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What are the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering? Can we adopt and live by a code of conduct with only four rules? this week's book review The Four Agreements

Welcome back to the book review series distilling down best BOOKS that make your life better in around 20min or so. I take those 300 pages and give you the BEST ideas from them. Normally 10, but today different - only 5. Shorter for this shorter book.

The Four Agreements is an awesome book by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book summary and book review of "The Four Agreements" will go over the BEST 10 IDEAS from Don Miguel Ruiz's book. You might also consider getting the full book or audiobook for this – it’s great.

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The Big 10 Ideas


1. Simple Does Not Mean Ineffective
“The definition of a genius is taking the complex and making it simple” -Albert Einstein
This book “too simple” or “we already know this” Reviews on Amazon - BASIC. Writing style of 4th grader / etc Often times easier to write something off then practice fundamentals (health hacks / tactics vs. fundamentals). Yes, these 4-agreements you have heard in some way before, have we lived them? Internalized them? Reminded of them.

2. Be Impeccable With Your Words
Your word is your bond. Words are most powerful force we have. In book: words spell cast on people - double edged, used to uplift or tear down. Why? because words implant thoughts witch can lead to beliefs and turn into actions. Your words influence.

3. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing anyone does is because of us. Example:
BAD DAY: missed deadline / hung over / 5 hours sleep / stressed - how would you treat your wife?
GOOD DAY: got promotion / paycheck / saw friends at lunch - how would you treat your wife?
Same person, same situations - two totally different moods because of a day. Two different outcomes. Nothing anyone does is because of us.

MARCUS AURELIUS: tell us not to worry about the opinion of other people who don’t even have a good opinion of themselves! He tells us: “The approval of such men, who do not even stand well in their own eyes, has no value for him.” Only reason we take things personally are because we agree with them! “You are stupid” - only bugs us if we let it in + agree.

4. Don’t Make Assumptions
When you assume it makes an “Ass-“ out of “-ume”
EX: Me with politics and voters book. Blind guy I thought was douche bag. All had story made up in our head about someone wronging us, play it out - full conversation. When they say X i’ll say Y. Job / boss / workplace / etc. Ever happened and then they were nice about it? Feel awful. Catch yourself making assumptions.

5. Always Do Your Best
Louis CK bit: do your job - isn’t it worse?
Will change moment to moment but still give whatever your best is that day. (energy flux / mood flux / season flux / etc)

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