Sometimes, the most obvious thing doesn’t get mentioned. Or the people who talk about it just assume that everyone knows it.
The Secret to Conventional Success We Don’t Talk About [Money with Katie] – “The people with everything from the bodies you want, to the lifestyles you desire, and even the jobs you envy are not more disciplined than you are—they’ve just found approaches they enjoy. They like what they do.” If you like it, you’re more likely to do it.
This, coupled with the ideas:
1. Success must come with struggle and
2. You must to optimize everything leads to suboptimal outcomes.
Those two have led to bad outcomes. The 2nd best workout plan you do is better than the best workout plan you don’t do.
Getting to Happy [Adam Grossman on Humble Dollar] – “There’s a fair amount of evidence supporting the notion that comparisons detract from our happiness. Many people find it surprising, for example, that Nordic countries tend to be rated among the happiest in the world. They aren’t the wealthiest, and their weather is among the worst. What they have in their favor, though, is relatively less income inequality than in the U.S. The implication: As a driver of happiness, the amount someone earns is less important than what he earns relative to his peers.”
The Untold Story of Napoleon Hill, the Greatest Self-Help Scammer of All Time [Gizmodo] – “Napoleon Hill is the most famous conman you’ve probably never heard of. Born into poverty in rural Virginia at the end of the 19th century, Hill went on to write one of the most successful self-help books of the 20th century: Think and Grow Rich. In fact, he helped invent the genre. But it’s the untold story of Hill’s fraudulent business practices, tawdry sex life, and membership in a New York cult that makes him so fascinating.” Tawdry!