Quotes by Rolf Dobelli

"Whether we like it or not, we are puppets of our emotions. We make complex decisions by consulting our feelings, not our thoughts. Against our best intentions, we substitute the question, “What do I think about this?” with “How do I feel about this?” So, smile! Your future depends on it."

"How do you curb envy? First, stop comparing yourself to others. Second, find your “circle of competence” and fill it on your own. Create a niche where you are the best. It doesn’t matter how small your area of mastery is. The main thing is that you are king of the castle."

"We must learn to close doors. A business strategy is primarily a statement on what not to engage in. Adopt a life strategy similar to a corporate strategy: Write down what not to pursue in your life. In other words, make calculated decisions to disregard certain possibilities and when an option shows up, test it against your not-to-pursue list. It will not only keep you from trouble but also save you lots of thinking time. Think hard once and then just consult your list instead of having to make up your mind whenever a new door cracks open. Most doors are not worth entering, even when the handle seems to turn so effortlessly."

"If your only tool is a hammer, all your problems will be nails,"

"As paradoxical as it sounds: The best way to shield yourself from nasty surprises is to anticipate them."

Books by Rolf Dobelli

  • Fünfunddreißig
  • 56 ratings
  • November 30th 2004 by Diogenes

    (first published 2003)

  • Himmelreich
  • 32 ratings
  • June 2008 by Diogenes

    (first published September 2006)

Rolf Dobelli
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