“People are trying to be smart — all I’m trying to do is not be idiotic, but it’s harder than most people think.” ~ Charlie Munger
Don’t try to be a genius. Just try not to be a fool.
We’re really good at fooling ourselves. It tends to happen when the truth doesn’t square with what we think we want.
What we want, and what we think we want, are sometimes two different things.
Sometimes what we truly want (the thing we would want if we knew it’s what we need the most) is hidden behind an obstacle we fear. It’s hidden behind sacrifice. It’s hidden behind discomfort.
Not always. But when it is, that’s when we’re most likely to lie to ourselves. Lying to ourselves includes imagining false outcomes. Outcomes that we think will make us happy, but likely won’t.