What's the most important thing you've learned in the past year?

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"The most valuable habit I've acquired is using pain to trigger quality reflections. If you can acquire this habit yourself, you will learn what causes your pain and what you can do about it, and it will have an enormous impact on your effectiveness."
-- Ray Dalio, Principles: Life and Work

Reading Dalio compounded my habit of self-reflection and learning. If you look back a year and can't think of one thing that you've fundamentally changed or learned... then you're probably moving backwards.

What is the most important thing you have learned or changed in the past year? This can be in any aspect of life: relationships, career, human nature, etc.

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Jul 15, 2018

Taking care of mental health. Talking to therapists, talking to significant others and slowly breaking down the stereotypes of mental health.

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Jul 15, 2018

Being realistic and self aware.

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Jul 15, 2018

I think learning to track "my did list" rather than my "to do list". It really helps to be accountable for my time and progress as a person. I let a lot of time slip in the day. Commute, reading news, staring at the phone, etc... Recognizing we all have 16-18 hrs. of awake time, we really should be able to make a list at the end of the day of quality thing we accomplished.

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Jul 15, 2018

If I had to pick one line: Everything is much more complex than you realize

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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Jul 15, 2018

Luck plays a significant role in where you end up in life.

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Jul 15, 2018

Conveying a meaningful narrative is often more important than delivering the highest quality work. It's best to do both, but I've found that even at a junior level, effective communication is a rare skill and financial models are more a commodity.

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Jul 15, 2018

Wait until after sunset to spray the wasp nest on the porch.

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Jul 15, 2018

I want to hear the backstory to this

Made ya look

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Jul 16, 2018

I didn't wait until after sunset to spray the wasp nest on the porch.

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Jul 15, 2018
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