What is The Code of the Extraordinary Mind About?
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind teaches its readers to think for themselves, question, challenge, and break free of the norms and limiting rules that shackle them to ordinary life. This book challenges its readers to re-code themselves - replacing their old, limiting models that hold them back. (The Code of the Extraordinary Mind Summary).
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind Quotes
1. [Favorite Quote]: “Live life as though everything is rigged in your favor."
2. "Have big goals—but don’t tie your happiness to your goals. You must be happy before you attain them."
3. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life."
4. "If you can accept any model of reality, why not choose one that suggests that you can literally bend reality with your mind?"
5. "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."
6. "If there’s something I don’t like about anything, I do not bitch about it, I change it."
7. “We shouldn’t do things so we can be happy. We should be happy so we can do things.”
8. “Behind every problem, there’s a question trying to ask itself. Behind every question, there’s an answer trying to reveal itself. Behind every answer, there’s an action trying to take place. And behind every action, there’s a way of life trying to be born.”
9. “Your beliefs can influence both you and the people around you. What you expect, you get.”
10. "Stress, anxiety, boredom, confidence, excitement, engagement are all contagious."
11. “Too many people trap themselves in the chains of realistic goals because they refuse to see beyond the HOW. Don’t worry about the HOW. Start with the WHAT and the WHY."
12. "If we care what other people think about us, good or bad, we limit our abilities."
13. "Your thoughts and beliefs do create your reality, but only when your present state is joyful.”
14. “The people making you feel guilty for going your own way and choosing your own life are simply saying, ‘Look at me. I’m better than you because my chains are bigger.”
15. “All of us have a child within who never received all the love and appreciation we deserved. We can’t go back and fix the past. But we can take responsibility to heal ourselves now by giving ourselves the love and appreciation we once craved."
16. “We grow through discomfort or insight. But never through apathy.”
17. "Brules are bullshit rules that we adopt to simplify our understanding of the world."
18. "Tying happiness to the attainment of some future goal is like trying to catch up to the horizon. It’s always going to be one step beyond your reach.”
19. “Replacing fear with courage is one of the key components of being unfuckwithable”"
20. “The most extraordinary people in the world do not have careers. What they have is a calling.”
21. "Extraordinary minds are good at seeing the culturescape and are able to selectively choose the rules and conditions to follow versus those to question or ignore. Therefore, they tend to take the path less traveled"
22. “The culturescape is so strong, so self-reinforcing that it convinces us that life must unfold in a particular way. This is fine if you’d like to live a regular, safe life. "
23. “Much of growing wiser and moving toward the extraordinary is really about becoming aware of the models of reality that you carry with you without realizing it.”
24. "Whether you like it or not, you create your life. Your dominant thoughts shape your life."
25. “You can’t control someone else’s behavior toward you, but you can control your own reaction and how your meaning-making machine construes that behavior."
26. "Extra-ordinary minds do not need to seek validation from outside opinion"
27. “Talking openly about your dreams and end goals helps to make them a reality. It’s rare that people confide their dreams—or even admit them to themselves. "
28. “When you pursue the right end goals while making sure you’re happy in the now, happiness unlocks the door for luck to come calling.”
29. "Life is not all business. We're here in this brief span of time to be happy together.”
30. “Sometimes you have to destroy a part of your life to let the next big thing enter.”
31. “Failure is often nothing more than good luck in disguise: the destruction of an old way of life so you can create the next grand vision of yourself.”
32. “The calling isn’t coming from us. It’s coming through us.”
33. "Extraordinary minds understand that their growth depends on two things: their models of reality and their systems for living"
34. "Much of what we take to be real—all the constructs, rules, and “shoulds” of the culturescape—is nothing more than an accidental tweak of history.”
35. "Extraordinary minds consistently spend time discovering, upgrading, and measuring new systems for living applied to life, work, heart, and soul. "
36. "Extraordinary minds have models of reality that empower them to feel good about themselves"
37. “Entrepreneurism is a means goal, not an end goal. The end goal is usually living a life of purpose, combined with the experiences that freedom and money can bring.”
38. "It’s considered normal to wake up with feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, and worry. But it isn’t. These feelings aren’t meant to be constant states. They’re alarm systems, evolved to alert us to things we need to deal with, not just live with.
39. “Words are powerful, as they influence how we see the world.”
40. "Extraordinary minds are motivated by a quest or calling—a drive to create some positive change in the world."
41. “We don’t have to choose between Buddha or badass. The idea is to be both. Indeed, sometimes the only way to be effective at one is to master the other.”
42. “When an old belief no longer serves you, you have every right to swap it out.”
43. “True connectedness does not recognize borders, color, or other such models of differentiation. The truly extraordinary have reverence for humanity as a whole.”
44. "Gratitude increases energy, reduces anxiety, improves sleep, and creates feelings of social connection"
45. "Extraordinary minds understand that happiness comes from within. They begin with happiness in the now and use it as a fuel to drive all their other visions and intentions for themselves and the world."
46. “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. "
― Quotes from the book The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
Who is the Author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?
Vishen Lakhiani is a Malaysian entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker, of Indian descent. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley.
Tal Gur is an impact-driven entrepreneur, author, and investor. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living - 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World, has led him to found Elevate Society.