New year, New life philosophy learning from the book “The Courage to Be Disliked”
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New year, New life philosophy learning from the book “The Courage to Be Disliked”

New year, New life philosophy learning from the book “The Courage to Be Disliked”

Happy New Year! The new year & new decade will be filled with a full of happiness, prosperity and success for you and your loved ones.

In 2020, I am planning to read more books covering life, female leadership, deep technology and economy, and happy to share an inspiring book with you today.

I recently ran into this book “The Courage to Be Disliked” by Japanese authors Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. 

I almost immediately picked it up and finished reading it within a few days. I could not stop reading when I reached the second half of the book because the life theories it shares was truly intriguing to me. 

It explains why most people ‘want’ things but never ‘do’ it. Also, it navigates an idea around the biggest ‘life lies’.

A young boy visited a well-known philosopher’s house to challenge his perspectives in a way to prove him wrong. The book is designed to show these two people’s conversation.

The first half of the book is about ‘self-discovery’.

The philosopher used several examples to create a narrative in his explanation to the young boy’s challenging questions. The key is, many people say what they ‘wish’ but never try to bring it to their lives because of the ‘shocking’ reasons. What these people really wanted in their lives is in a totally different direction from their ‘wishes’. It was, mind-blowing for me.

The second half of the book navigates an idea about ‘life-lies’ and how to resolve it.

The philosopher explained about the ‘community feeling’ while keeping the individual’s focus in their own needs when making a life decision. Making a decision works for yourself in priority and focus on ‘now’, yet being responsible for caring people around you. The life-lies looking at the past or the future only lead you to make a wrong decision.

A lot of people misunderstand the idea of living in ‘freedom’. If you make yourself free from unnecessary thoughts and focus on your self-inner-thoughts, our life will become way simpler & happier, and therefore save energy for a lot more meaningful things to do in our lives.

I feel that I am very fortunate to have many friends that are somewhat extraordinary (or different…) at a wide range of age levels. They are happy, successful (or in the process of becoming successful). The one common noticeable trait these successful people have is the ‘attitude’ towards their own personal & professional life.

I strongly recommend this book if you are interested in living a simple and happy life that will drive you to success.

Wishing you the greatest happiness in your 2020.


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