Since antiquity, i.e. for at least 2,500 years and probably much longer, people have been asking themselves what it means to live a good life.
How should I live? What constitutes a good life? What's the role of fate? What's the role of money? Is leading a good life a question of mindset, or is it more about reaching your goals? Is it better to actively seek happiness or to avoid unhappiness? Each generation poses these questions anew, and somehow the answers are always fundamentally disappointing. Why? Because we're constantly searching for a single principle, a single tenet, a single rule. Yet this holy grail - a single, simple path - doesn't exist.
Over the past few decades, a silent revolution has taken place within various fields of thought. Within science, politics, medicine and many other areas, scholars have come to realise that the world is far too complicated to summarise in one big idea or handful of principles. We need a toolkit of mental models in order to understand the world. It's high time somebody compiled a similar toolkit designed for practical living. Voilà. Here you'll find fifty-two such intellectual tools - they may not guarantee you a good life, but they'll give you a better chance.
About Rolf Dobelli
Rolf Dobelli was born in 1966 in Lucerne. He studied economics and promoted philosophy at the University of St. Gallen. He then worked as an entrepreneur. At the age of 35 he wrote his first book. Rolf Dobelli lives in Berne.
Rolf Dobelli writes clearly, intelligently and convincingly. Gerhard Schroder
Rolf Dobelli has a gift for identifying the best ideas in the world and then putting them together in ways that make the whole even more valuable than the sum of the parts. He's done it for the art of thinking. Now he does it for the art of living. Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind
Rolf Dobelli is brilliant at converting evidence from scientific research into practical steps that improve personal outcomes. Robert Cialdini, author of Influence