Summary of “The Key to Act Two”

The essential truth about Act 2, which you must recognize in order to navigate it well, is this: Unless you make a special effort, you are probably not going to get damaged enough in Act 1 to become a key.
The trick to Act 2 is to recognize that Act 1 was mostly about turning into a key.
So whatever else it unlocks, the main thing unlocked by the key you turn into during Act 1 is your ability to actually inhabit your own life through Act 2.
For us in the 90%, unless you recognize that Act 1 is a key-making act, and figure out what sort of key you’ve turned into, and what sort of locks you should go looking for, you’re destined to end up, somewhere in the neighborhood of 40, going, “Err somebody call the superintendent, I can’t get into my apartment.”
You’ve heard of nature and nurture, right? Nature and nurture get you to the end of Act I and to the bathroom line in the lobby, but if that’s all you have, you aren’t a key.
So the key to becoming a key is to seek out the right tortures that can bind the undetermined variables in interesting, unique, hard-to-hack ways that have a shot at unlocking an interesting door instead of turning you a hackable signaling puppet.
Whether you arrive at keydom with an agile or waterfall Act 1, the question is, what exactly is a key in human condition terms? How do you know when you’ve become one? What do you do once you’ve become one? How do you protect it? Why should you protect it?
To be a key is to potentially become immortal, because what you have unlocked cannot be locked up again once you’re dead, because, heh, you’re the only key remember?

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Summary of “A Long Walk Is As Good for the Mind As It Is for the Body”

“It does good also to take walks out of doors, that our spirits may be raised and refreshed by the open air and fresh breeze.”
“We should take wandering outdoor walks, so that the mind might be nourished and refreshed by the open air and deep breathing.”
It’s good for you to go outside and take a walk.
Your state of mind and spirit will improve as you breathe in some fresh air.
What to Take From It. There’s no doubt that walking every day, even if only for 20 minutes or so, is good for your health.
You can even try what I do and use walking as a time to meditate and reflect on what’s happening in your life.
When something is troubling you, or you’re facing a particularly tough obstacle, step outside and walk.
Don’t run from your problems, friend, walk toward a solution.

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Summary of “So Two Stoics Walk Into a Bar”

Why was Seneca ordering a drink at the FS Bar? And who was that next to him? Is that Epictetus? It’s clear this was going to be no ordinary night at the FS bar.
Seneca turns to Epictetus, obviously continuing a conversation they had started earlier.
If you find someone who has the same approach to life as you, then it’s possible to share your life with them.
Seneca: But surely a life without emotional attachment is not the kind of life that will provide contentment?
Epictetus: You probably think our conversation isn’t very appropriate for a bar.
As soon as you want a spouse, you compromise your ability to control your life.
A lot of bad shit happens in life, to us and the ones we love.
If you start off accepting that fortune, or fate, or however you understand the world, brings both good and bad, then you will be able to still find contentment no matter what life throws at you.

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Summary of “‘What’s the point of a risk-free life?'”

She came with a whole life and libido of her own.
To speak our life as we feel it is a freedom we mostly choose not to take, but it seemed to me that the words she wanted to say were lively inside her, mysterious to herself as much as anyone else.
This action of dismantling and packing up a long life lived together seemed to flip time into a weird shape; a flashback to leaving South Africa, the country of my birth, when I was nine years old, and a flash forward to an unknown life I was yet to live at 50.
More urgently, I no longer had a study at the most professionally busy time in my life.
What’s the point of that sort of life? As I wheeled my electric bike through the park on the way to my writing shed, my hands had turned blue from the cold.
De Beauvoir knew that a life without love was a waste of time.
She remained committed to Sartre being the essential love of her life for 51 years, despite their other attachments.
All the same, as she had written to the writer Nelson Algren, in the flush of their new love: “I want everything from life, I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and have loneliness, to work much and write good books and to travel and enjoy myself …”.

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Summary of “My life philosophy: 49 things I’ve learned during 49 years on Earth”

You receive tickets every time you try new things and meet new people.
Again from How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World: “You are free to live your life as you wantThe demands and wishes of others don’t control your life. You do. You make the decisionsThere are thousands of people who wouldn’t demand that you bend yourself out of shape to please them. There are people who will want you to be yourself, people who see things as you do, people who want the same things you want. Why should you have to waste your life in a futile effort to please those with whom you aren’t compatible?” Be impeccable with your word.
When you take things personally, you’re allowing others to control your life and your happiness.
There are a lot of people out there who want to tell others what’s wrong with their actions, why the things they want to do can’t be done.
You’re more likely to regret the things you don’t do than the things you do.
Strip from your life the things that take time, money, and energy, but which do not bring you joy.
History is filled with examples of folks who achieve great things later in life.
This is the most important thing I’ve learned during my 49 years of life.

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Summary of “19 Great Truths My Grandmother Told Me on Her 90th Birthday”

Those are the opening lines of the final entry in my grandmother Zelda’s journal-a 270-page leather-bound journal she wrote small entries in almost every morning during the final decade of her life.
Design YOUR journey every step of the way! The life you create from doing something that moves you is far better than the life you get from sitting around wishing you were doing it.
One of the most important abilities you can develop in life is the willingness to accept and grow through times of difficulty and discomfort.
The truth is, throughout your life there will be times when the world gets real quiet and the only thing left is the beat of your own heart.
Ultimately, the people in your life make all the difference in the person you are capable of being.
Life is just too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
Don’t give part-time people a full-time position in your life.
It’s during the toughest times of your life that you’ll get to see the true colors of the people who say they care about you.

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Summary of “18 Things You Need To Give Up To Become A High-Achieving Person”

Are you willing to give up late nights out for late nights in working? Are you willing to turn a deaf ear to blind criticisms? Are you willing to listen to helpful ones? Are you going to be able to give up the doubt, the resistance, the uncertainty, the avoidance mechanisms? As Mastin Kipp says: Are you willing to live as other people won’t, so maybe you can live as other people can’t?
High achieving people understand that the foundation of life is the white space – and that because our energy is limited each day, what we spend it on will define us in the future.
Building your own business or embarking on a side project or trying a whole new career doesn’t mean you’re diverting from the path of certainty and into a life of the reckless unknown.
Your anxiety? It’s telling you that something in your life is off balance.
If you want to get anywhere, you need to be able to let them speak to you, and tell you what you really need.
Passion might have told you what you want to do in life, but it isn’t going to be the thing that propels you through late nights of work and difficult days that make you just want to quit.
To become a high achieving person, you need principles and you need habits.
The reality is that life unfolds from the inside out, and that we don’t change when our circumstances do, our circumstances change when we do.

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Summary of “18 Things You Need To Give Up To Become A High-Achieving Person”

Are you willing to give up late nights out for late nights in working? Are you willing to turn a deaf ear to blind criticisms? Are you willing to listen to helpful ones? Are you going to be able to give up the doubt, the resistance, the uncertainty, the avoidance mechanisms? As Mastin Kipp says: Are you willing to live as other people won’t, so maybe you can live as other people can’t?
High achieving people understand that the foundation of life is the white space – and that because our energy is limited each day, what we spend it on will define us in the future.
Building your own business or embarking on a side project or trying a whole new career doesn’t mean you’re diverting from the path of certainty and into a life of the reckless unknown.
Your anxiety? It’s telling you that something in your life is off balance.
If you want to get anywhere, you need to be able to let them speak to you, and tell you what you really need.
Passion might have told you what you want to do in life, but it isn’t going to be the thing that propels you through late nights of work and difficult days that make you just want to quit.
To become a high achieving person, you need principles and you need habits.
The reality is that life unfolds from the inside out, and that we don’t change when our circumstances do, our circumstances change when we do.

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Summary of “Spouses Who Have This 1 View of Their Partner are Twice as Happy in Life”

Another is the desire to publicly commit to your best friend that you will be with him or her forever, no matter what.
The study in question, out of the National Bureau of Economic Research, is creatively titled, “How’s Life at Home? New Evidence on Marriage and the Set Point for Happiness.” One of its main findings is that individuals who consider their spouse to be their best friend are more satisfied with their lives overall.
“[T]hose who are best friends with their partners have the largest well-being benefits from marriage and cohabitation, even when controlling for pre-marital well-being levels,” the researchers state.
“The wellbeing benefits of marriage are on average about twice as large for those whose spouse is also their best friend.”
As stated, roughly half of the individuals in the study listed their partner as their best friend; half didn’t.
The scientists controlled for age, gender, income, health status, and previous life satisfaction.
A best friend is someone you can call anytime, anywhere, without feeling like they’ll resent you for it.
If you’re already married to the person you consider your best friend, then this kind of research determination is cause for celebration.

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Summary of “How to Attain Self-Realization”

I’m going to dive into what exactly self-realization is and the exact steps you can take to attain it for yourself.
How psychologists see self-realizationHumanistic psychology also follows a similar train of thought about self-realization.
Psychologist Abraham Maslow has named people he considered to have reached self-realization such as Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to name a few.
Self-realization cannot be achieved if you are struggling financially and too caught up in worrying about how to pay for the rent and provide food for your family.
How religions see self-realizationIn religions, the concept of self-realization is taken from a different perspective altogether.
Whatever the situation, self-realization gives you the safe space you need to heal and grow.
It does a great job of demystifying what meditation really is and how it can benefit you to achieving self-realization.
How to make time for self-realization every dayI know what you’re thinking.

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