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RayTDalio494 karma

The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant, Hero of a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, The River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy--gee there are so many that are running through my mind.

By the way, happy cake day.

RayTDalio264 karma

Time. I love meaningful work and meaningful relationships and I never have enough time to have as much of them as I would like.

RayTDalio219 karma

While it's a bit more than 20 years ago, the big message I would want to have given myself is "Why are you so stupidly arrogant!?!" That was in 1982 when I was 33, and I would have told myself you can be worlds smarter and raise your chances of making better decisions if you could simply be humble and worried enough about being wrong to have the smartest people who are willing to disagree with you and challenge you so that you could examine their reasoning.

RayTDalio182 karma

I'd love to have people understand the art of thoughtful disagreement. I think the greatest tragedy of most individuals and most groups in dealing with most of their issues is that individuals are inappropriately attached to their own biased perspectives so that they don't properly stress-test their thinking through the art of thoughtful disagreement.

If I could change anything, it would be that individuals understand how thoughtful disagreement can be a path toward idea meritocratic decision-making that gets people past their disagreements onto doing the best things for them individually and collectively.

RayTDalio150 karma

Yes, I'm always learning new principles and refining my old ones. I share and discuss them on social media so if you're interested let's discuss them there.