Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on personal growth

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To design a lifestyle based on your own preferences, you must learn how to defeat the sunk cost fallacy. No matter how much you've invested in your current path, you must be be willing to write it all off. Otherwise you'll likely get stuck enduring an existence you dislike.

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How do you avoid burnout? It’s quite straightforward: You sacrifice everything that leads to chronic burnout. You’ll likely make less money, get fewer opportunities, learn fewer things, dent your social status, retire later, etc. But at least you won’t hate your life.

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Stop forcing yourself to build good habits. Start wanting to do something. The good habits will follow automatically. And it's much more fun this way. No fighting with yourself.

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As you start thinking about new year resolutions, make sure you’re designing your own lifestyle and not following one constructed by others. Whatever you think you want, you might not really want. Don’t unnecessarily complicate your life just because it’s what your neighbors do.

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Try not to become a prisoner of your plans. The idea that we can know exactly where we’re going is delusional. Every step reveals new information, and refraining from changing course for the sake of “the plan” would be a voluntary reduction of optionality.

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