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Principles: Life and Work (Unabridged)

by Ray Dalio

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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 40 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 has 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.

Customer Reviews

Great Book

An amazing story and guide for decision making in work and life. Unfortunately, the audio version I downloaded however was broken into 177 tracks...

Great Ideas!

Deeply inspired by the author. One problem though- can’t seems to find the accompanying PDF on this audiobook. Would be good

🔥 Straight Fire 🔥

Principles is awesome.

The book is split into three parts:
Part 1 - Ray’s life story.
Part 2 - Ray’s principles. He provides the roadmap and tools to help you achieve your goals.
Part 3 - How to build your own principles and implement them into your life to accomplish your goals.

The book is highly organized and carefully thought out. The book / audiobook is quite long (~16 hours), but totally worth your time.

Also very happy with that quality of the audiobook. Recording is high quality, it’s read by the author, and it even has awesome music in between sections!!

The $26 price tag is a small price to pay for the massive amount of knowledge and wisdom in the book.

Highly recommended

Thank you Ray Dalio!


Ray Dalio, Principles: Life and Work (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Published: 2017
  • Category: Business
  • Provider: Simon & Schuster Audio
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