Black and white portrait of Ray Dalio: Narrator and Creator of Life Principles

Principles are ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life.

Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, cites principles as his key to success.

Life Principle

Remember that decisions need to be made at the appropriate level, but they should also be consistent across levels.

For instance, if you want to have a healthy life, you shouldn’t have twelve sausage links and a beer every day for breakfast. In other words, you need to constantly connect and reconcile the data you’re gathering at different levels in order to draw a complete picture of what’s going on. Like synthesizing in general, some people are naturally better at this than others, but anyone can learn to do this to one degree or another. To do it well, it’s necessary to:

  1. Remember that multiple levels exist for all subjects.
  2. Be aware on what level you’re examining a given subject.
  3. Consciously navigate levels rather than see subjects as undifferentiated piles of facts that can be browsed randomly.
  4. Diagram the flow of your thought processes using the outline template shown here.

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