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Principles: Life and Work (2017)

by Ray Dalio

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Business. Management. Nonfiction. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 5 MILLION COPIES SOLD
"Significant...The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving." ‚??The New York Times
Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business‚??and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.
In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Forty years later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. Dalio himself has been named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Along the way, Dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to Bridgewater's exceptionally effective culture, which he describes as "an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency." It is these principles, and not anything special about Dalio‚??who grew up an ordinary kid in a middle-class Long Island neighborhood‚??that he believes are the reason behind his success.

In Principles, Dalio shares what he's learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book's hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of "radical truth" and "radical transparency," include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating "baseball cards" for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they're seeking to achieve.

Here, from a man who has been called both "the Steve Jobs of investing" and "the philosopher king of the financial universe" (CIO magazine), is a rare opportunity to gain proven advice unlike anything you'll find in the conventional bus
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Apart from some nonsense appeals to nature to justify some shakey philosophy, and being awfully repetitive, this is a good book with an important message. Take your ego out of decision making. ( )
  amackera | Dec 28, 2023 |
This is much more than a book about Principles and a large amount about how to operate a business and make decisions. Lots of great wisdom and examples with Bridgewater are included. ( )
  gianouts | Jul 5, 2023 |
This book by Ray Dalio is good. I won't go so far as to say it is excellent because it is long, and you will find some repetition in the book.

Ray Dalio divided the book into three sections - his autobiography (of sorts), principles for life, and principles for business.

I found the first section most interesting. This is where he described his journey, his mistakes, and his successes.

The second section - principles for life - is superb as well. When he reached the third section, I believe he faltered. The principles are excellent. There is no doubt about this. But, I felt that most people don't apply all of them. I assume he applied all the principles but did not explain where he failed. This section was a bit tedious, and I quickly went through the last chapters.

If the book was shorter by about 50 pages, it would be more effective. ( )
  RajivC | Oct 27, 2022 |
This is hands down one of the best reads this year!

The book is divided into three parts: the life story of the author, Life Principles, and Work Principles. Even though I find the first part exciting and inspiring, the actual value for me lies in the last two parts. Ray Dalio has distilled the principles from all the lessons learned through his quite extraordinary life and career and shared it to the world.

I could especially relate to work principles. While reading them, I've found some of the matching principles which I had to discover the hard way - by trial and error and came to similar conclusions, giving even more credibility to other principles from my point of view and a feeling of urgency to try and implement them.

It is very rare to find such a concentration of knowledge in one book. Having this in mind this book might be one of the most impactful reads, especially if you have the power and will to change things in the organization for the better.

The main concepts: idea meritocracy, believability, radical truth, and transparency and many others already found a way into my daily life and our organization. I believe that in the long run, it can make an enormous impact on both. ( )
  Giedriusz | Oct 16, 2022 |
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Business. Management. Nonfiction. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 5 MILLION COPIES SOLD
"Significant...The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving." ‚??The New York Times
Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business‚??and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.
In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Forty years later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. Dalio himself has been named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Along the way, Dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to Bridgewater's exceptionally effective culture, which he describes as "an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency." It is these principles, and not anything special about Dalio‚??who grew up an ordinary kid in a middle-class Long Island neighborhood‚??that he believes are the reason behind his success.

In Principles, Dalio shares what he's learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book's hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of "radical truth" and "radical transparency," include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating "baseball cards" for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they're seeking to achieve.

Here, from a man who has been called both "the Steve Jobs of investing" and "the philosopher king of the financial universe" (CIO magazine), is a rare opportunity to gain proven advice unlike anything you'll find in the conventional bus

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