A short, surprising and indispensable toolkit for practical living, from the author of the Sunday Times and International Bestseller The Art of Thinking Clearly, which has been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 2,5 million copies worldwide.
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.
Rolf Dobelli writes clearly, intelligently and convincingly — Gerhard Schroder
'Rolf Dobelli gives us as valuable advice about how to live as he did about how to think.' — James R. Flynn, Professor Emeritus, University of Otago, and discoverer of the Flynn Effect
"Rolf Dobelli has done it again! Not only does he open our eyes, now he wakes us up. Because of his rigorous scientific analysis combined with his shattering philosophical approach he is never satisfied with the superficial. So, grab Rolf's book and don't let it go!" — Tenley E. Albright, Director, MIT Collaborative Initiatives and Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School.
'Rolf Dobelli's works are informative, insightful, and accessible. In an age of celebrity ignoramuses, he is a true public intellectual.' — Lou Marinoff, Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York
'Rolf Dobelli possesses one of Europe's finest minds' — Matt Ridley, author of the Evolution of Everything
'Rolf Dobelli is a virtuosic synthesizer of ideas. With wit, grace, and precision he melds science and art in his joyful pursuit of wisdom.' — Joshua Greene, professor of psychology, Harvard University, and author of Moral Tribes
"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 New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind
'Rolf Dobelli is brilliant at converting evidence from scientific research into practical steps that improve personal outcomes.' — Robert Cialdini, author of the international bestseller INFLUENCE