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Dalio on the fundamental limit

From Ray Dalio's Principles --

"The first, most important, and typically most difficult step in the 5-Step Process [of getting what you want out of life] is setting goals, because it forces you to decide what you really want and therefore what you can possibly get out of life. This is the step where you face the fundamental limit: life is like a giant smorgasbord of more delicious alternatives than you can ever hope to taste. So you have to reject having some things you want in order to get other things you want more.

Some people fail at this point, afraid to reject a good alternative for fear that the loss will deprive them of some essential ingredient to their personal happiness. As a result, they pursue too many goals at the same time, achieving few or none of them.

So it’s important to remember: it doesn’t really matter if some things are unavailable to you, because the selection of what IS available is so great. (That is why many people who had major losses—e.g., who lost their ability to walk, to see, etc.—and who didn’t narrow-mindedly obsess about their loss but rather open- mindedly accepted and enjoyed what remained, had equally happy lives as those who didn’t ever have these losses.)

My Thoughts on Gun Control

On Where Pianos Roam

Two years ago this month (on January 28, specifically), I was held at gunpoint in east Nashville. Two young males held a revolver up towards me and managed to escape unscathed with my wallet.  It is easily one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. I sometimes reflect on what happened, and hope it never happens again.  (You can read the full story HERE.)

In light of both this and the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last month, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my thoughts on the ongoing debate surrounding gun control.

I have to first say that in spite of my own experience with the barrel of a gun I am not opposed to the right of people to bare arms. In matters of self-defense against thieves, terrorists, rapists, and all sorts of perpetrators, I think that the mindful possession and minimal use of a gun is reasonable.

This is where I draw the line.

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