Who is Mo Gawdat?

Mohammad 'Mo' Gawdat was the Chief Business Officer for Google X, a secret subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. In his book 'Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy', Mo, as his friends like to call him, looks for ways to be happy and to avoid disappointment. The book draws from different philosophies and religions, such as Buddhism and Mindfulness. Mo dedicated the book to his son Ali Gawdat, who died unexpectedly at age 21 during a routine operation.

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Quotes by Mo Gawdat

“For human beings, simply put, the default state is happiness. If you don’t believe me, spend a little time with a human fresh from the factory, an infant or toddler. Obviously, there’s a lot of crying and fussing associated with the start-up phase of little humans, but the fact is, as long as their most basic needs are met—no immediate hunger, no immediate fear, no scary isolation, no physical pain or enduring sleeplessness—they live in the moment, perfectly happy.”

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“Get real. You are not the star of the movie. Most of what happens around you isn’t about you at all. There are infinite numbers of other movies. In those, if you feature at all, you’re just a supporting actor. It would really help your happiness if you started to look at your life that way.”

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“Happiness is a choice. You can actually achieve it and there is a method to make it happen. Happiness is not a coincidence, it is not given to you by life, it’s entirely our responsibility.”

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“Happiness is like keeping fit. You have to work out.”

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“If there is one thing that will change your life forever, it is recognizing that the voice talking to you is not you!”

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“If you can afford the brain cycles to worry about the future, then by definition, you have nothing to worry about right now. Right now, you’re okay. ”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy

“If you go back to childhood, you observe that if a child’s basic needs are met their default state is happy – they don’t need an iPhone, they can play with their toes and be happy.”

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“is there anything ever under our total control? Yes, two things are: your actions and your attitude.”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy

“It begins when you believe that you are the center of the universe, that good things happen because you’ve earned them and bad things happen just to annoy you. And that’s the furthest thing from the truth.”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy

“Life is bound to deal you a few bad hands now and then. You don’t need to make a big deal out of every unexpected turn of events. Your path may be rerouted, but nothing is lost unless you decide to quit. Through it all, arm yourself with the right attitude.”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy

“Many successful athletes, musicians, and entrepreneurs have achieved their success because they love what they do so much they become experts at it just because the activity itself makes them happy.”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy

“Once the thought goes, the suffering disappears! When a rude person offends you, he can’t really make you unhappy, unless you turn the event into a thought, then allow it to linger in your brain, and then allow it to distress you. It’s the thought, not the actual event, that’s making you unhappy.”

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“Our brains replay every painful memory from the past and every possible scary scenario from the future over and over, just like a complex computer simulation, in an attempt to scare us away from threats before they can happen and regardless of the probability of their happening at all.”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy

“Take away that thought of what might happen in the future, and it won’t make you suffer.”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy

“The egoless child is still calmly sitting inside each of us. Buried in layers over layers of lies, egos, and personas. Happy nonetheless. Waiting to be found.”

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“The scientific research will tell you that the more income you get the more happy you will become, but once you get to average income your happiness plateaus.”

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“Treat your brain as a biological function and understand he is not the boss – you are the boss.”

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“We deal with time every day, yet no one really knows what time is. We have created machines that measure mechanical movement in such a way, yet we have no idea what it is that we are measuring and we are very happy to torture ourselves with it.”

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“We should be happy now, not in the future. Now is all we have.”

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“We view memories as archives of past events—of what has actually happened. But in reality, memories are nothing more than descriptions of what we think happened.”

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“We wear different masks and hide our reality from everyone, including ourselves. Our assumed identities becomes our whole lives, and we start to believe them—even more than others do.”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy

“What happened to the joyful, calm infant who simply enjoyed the moment with whatever it had to offer? Gone. Swamped by the constant urge to define an ever-evolving identity.”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy

“What keeps us alive and propels us forward are our actions, not our fears. Fear, if anything, paralyzes us. It blurs our judgment and blocks us from making the best possible decisions. Fear of failure doesn’t drive our best performance. All it does is add anxiety. What truly drives us to success is our hard work. And you don’t need to be afraid to work hard.”

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“What’s the best that can happen? That is the question to ask.”

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“You are the observer. You are the one aware of all that is happening around you. I know it may sound disappointing, but you have never seen you. You are not to be seen. You are the one who sees.”

Mo Gawdat Solve For Happy