Principles by Ray Dalio (video)

Another video that's worth your time.  Watch it instead of another episode of your favorite show.  

Join me on a thought-provoking adventure in my new animated mini-series, Principles for Success. I've taken my book Principles, and distilled it into a 30 minute ultra mini series that focuses on the life principles that have helped me the most.

We are turkeys

Mr. Turkey is a good bird.  He works hard pecking the ground, loves his fellow turkeys, and tries to go to church on Sundays.  He loves everyone, especially the butcher.  

The butcher is a wonderful human.  He feeds Mr. Turkey's community with equal amounts of love.  Good food in good company.  What could be better? 

In fact, studies show (according to Turkey Today) that things have never been better.  Every week they get more food and there has never been a downturn in the economy, EVER!  Things will only go up, forever!  

Then comes turkey day.  Mr. Butcher doesn't bring food, but an ax.  How can this be?  Mr. Turkey's predictions never saw this coming!  He'd been in charge of predicting how much turkey food they would get every week.  He has projections out to 5, 10, and 20 years.  

Things get violent, then there's quiet.  

Then there's a community of new young turkeys.  Getting fed, enjoying life, loving the butcher, projecting positive futures to infinity.  

Unfortunately, we are all turkeys.  

Fortunately, the time we get is a gift. 

Memento Mori

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Ditching ROI

It's easy to get wrapped up in striving to improve for the sake of progress.  

What's not easy is asking ourselves what it means to live life fully.  

It means that maybe we need to stop asking "what's the ROI on this?" and instead listen to our hearts to tell us what makes it sing.  

The funny thing is, we find that the biggest ROI comes from listening anyway.  It just takes a scary leap to change our map in the first place.

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Your tribe isn't on Facebook or Instagram.

"Oh, I don't care what people think about me.  I like to stand out.  I'm different."  

No, you're not different.  And yes, you do care what people think.  

We don't like to admit it, but we are a tribal species.  In fact, a large indicator of happiness is feeling connected and having meaningful relationships.  If we look at someone who is depressed and look at their lack of involvement in the tribe, we usually find that they are disconnected.  

The thing is, we don't get what we need through social media.  

Where's your tribe?  Or better yet, how do we make one?

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