Alex Hormozi: This is Why You're Not Happy - Eye Opening

Last updated: Jun 14, 2023

The video discusses how expectations can affect happiness, particularly in the context of education and acquiring skills as an entrepreneur.

This video by Alex Hormozi was published on Feb 9, 2021.
Video length: 14:06.

In this video, Alex Hormozi talks about how expectations can affect happiness and success, specifically in the context of education and entrepreneurship.

He uses the analogy of a bridge with bricks representing skills, and explains how having a binary outcome mindset can be detrimental to progress.

Instead, he suggests focusing on the continuum of progress and adjusting expectations to achieve greater happiness.

  • Expectations can affect happiness
  • The secret to happiness is having less wants
  • Education and acquiring skills can be frustrating with binary outcomes
  • Most things exist on a continuum
  • Don't give yourself a binary outcome of success or failure when learning something new
  • Acquiring skills is like building a bridge
  • It's important to acknowledge the value of all sources of education, not just the one that led to immediate success

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Alex Hormozi: This is Why You

Introduction

  • Expectations can affect happiness
  • The secret to happiness is having less wants
  • Expectations can make or destroy your life
  • Many people have figured out the secret to happiness
Alex Hormozi: This is Why You

Education and Expectations

  • Expectations around education can be dangerous
  • People buy courses, mentorships, workshops, seminars, and events to get over the bridge
  • Skills are like bricks on the bridge
  • Binary outcomes can be frustrating
  • Most things exist on a continuum
Alex Hormozi: This is Why You

The Danger of Binary Outcomes

  • Psychological binaries miss actual reality
  • Acquiring new skills can be dangerous with psychological binaries
  • Buying a course on copywriting may not make you a millionaire yet
  • Putting another brick on your bridge is progress
  • Coaches can move you forward to a certain degree
Alex Hormozi: This is Why You

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Conclusion

  • Expectations can be dangerous
  • Having less wants can lead to happiness
  • Education and acquiring skills can be frustrating with binary outcomes
  • Most things exist on a continuum
Alex Hormozi: This is Why You

Shifting Perspective

  • People have psychological issues that prevent them from acknowledging the value of learning from multiple teachers.
  • Rich people often credit multiple mentors for their success.
  • Expectations can affect happiness.
  • People spend a lot of money and time on education without expecting to make money from it.
  • The marketing messaging and sales of academic institutions contribute to this lack of expectation.
Alex Hormozi: This is Why You

Binary Outcome vs. Progress

  • Don't give yourself a binary outcome of success or failure when learning something new.
  • Ask yourself if you are closer or further away from your goal.
  • Spending money on education is valuable even if it doesn't lead to immediate success.
  • Align your education expectations with a long-term goal.
  • Jumping from opportunity to opportunity can prevent you from making progress.
Alex Hormozi: This is Why You

Acquiring Skills

  • Acquiring skills is like building a bridge.
  • Don't start building a new bridge every time you face a setback.
  • Failure can provide valuable skills for future success.
  • People often credit one source for their success when they have acquired skills from multiple sources.
  • Binary outcome expectations can prevent people from acknowledging the value of previous sources of education.
Alex Hormozi: This is Why You

Credit Where Credit is Due

  • People often credit one source for their success when they have acquired skills from multiple sources.
  • Binary outcome expectations can prevent people from acknowledging the value of previous sources of education.
  • It's important to acknowledge the value of all sources of education, not just the one that led to immediate success.
  • Don't blame previous sources of education for your lack of success.
  • Be fair to yourself and others by acknowledging the value of all sources of education.
Alex Hormozi: This is Why You

Expectations and Happiness

  • Expectations can affect happiness.
  • Lowering expectations can lead to greater happiness.
  • It's important to ask if expectations are reasonable and if they can be lowered.
  • Decrease expectations on outcomes, but increase expectations on activity and actions.
  • A formula for business success is to increase expectations on activity and decrease expectations on outcomes.
  • Having good mentors can help identify missing skills and bricks on the path to success.
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Education and Skill Acquisition

  • Thinking about education and skill acquisition on a continuum can lead to a more favorable experience.
  • Identifying missing bricks on the path to success can help achieve goals.
  • Having good mentors can help identify missing skills and bricks on the path to success.
  • It's important to focus on the progress made rather than perceived setbacks.
  • Attributing success to one person may not be accurate, as it may have been a combination of factors and efforts.
  • Lowering expectations of outcomes can lead to greater success in the long run.

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