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	(part of <a href="/d1">the “do this” directives</a>)
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<h3>1.
	Prioritize lifestyle design.
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	You’ve made it, so it’s all about you, now.  Make your dreams come true.
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	Shape your surroundings to please your every desire.
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	Make your <a href="/book/TimeParadox">immediate gratification</a> the most important thing.
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<h3>2.
	Chase that comparison moment.
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	You have the old thing. You want the new thing.
	Yes! Do it! Be happy for a week.
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	Ignore the fact that the <a href="/book/StumblingOnHappiness">happiness only comes from the moment of comparison between the old and new</a>.
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	Once you’ve had your new thing for a week, and it becomes the new norm, seek happiness from another new thing.
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<h3>3.
	Buy, not rent.
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	Why rent a house, castle, boat, or car, when you can buy?
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	It’s not about the thing, it’s about identity.
	This shows who you are now.
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<h3>4.
	Internalize your new status.
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	You worked hard to get here.
	Celebrate. Relax.
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	Admit you are in a different class of people now, with different needs.
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	Understand there is no going back.
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<h3>5.
	Be a connoisseur.
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	Learn what others say is the finest.
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	Insist on only the finest.
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	You will now be <a href="/book/StoicJoy">unhappy</a> with anything but the finest.
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<h3>6.
	Get to know your possessions.
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	Now that you own the best, it’s time to focus on what you’ve got.
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	Learn all about the features of your new possessions.
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	Spend more time getting your surround sound and heated floor just right.
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	Work out the solar panel charging of your Tesla car.
	This is important.
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<h3>7.
	Acclimate to comfort.
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	Eliminate every discomfort from your life.
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	<a href="/book/WhenThingsFallApart">Blame others</a> when the world seems hard, and is not living up to your standards.
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