Key Points from Book: The Four Agreements

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see…- John Lennon

Since childhood we are being trained by the world (parents, teachers, community) to belief what they belief without having the opportunity to choose our beliefs.

The domestication of human is a process where we judge and being judged, punished for what the society thinks wrong, and rewarded for what the society thinks right. First the people around us did it, then we do it ourself.

Once we did wrong, we punished ourself again and again without really thinking if we did something wrong according to the true beliefs.

We are trying to please other when we should please ourself for doing what’s right

Be impeccable (without sin) with your word

Word is a powerful tools for persuading or even suggestion. Be careful and sincere in saying something, think about the consequences

Only the truth will set us free, so lean yourself to the truth not to other’s opinion

Gossips only hurt those who do it, and the victim that didn’t know the truth. It distort our opinion of something or someone without even having or meeting them before.

Don’t take anything personally

When somebody told us negative things about us, it’s not because we are, but it’s because he is

Even if somebody praise you, don’t take it personally

Do not expect people to tell you the truth because they also lie to themselves

Don’t make assumptions

Clarify the situation and ask for clarity

Assumptions leads to pain because what you think will happen didn’t when you expect the other people should have know

We have to be what we are, so we don’t have to present false image.

Take me, or find someone else. Don’t change me

Always do your best

Your best is relative to your condition

Don’t do anything for the reward, do it because the excitement and for yourself

Live as you are going to die today

About Kevin

Kevin is an Emerging Markets Research Analyst at a global macro investment firm based in Montreal, Canada. Originally trained to be a medical doctor, he found his passion in capital markets after being involved in managing portion of his family’s equity portfolio. Kevin holds Masters degree in both finance and management, has passed all levels of CFA exam, and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Professional Financial Modeller (PFM). He read voraciously and has a hobby of tinkering (read: programming) his systematic equity and volatility trading model for the “Quantimental” investment firm he founded. In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel the world and become a freelance photographer for Getty Images. To date, he has a portfolio of over 1200 pictures across 35 countries.
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