As I wrote in How to Learn About Life, reading biographies is a good way to learn about life. I’m not going to repeat the article here, but a few benefits of reading biographies are: It teaches you about pitfalls to avoid. It teaches you about how to respond to failure. It opens your mind to what is possible. It teaches you about the great principles to live by. In short, it allows you to study the lives of exceptional people so that you can apply what you learn to your own life.
In an article back in 2010, I wrote about regret-minimization framework. It’s a term used by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos to describe the way he makes decisions. The idea is that you should make decisions that will minimize your potential regret in the future. He used this framework when he considered launching Amazon back in 1994. He already had a good job back then, but he decided that not launching Amazon could be something that he would regret years later. So he took the risk and launched the company. As it turns out, Amazon became a big success. But even if it didn’t, at least he wouldn’t have any regret. This, in my opinion, is a good framework for making difficult decisions.