The 7 Kinds of True Freedom

It has nothing to do with money, power, or status

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1. Freedom From Dogma

There’s a great line from Macklemore: “Whatever god you believe in, we come from the same one.”

2. Freedom From Status

Status is the false belief that material success and social influence guard the gates to happiness.

  1. Stop caring what other people think.

3. Freedom From Anger

Status comes with many outgrowths, one of which is anger. The social power aspect of status is a zero-sum game. In order for you to look better, someone else must look worse.

4. Freedom From Reaction

Anger is a good example of being unfree because it’s one of our strongest impulses. An impulse is a real, physical sensation, and while emotions can trigger them, it takes conscious thought to reinforce them.

5. Freedom From Heteronomy

Once you’re not pulled around by dogma, status, and emotions, you can focus on getting the few tangible kinds of freedom that really matter. One of them is freedom from heteronomy.

6. Freedom From Unconcern

As much as autonomy is a worthy long-term pursuit, we often overrate it in the short run. We think that if we had $10 million and could spend our entire day running naked through our garden, all our problems would magically disappear.

7. Freedom From Desire

“Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want,” Naval says. It’s a complaint about the present you carry with you into the future.

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