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Principles: Life and Work

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Jeremy Bobb, Ray Dalio

16 Hours 30 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

September 2017

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

“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 business press.

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  • John S.

    The book was great and the audiobook as well. I would prefer though to have Ray Dalio to actually be at the whole audiobook (rather than the 60% of the book) as from his tone you can also understand what he is emphasising to. Other than that great book and I would recommend to everyone

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  • Megan P

    Extremely insightful :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Radically open minded, radically transparent, meritocracy, logics and machine, checks and balances. A grand tour for principles for life and work.

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  • Mollen Maswanganyi

    Great book, leant a lot of insights in this book

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  • Rami S.

    I learned so much from it. I will listen to it many times over.

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  • Anonymous

    In a word... inspirational!

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  • Silver K.

    Thank you for such a wonderful contribution.

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  • Peter Businge

    Great great book. I already have applied the values, abilities and skills principle in recruiting at my workplace and can’t wait to see the magic happen

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  • John P.

    Great book!

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  • Michael B.

    The book could been half as long as it is.It just keeps repeating the same information.i I was looking for market insights education .I took away a couple life insights but totally disappointed in what it has offered.

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