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This book has 18 recommendations

Bill Gates (CEO/Microsoft)

Ray Dalio has provided me with invaluable guidance and insights that are now available to you in Principles.

Arianna Huffington (Co-Founder/The Washington Post)

I absolutely loved this book. It’s beautifully written and filled with such wisdom.

Michael Bloomberg (Founder/Bloomberg LP)

Ray Dalio’s market acumen is legendary, but it was creating and living by a set of principles that allowed him to reach the top. Everyone with goals and dreams can learn from Ray’s approach.

Reed Hastings (Founder/Netflix)

Principles had a profound positive impact on my leadership style—through living more honestly.

Tim Ferriss (Author & Entrepreneur)

I highly, highly recommend this book. It has already changed how I think about making decisions in my life and in my business.

Tony Robbins (Life Coach)

I found it to be truly extraordinary. Every page is full of so many principles of distinction and insights—and I love how Ray incorporates his history and his life in such an elegant way.

Derek Sivers (Founder/CD Baby)

Wow. So dense with wisdom that I wanted to highlight almost every paragraph.

Jack Dorsey (CEO/Twitter)

So many to pick from in this amazing book. I’m focused on radical truth and radical transparency. Toughest and most uncomfortable to do, both personally and through work, but also the most freeing and impactful. I’ve committed to weekly progress.

Henry Medine (Co-Founder/Space Jam Data)

I promote range and diversity. Thus, I recommend readers to expose themselves to as many different topics as possible. I usually have 2-4 books I refer back to at any given time. They range in topics from management, art, spirituality and philosophy. Trying to get the engineering thing going but don't much of a mind for science.

Marvin Liao (Partner/500 Startups)

I tend to jump from book to book and may switch if I am interested in some new topic. This is a pleasure for me (which I also do benefit work wise from too). It’s quite a random list because I have eclectic interests (or just scatterbrained most likely) on tech business, AI, general global economy, geopolitics, rising Biotech economy & history. I'm basically 15% to 50% into all these books.

Antonio Eram (Founder & CEO/NETOPIA mobilPay)

This book was recommended by Antonio when asked for titles he would recommend to young people interested in his career path.

Cory Zue (Software Developer & Entrepreneur)

I’ve been on a bit of a “finding meaning in life” kick lately and Ray’s self/inward focus of coming up with your own principles you want to live by is an interesting mental exercise to go through. I also find that I agree with most of what he says.

Hong Qi Yu (Founder/TOKENIZE Exchange)

This book talks about the basics of thought development when tackling certain problems/issues, which has helped me immensely through my journey in founding Tokenize Xchange.

Dominic Steil (CTO/Dapps Inc)

Business most recently has been Principles by Ray Dalio. He talks about systems and causation very clearly. His philosophies of idea meritocracy within an organization are at the core of Bridgewaters decision making in capital markets.

Dan Lok (Serial Entrepreneur)

One of the must read books.

Ayush Kumar (Founder/

Principles is a masterpiece, it's the most practical book written on life and work. It tells the true meaning of success, why it's nice to fail and that no one is special or extraordinary. You ultimately got to read this to find out the magic and if you have already read which I guess yes you have then you absolutely understand what my heart is saying.

Chandini Jain (CEO/Auquan)

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Chris Goward (Founder/WiderFunnel & GO Group Digital)

Here are some of the books that have been very impactful for me, or taught me a new way of thinking: [...] Principles by Ray Dalio.

Amazon description

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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