The KEY PRINCIPLES For Building A Life Of WEALTH & SUCCESS | Ray Dalio

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is about the key principles for building a life of wealth and success, as explained by Ray Dalio, the founder of the most successful hedge fund of all time.

The video features an interview with Ray Dalio, the founder of the most successful hedge fund of all time, who shares his key principles for building a life of wealth and success. Dalio talks about the importance of gaining humility and learning from failures, as well as betting against the consensus and being right. He also discusses his mission of financial and ideological philanthropy and passing along helpful insights to others. The interview touches on Dalio's realization that he couldn't always trust that he was right and the importance of being open to the possibility of being wrong.

  • Ray Dalio founded the most successful hedge fund of all time.
  • He started as a middle-class kid and became one of the 100 wealthiest people on earth.
  • He wants to pass along his knowledge and is a sought-after voice in business leadership.
  • Humility and the ability to admit when you're wrong are important for success.
  • Radical transparency, diversification, and aligning the subliminal and logical are key principles for success.
  • Meditation can help align the subliminal and logical and achieve hyper-realism and objectivity.
  • It's important to take responsibility for one's life and decisions.
  • Ray Dalio accurately predicted the 2008 financial crisis and positioned his clients to come out better because of it.
  • He is on a mission of both financial and ideological philanthropy.

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Introduction

  • Ray Dalio is the founder of the most successful hedge fund of all time.
  • He started out as a middle-class kid from Long Island.
  • He struggled in high school and barely got into college.
  • He turned himself into one of the 100 wealthiest people on planet earth.
  • He is now on a mission of both financial and ideological philanthropy.
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Learning from Failure

  • Everybody crashes and then you're faced with that crash.
  • You either have an epiphany or you don't.
  • You either get off the field or you learn.
  • To gain humility is the thing.
  • In the investment management business, you have to bet against the consensus and be right.
  • As an entrepreneur, you have to bet against the consensus and be right.
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Recognizing the Coming Implosion

  • Ray Dalio accurately predicted the 2008 financial crisis.
  • Using principles that he'd established over decades, he and his team were able to recognize the coming implosion.
  • They positioned his clients to not only weather the storm but to come out far better because of it.
  • Fortune magazine named his company Bridgewater one of the top five most influential private companies in the U.S.
  • Time magazine named him personally as one of the 100 most influential people alive.
  • He's been called the da Vinci of investing.
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Passing Along Helpful Principles

  • Ray Dalio wants to pass along the things that have been helpful to him.
  • He is now on a mission of both financial and ideological philanthropy.
  • He believes that his methods can be adopted by anyone.
  • He is one of the most sought-after voices in business leadership.
  • He is the author of Principles and Big Debt Crises.
  • He is 70 years old and wants to pass along his knowledge.
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Learning from Failure

  • Ray Dalio experienced a major failure in 1982 when he predicted an economic crisis that did not happen.
  • He had to let go of employees and borrow money from his father to pay bills.
  • He realized that he needed to learn from his mistakes and figure out how to be right in the future.
  • He read books and sought out the opinions of people who disagreed with him.
  • He learned that humility and the ability to admit when you are wrong are important for success.
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The Two "Yous"

  • There are two parts of the brain that want different things: the logical, conscious part and the emotional, subliminal part.
  • The emotional part often has more influence on decision-making than the logical part.
  • There are ego and blind spot barriers that can prevent people from making good decisions.
  • Getting past these barriers requires humility and the ability to admit when you are wrong.
  • Learning to meditate can help people gain control over their emotions and make better decisions.
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The Importance of Radical Transparency

  • Radical transparency means being completely honest with yourself and others.
  • It requires being open to criticism and feedback.
  • It can be uncomfortable, but it is necessary for personal and professional growth.
  • Radical transparency can help people identify their blind spots and improve their decision-making.
  • It can also help teams work more effectively together.
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The Power of Diversification

  • Diversification means spreading out investments or risks across different areas.
  • It is important for reducing risk and increasing returns.
  • Diversification can be achieved through investing in different asset classes, industries, and geographic regions.
  • It is important to have a well-thought-out plan for diversification and to stick to it.
  • Rebalancing regularly can help maintain a diversified portfolio.
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The Importance of Aligning the Subliminal and the Logical

  • Meditation helps to deal with the alignment of the subliminal and the logical.
  • Intuition and imagination come from the subliminal, while logic comes from the conscious mind.
  • Aligning the subliminal and the logical is important for making good decisions.
  • Triangulating with others can help to align the subliminal and the logical.
  • Being overly opinionated can hinder the alignment process.
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The Process of Aligning the Subliminal and the Logical

  • Meditation can help to quiet the mind and access the subconscious.
  • Accessing the subconscious can lead to lateral thinking and creativity.
  • Looking at emotions without judgment can help to understand if they are useful or destructive drivers.
  • Going above oneself and looking at the circumstances can help to make good decisions.
  • Radical truthfulness and transparency can help to triangulate with others and align the subliminal and the logical.
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The Importance of Hyper Realism and Objectivity

  • Hyper realism involves getting to an objective look at what is true.
  • Objectivity is important for understanding emotional states and making good decisions.
  • Radical truthfulness and transparency can help to achieve hyper realism and objectivity.
  • Understanding strengths and weaknesses can help to make good decisions and achieve goals.
  • Transparency and honesty are important for achieving success in a team or company.
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The Importance of Taking Responsibility for One's Life

  • It is important to take responsibility for one's decisions and life.
  • Understanding one's circumstances and reality is important for making good decisions.
  • Going above oneself and looking at the circumstances can help to make good decisions.
  • Radical truthfulness and transparency can help to achieve success in a team or company.
  • Transparency and honesty are important for achieving success in a team or company.
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Recognizing What Drives You

  • Realizing that you are being driven by something that you have not yet recognized.
  • Wanting to generate wealth in life but acting like you just wanted people to tell you that you were smart.
  • Feeling inferior to others who were smarter and could process data faster.
  • Realizing that there is a third option where you could value yourself entirely for learning.
  • Switching your identity over from being smart, being right, being good, being worthy to just "I learned."
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History Repeats Itself

  • Almost everything that happens has happened many times before.
  • The hero's journey and other paths happen over and over again.
  • Going above yourself and reconciling your subliminal desires with your intellect.
  • Connecting with others to understand how reality works.
  • Getting past your ego and blind spot barriers.
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Alignment and Orchestrating Different Perspectives

  • Getting your alignment of your lower level you with your upper level you.
  • Getting past your ego and blind spot barriers.
  • Realizing that people see things differently and focusing on different things.
  • Orchestrating all those ways of seeing and being the orchestrator.
  • Knowing what you're good at and what you're not good at.
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Success in Life

  • Valuing yourself entirely for learning.
  • Connecting with others to understand how reality works.
  • Getting past your ego and blind spot barriers.
  • Orchestrating all those ways of seeing and being the orchestrator.
  • Knowing what you're good at and what you're not good at.
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Understanding Historical Context and Principles

  • Ray Dalio's answer to success is to understand historical context and surround yourself with smart people.
  • Everything in life has repeating elements, and it's important to recognize them.
  • Thinking at the principal level makes life easier.
  • Think of everything as a type of species and have a principle for dealing with each one.
  • Realize that everything happens over and over again for the same reasons.
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Writing Down Principles

  • When making important decisions, pause and write down what type of decision it is and why you made it that way.
  • Writing down your principles is like creating a recipe for success.
  • Over time, you will have a set of principles that guide your decision-making.
  • These principles are your reasons for making decisions and what matters to you.
  • Reflect on your principles and modify them as necessary.
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Recognizing Patterns in Life

  • Recognize that everything in life has repeating elements.
  • Realize that there are different personality types and scripts that people live out.
  • Understand that everything happens for the same reasons.
  • Look at who has been through a similar situation before and learn from them.
  • Refine your principles based on each situation you encounter.
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Applying Principles to Different Situations

  • Use your principles to guide your decision-making in different situations.
  • Modify your principles as necessary based on the specific circumstances.
  • Recognize that different situations may require different principles.
  • Refine your principles over time to make them more effective.
  • Applying principles to different situations will lead to success and a better understanding of life.
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Key Principles for Building a Life of Wealth and Success

  • Reflection and truthfulness are important for building a life of wealth and success.
  • Struggling with others is a good thing.
  • Defining a species and codifying all the principles is important.
  • Writing down the criteria for making decisions is important.
  • Equanimity and perspective are important for making life easier.
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Radical Transparency

  • Radical transparency is about being super direct and clear.
  • It is also about being honest and not knowing if something is true.
  • The struggle is between oneself and others.
  • Agreeing upon a way to judge is important.
  • Knowing what you are not good at is important for finding a path forward.
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Non-Hierarchical Relationships

  • Non-hierarchical relationships are important for radical transparency.
  • Criteria for judging should be laid out.
  • Transparency is important for making the process fair.
  • Conversations can be done with anyone.
  • Working things out together is important in all relationships.
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Teasing Out Criteria

  • Criteria can be teased out through one-on-one or group discussions.
  • Transparency is important for making the process fair.
  • Taping discussions can help people see if the process is fair.
  • Working things out together is important in all relationships.
  • Defining criteria is important for finding out what is true.
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