Ray Dalio’s book Principles is divided into three parts. At the end of the first section, Life, Dalio wrote:
If you’ve learned anything from this book I hope it’s that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and everyone has an important role to play in life.
Nature made everything and everyone for a purpose. The courage that’s needed the most isn’t the kind that drives you to prevail over others, but the kind that allows you to be true to your truest self, no matter what other people want you to be.
~ Ray Dalio
has their own
strengths and weaknesses;
their own role
everyone and everything
with a purpose;
And the courage
you’re called to express
is not to prevail while
others are oppressed.
be true to you
your truest self.
In tuned to the rhyme
of the greater you —
of what others
This reminds me of the Emerson quote:
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wherever you are, whoever you are reading this: Be true to you.
Once you get to know ‘know thyself’, it’s as the Delphi said, “You’ll understand the secrets of gods and men.”
You’ll know the secret places of the Universe,
as you are the Universe experiencing itself.