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My takeaway

Friendship is a two-way arrangement. You are not morally obliged to support someone who is making the world a worse place. You should choose people who want things to be better, not worse.

My notes

These are my informal notes from 12 Rules for Life. It contains a mix of key highlights as well as my own thoughts and lessons.

  • It’s appropriate and praiseworthy to associate with people whose lives would be improved if they saw your life improve.
  • Michelangelo’s great perfect marble David cries out to its observers: “You could be more than you are.”
  • In case your internal voice makes you doubt the value of your endeavors, maybe it’s time to stop listen?
  • Ask yourself for voluntary contribution, what would you be willing to do?
  • Pay attention to what bothers you.

    • Could you fix it?
    • Would you be willing to fix it?
  • Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
  • You have to say something, go somewhere, and do things, to get turned on. Otherwise you remain incomplete.
  • Don’t say yes when it’s clearly time to say no.
  • When you say untrue things you weaken your character.
  • Don’t be a judge of the human race — cut yourself some slack.
  • “What have I done wrong, and what can I do now to set things at least a little bit right?”
  • Tomorrow, to to do as much good possible in the shortest period of time.