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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...

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Tony Robbins Life CoachI 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. (Source)

Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftRay Dalio has provided me with invaluable guidance and insights that are now available to you in Principles. (Source)

Mark Cuban Entrepreneur / Shark TankThe book I wish I had as a young entrepreneur. (Source)

Reed Hastings CEO/NetflixPrinciples had a profound positive impact on my leadership style—through living more honestly. (Source)

Arianna Huffington Founder/The Huffington PostI absolutely loved this book. It’s beautifully written and filled with such wisdom. (Source)

Drew Houston CEO/DropboxSketched really concise and good thoughts for [how to approach life]. (Source)

Diddy Singer[Ray Dalio]'s a great guy and has a great book out you all need to get called Principles. It’s a major key!! (Source)

Dustin Moskovitz Co-founder/Facebook and Asana[Dustin Moskovitz recommended this book on Twitter.] (Source)

Jack Dorsey Co-Founder/TwitterSo 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. (Source)

Timothy Ferriss Author & EntrepreneurI highly, highly recommend this book. It has already changed how I think about making decisions in my life and in my business. (Source)

Gary Vaynerchuk Chairman/VaynerXThe book's buzz and the reaction of the people has been overwhelming. (Source)

Kevin Systrom I was blown away. It’s both a guide to life, a guide to business, and also I think an insight into [the author] and someone who’s built an amazing business. (Source)

Doug McMillon CEO/WalmartGreg Penner, our chairman, asked me to read it. (Source)

Marvin Liao Partner/500 StartupsI 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. (Source)

Jason A. Williams Reading Ray Dalio’s book “Principles” while being so interested in Bitcoin was a great experience. I definitely recommend it CT🔥🚀🔥 @APompliano @MarkYusko @maxkeiser (Source)

Tom Bilyeu I'm obsessed with @RayDalio. His book Principles changed my approach to business. In fact, it's the most powerful business book I've ever read. Now he's turned it into a super punchy and impactful animated series. You MUST watch this. (Source)

Preston Pysh @JonUrbonas @RayDalio Such an amazing book! (Source)

Robert Kabushenga .@cobbo3 @dfkm1970 @TioKauma @Kasabiiti @BBatwooki @qataharraymond @Jdmugerwa @AgaSekalala if there is one gift you must buy yourself in 2018, it is this book👇🏿. And read it please. A box of white chocolate is the ideal way to thank me. I will be waiting 😎 (Source)

Rob Dyrdek It is the best gift I have ever received and will cherish it for life. Ray is a genius beyond description and this book will go down in history as one of the most significant guides to great success and achievement to ever be written. (Source)

Anthony Dixon Ending my night with a great read from the book Principles by Ray Dalio ‼️ It just hit home for me I hope y’all enjoy‼️🧠💪🏿💯 (Source)

Amber Atherton We talked a lot @ycombinator about whether you could apply Ray Dalio's Principles to start up culture. We concluded that you can't BUT you can just be radically candid @kimballscott this book is such a great read. The concept of bringing your whole self to work? 🔑 #majorkey (Source)

Howard Marks I think the guiding quote of the book is [one] from Mark Twain, 'History does not repeat, but it does rhyme.' (Source)

Bryan Johnson [The author] open sourced Bridgewater’s methods in [this book] and the results were good evidence that collectives can operate at higher levels when they are open and honest about and can see past their cognitive flaws. (Source)

Chris Goward 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. (Source)

Chandini Jain [ on her favorite business book.] (Source)

Ayush Kumar 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. (Source)

Dominic Steil 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. (Source)

Hong Qi Yu 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. (Source)

Cory Zue 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. (Source)

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

Henry Medine 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. (Source)

Derek Sivers Wow. So dense with wisdom that I wanted to highlight almost every paragraph. (Source)

Michael Bloomberg 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. (Source)

Sarah Cone @zck I love it. I feel like it is almost singular in the genre of a self-help book written by an actually successful person. The problem is that you likely cannot succeed in the same way that your fathers did as they have already captured all the success that uses that method. (Source)

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