the fast spurts slugging it out one inch at a time, day by day.
    • At the end of the day- if you live long enough- most people get what they deserve.
  • How to find a good spouse
    • There is only one way. Deserve a good spouse(someone who isn’t nuts)
  • The importance of reading
    • There are no wise people over a broad subject matter area who don’t read all the time.
    • Read biographies.
      • If you’re trying to teach the great concepts that work, it helps to tie them into the lives and personalities of the people who developed them.
      • Make friends among the eminent dead who had the right ideas. It’s way better than just being given the basic concepts.
  • Reduce material needs
    • One of the great defences if you’re worried about inflation is not to have a lot of silly needs in your life. I don’t need a lot of material goods.
  • Philanthropy
    • The fortunate have a responsibility to give back.
  • Avoid debt
    • Once in debt, it’s hell to get out. You can’t get ahead while paying back
  • It is normal for self appraisal to be more positive than external appraisal.
  • When you’ve mixed raisins with turds, you’ve still got turds
  • Don’t have a negative public reputation.

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