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Newsletter: Getting Anything

(Volume 1, Issue 19)

Topic of the week: Getting Anything

Ray Dalio's Principles and Reed Hastings's No Rules Rules are two books that inspire the writing on Related Perspectives and selections in this newsletter. A principle that surfaces in both books is that the mind is the way to overcoming obstacles. Dalio summarizes it in a recent principle of the day:

Being open-minded is an essential condition for constructive behavior and actions. What is constructive behavior? Constructive behavior is the practice of doggedly seek objectivity, truth and reality while navigating through internal and external obstacles between where you are and where you want to be.

Gratitude to Dalio and Hasting's for describing a foundational principle to getting anything you want, in relationships and work.


Quote of the week

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding about ourselves."

— Carl Jung


Three recent articles

1. Creativity is part discipline and part experience. Lawrence Yeo's allegory story of Stan's working relationship with Creativity is itself a creative explanation how insights occur as the result of accumulating and processing diverse experiences. (Reminds me of Steven Johnson's book: Where Good Ideas Come From.)

2. Frank Martin reminds investors and capital allocators to proceed with caution in today's period of "bubble trouble". He weaves together the issues of historically high valuations, conflicted Fed, unresolved geopolitical conflicts, and prospects of weak demand.

3. Ryan Holiday shares a gem of Stoic wisdom about balance, moderation and pragmatism. Finding balance is one of the hardest things to do. Aristotle explained moderating feelings (i.e., emotions) and actions (i.e., behaviors) is success. But when done well, it baffles others, as Epicurus did by demonstrating a piece of cheese is more satisfying than a feast.


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