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SOLVE FOR HAPPY “What keeps us alive and propels us forward are our actions, not

SOLVE FOR HAPPY

“What keeps us alive and propels us forward are our actions, not our fears. Fear, if anything, paralyzes us. It blurs our judgment and blocks us from making the best possible decisions. Fear of failure doesn’t drive our best performance. All it does is add anxiety. What truly drives us to success is our hard work. And you don’t need to be afraid to work hard.”

Mo Gawdat

30 SECOND SUMMARY

After tragedy struck his family, Mo, like any good engineer, spent his time deconstructing the world’s literature on what makes us happy. What he found was that not only does success not beget happiness (it’s the other way around), but happiness is controllable. In fact—it’s a choice. His happiness equation is a never-ending tussle between our expectations and reality. The more our expectations meet reality, the happier we are. Simple! Though first we must see through the Six Grand Illusions: thought, self, knowledge, time, control, and fear; then fix the Seven Great Defects of our brain, namely that it has an over tendency to: filter, assume, recall, predict, feel, label, and exaggerate; then stay anchored in the Five Ultimate Truths: now is real, change is real, and that love and death are real.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT

Studies show that happy professionals are 12% more productive (and therefore have a competitive advantage) over their unhappy counterparts.and that love and death are real. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT Once you have reached your

Once you have reached your financial and business “goals” there is often a lack which proceeds such success. It’s important, therefore, to foresee this trouble and plan for it ahead of time.a competitive advantage) over their unhappy counterparts. No matter how stressful your current life, there are

No matter how stressful your current life, there are easy-to-follow, guaranteed ways of becoming happier. So why not take advantage of them?to foresee this trouble and plan for it ahead of time. CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER, GOOGLE [X]

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SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR HEAD OF EMERGING MARKETS (MICROSOFT) BIG IDEA #1 HAPPINESS IS OUR DEFAULT STATE Know

BIG IDEA #1 HAPPINESS IS OUR DEFAULT STATE

Know this— You are meant to be happy. Look at children at play.Think of yourself without any specific problem.This is how we are meant to be. What to do— Eliminate the Six Grand Illusions, the Seven Great Defects, and become anchored in the Five Ultimate Truths.

BIG IDEA #2 SECRET PRODUCTIVITY

Know this— Studies show that happy workers are 12% more productive than their unhappy counterparts. What to do— Prioritize your happiness, not only because this is the point of life, but also because it will make you a more traditionally successful businessperson.

BIG IDEA #3

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Know this — What makes you particularly happy is different than what makes others happy. What to do — For five minutes, write down everything that makes you happy—then prioritize these activities above activities that do not make you happy.

BIG IDEA #5

THOUGHTS VS. REALITY

Know this — An event or occurrence does not itself make us unhappy.Thinking about an event does. What to do — Avoid rumination.Think about something else. Imagine a new project. Solve a problem. Distract yourself. Get some perspective.

BIG IDEA #7

S TATES OF THOUGHT

Know this — There are four states of thought: Escape, Confusion, Joy, and Incessant. What to do — Your goal is to move from Confusion, to Incessant, to Joy.

BIG IDEA #9

THE SEVEN BLIND SPOTS

Know this — The Seven Defects are that your brain has a tendency to filte r, assume, recall, predict, feel, label, and exaggerate. What to do — Fight the urge to filte r, assume, recall, predict, feel, label, and exaggerate.

If nothing else—remember this…

1. Happiness is a choice. It is not relative to your circumstances. You are in charge. 2. Happiness comes when your reality is equal to or better than what you expected it to be. 3. In order to leave a state of confusion (unhappiness), you must first eradicate the Six Grand Illusions from your life.

must first eradicate the Six Grand Illusions from your life. BIG IDEA #4 BUT WHAT IS

BIG IDEA #4

BUT WHAT IS HAPPINESS?

Illusions from your life. BIG IDEA #4 BUT WHAT IS HAPPINESS? Know this — Happiness is

Know this — Happiness is when reality meets or exceeds what we imagine it should be. What to do — For five minutes, write down everything that makes you happy—Understand that there is no “should be.” There only is what is. Do not judge yourself instead, observe.

BIG IDEA #6

SUFFERING VS. PAIN

Pain is temporary and useful because it is a trigger

tha t we c oul d be in dange r, thoug h suf feri ng is self-impo se d, a thought-prison. What to do — Learn to distinguish between when a pain happens and when it ends. Once it’s over—stop thinking about it.

Know this —

BIG IDEA #8

THE SIX GRAND ILLUSIONS

Know this — The Six Grand Illusions are thought, self, knowledge, time, control, and fear. What to do — Free yourself of the grand illusions in order to feel weightless and in control.

BIG IDEA #10

THE FIVE ULTIMATE TRUTHS

Know this — The 5 Ultimate Truths are an acknowledgement of what is real: now, change, love, death, and a grand design. What to do — Accept and live in accordance with the five ultimate truths.

change, love, death, and a grand design. What to do — Accept and live in accordance