這本書分三大部分：介紹、Life Principles、Work Principles
第一部分主要是Ray Dalio介紹自己的生命歷程，直白且具有參考價值，呼應他自己關於radical transparant的原則。
第二部分 Life Principles
1. Embrace Reality and Deal with it
1.1 Be a hyper-realist
1.2 Truth – accurate understanding of reality is the esential foundation for any good outcome.
1.3 Be radically open-minded and radically transparent.
1.4 Look to nature to learn how reality work
1.5 Evolving is life’s greatest accomplishment and its greatest reward
1.6 Understand nature’s practical lessons
1.7 Pain + Reflection = Progress
1.8 Weigh second- and third-order consequences.
1.9 Own your outcomes.
1.10 Look at the machine from the higher level.
2. Use the 5-step Process to Get What You Want Out of Life
2.1 Have clear goals.
2.2 Identify and don’t tolerate problems.
2.3 Diagnose problems to get at their root causes.
2.4 Design a plan.
2.5 Push through to completion.
2.6 Remember that weakness don’t matter if you find solutions.
2.7 Understand your own and other’s mental maps and humility.
- Be radically open-minded
3.1 Recognize your two barriers
3.2 Practice radical open-mindedness
3.3 Appreciate the art of thoughtful disagreement
3.4 Triangulate your view with believable people who are willing to disagree
3.5 Recognize the signs of closed-mindedness and open-mindedness that you should watch out for
3.6 Understand how you can become radically open-minded
- Understand that people are wired very differently
4.1 Understand the power that comes from knowing how you and others are wired
4.2 Meaningful work and meaningful relationships aren’t just nice things we chose for ourselves – they are genetically programmed into us
4.3 Understand the great brain battles and how to control them to get what “you" want
4.4 Find out what you and others are like.
4.5 Getting the right people in the right roles in support of your goal is the key to succeeding at whatever you choose to accomplish
- Learn how to make decisions effectively
5.1 Recognize that 1) the biggest threat to good decsion making is harmful emotions, and 2) decision making is a two-step process
5.2 Synthesize the situation the situation at hand
5.3 Synthesize the situation through time.
5.4 Navigate levels effectively
5.5 Logic, reason, and common sense are your best tools for synthesizing reality and understanding what to do about it
5.6 Make your decisions as expected value calculations
5.7 Prioritize by weighing the value of additional information against the cost of not deciding.
5.9 Use principles
5.10 Believability weight your decision making
5.11 Convert your principles into algorithms and have the computer make decisions alongside you