4 of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Share Their Secrets to Living the Good Life

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

It takes a lot of effort, dedication, and open-mindedness to lead a good life of excellent health, wealth, love and happiness. As a personal trainer, and a human being, part of my life revolves around understanding how the human mind works and how to help myself, and the people around me, make decisions that put their lives on the right track.

We only live once thus we have to make the best out of our journey. One of the greatest ways to learn how to live is by learning from those who have lead the good life themselves.

Here are four of the greatest thinkers secrets to live a good life:

1. Jordan Peterson: Treat yourself like someone you’re responsible for helping

Ever heard of the term, ‘Treat yourself like you treat your best friend?” As corny as it sounds, this tip holds water.

You need to be kind to yourself, and you must be compassionate. In fact, studies suggest that self-compassion is more critical to your well being than self-esteem.

If this is true, why is it hard for many people to make friends with themselves? The answer, according toJordan Peterson, lies in the fact that you`ve been around your imperfect self for so long that all you can see is a flawed human being.

A person, still according to Peterson, will deride his whole existence just because, in his eyes, he’s the ugly, ashamed, frightened, worthless, inadequate, insignificant, resentful, defensive descendant of Adam. Peterson suggests you will gain inner peace when you see yourself through the eyes of a loving coach trying to lead their imperfect mentee to the best possible results.

2. Leonardo da Vinci: Understand how your mind works

Michael J. Gelb, the author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every day, believes Dimostrazione – the Italian translation of demonstration – is one of Da Vinci`s seven principles to his unmatched intelligence. The Italian sculpture, inventor, musician, geologist, and mathematician had a special knack for examining how things work, including his mind, and he made sure to document his musings on paper so he could understand himself better. Before he died, Da Vinci left one of his trustees a 10,000-paper journal full of notes, questions, designs and even jokes and fables.

To reap the benefits of dimonstrazione, you need to regularly detach yourself from the digital world for a few minutes of ruminating and journaling. Question your thoughts, beliefs, and why you/people do things in specific ways. Doing this will spark your creativity and help you solve deeply-rooted problems much easier.

3. Richard Dawkins: Avoid the trial/error trap

Some may think making lots of mistakes is the best way to learn how to do something. According to Richard Dawkins, making so many mistakes is a waste of time and can sometimes be fatal. In his opinion, most of what you learn should come from “simulation.” He believes one should study the best and worst types of people, emulate their good and avoid their bad.

Most of the time, all you need is to follow someone else`s wheel instead of trying to invent your own – at least until you`re strong enough to lead your way. Additional tip: Get coaching or a mentor who`s 20 years older than you. A good one will save you lots of time, effort and money.

4. Carl Sagan: The universe is not required to be in harmony with ambition

Be flexible and formless, then adapt to the universe instead of trying to bend it to your will – which may not happen. To Carl Sagan, a man should understand that life won’t always give him what he wants, but he must use what life gives him for his better good. If life throws you a tomato, make a soup of it. Many successful people spent decent parts of their lives drifting between careers only to realize later that they wouldn’t have made it without those career wanderings.

You must also understand that the purpose of a goal isn’t to hit the target but to evolve into the type of person who can achieve his goals. You won’t always win if you swing for the fences with every shot, but your track record will be far better than someone who plays it safe not because of your extraordinary genes but because the type of goal you chose for yourself forced you to step out of your shell and grow.

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan

Take great care of your mind. Read good books, understand your cognitive biases and take courses in lateral thinking and problem solving. Your mind is your most important asset and it’s a great shame if you fail to use it well.

By Ben Rose

Ben Rose is the founder and senior editor at http://www.primandprep.com/, a website of experts that provide guidance about all facets of male grooming including wet shaving and beard maintenance.

4 thoughts on “4 of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Share Their Secrets to Living the Good Life

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  2. If you look into life you will be able to know what death is.
    If you understand what death is, only then are you able to understand what life is.
    They are organic.
    Ordinarily, out of fear, we have created a division.
    We think that life is good and death is bad.
    We think that life has to be desired and death is to be avoided.
    We think somehow we have to protect ourselves against death.
    This absurd idea creates endless miseries in our lives,
    because a person who protects himself against death becomes incapable of living.
    He is the person who is afraid of exhaling, then he cannot inhale and he is stuck
    Then he simply drags; his life is no longer a flow, his life is no longer a river.
    If you really want to live you have to be ready to die.
    Who is afraid of death in you? Is life afraid of death? It is not possible.
    How can life 4e afraid of its own integral process?
    Something else is afraid in you. The ego is afraid in you.
    Life and death are not opposites; ego and death are opposites.
    Life and death are not opposites; ego and life are opposites.
    Ego is against both life and death.
    The ego is afraid to live and the ego is afraid to die.
    It is afraid to live because each effort, each step towards life, brings death closer.
    If you live you are coming closer to dying.
    The ego is afraid to die, hence it is afraid to live also.
    The ego simply drags.
    There are many people who are neither alive nor dead.
    This is worse than anything. A man who is fully alive is full of death also.
    hat is the meaning of Jesus on the cross. Jesus carrying his own cross has not really been understood. And he says to his disciples, ‘You will have to carry your own cross.’ The meaning of Jesus carrying his own cross is very simple, nothing but this: everybody has to carry his death continuously, everybody has to die each moment, everybody has to be on the cross because that is the only way to live fully, totally.
    Whenever you come to a total moment of aliveness,
    suddenly you will see death there also. In love it happens.
    In love, life comes to a climax — hence people are afriad of love.
    I have been continuously surprised by people who come to me and say they are afraid of love. What is the fear of love?
    It is because when you really love somebody your ego starts slipping and melting. You cannot love with the ego;
    the ego becomes a barrier. and when you want to drop the barrier the ego says,
    ‘This is going to be a death. Beware!’
    The death of the ego is not your death.
    the death of the ego is really your possibility of life.
    The ego is just a dead crust around you,
    it has to be broken and thrown away.
    It comes into being naturally —
    just as when a traveller passes, dust collects on his clothes,
    on his body, and he has to take a bath to get rid of the dust.
    As we move in time, dust of experiences, of knowledge,
    of lived life, of past, collects. That dust becomes our ego.
    Accumulated, it becomes a crust around you which has to be broken and thrown away. One has to take a bath continuously — every day,
    in fact every moment, so that this crust never becomes a prison.
    The ego is afraid to love because in love, life comes to a peak.
    But whenever there is a peak of life there is also a peak of death —
    they go together.
    In love you die and you are reborn.
    The same happens when you come to meditate or to pray, or when you come to a Master to surrender.
    The ego creates all sorts of difficulties, rationalisations not to surrender:
    ‘Think about it, brood about it, be clever about it.’
    When you come to a Master,
    again the ego becomes suspicious, doubtful, creates anxiety,
    because again yhou are coming to life, to a flame where death will also be as much alive as life.
    Let it be remembered that death and life both become aflame together,
    they are never separate. If you are very, very minimally alive, at the minimum, then you can see death and life as being separate.
    The closer you come to the peak, the closer they start coming.
    At the very apex they meet and become one.
    In love, in meditation, in trust, in prayer, wherever life becomes total,
    death is there. Without death, life cannot become total.
    But the ego always thinks in divisions, in dualities; it divides everything.
    Existence is indivisible; it cannot be divided.
    You were a child, then you became young.
    Can you demark the line when you became young?
    Can you demark the point in time where suddenly
    you were no longer a child and you had become young?
    One day you become old, Osho the art of dying #1

  3. wealth happiness love and health eh?Ooopss…. mind reading not allowed I do not consent about it out out out for ever from my mind activities and start study less minds (expecially other people ones) and more ethics please .You can extend the invitation to the rest of the crew.

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