Mo Gawdat Quotes

Who on Earth is Mo Gawdat?

Mohammad 'Mo' Gawdat is an Egyptian entrepreneur and writer. He 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.

Born June 20, 1967

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Best 53 Quotes by Mo Gawdat

“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 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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“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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“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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“As soon as you master the art of observing an idea and letting it go, your mind will quickly run out of topics to bring up. It can keep going only when you cling to an idea.”

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“Entertain the idea that what you’ve spent your entire life learning may not be entirely true.”

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“Every time you examine your thoughts you’ll notice that whatever you’re upset about is rooted in a past you cannot change or a future that may turn out to be completely different from what you express.”

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“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 ≥ your perception of the events of your life MINUS your expectations of how life should behave.”

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“Happiness depends entirely on how we control every thought.”

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“Happiness is the absence of unhappiness.”

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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. ”

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“In the 1930s, the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky observed that inner speech is accompanied by tiny muscular movements in the larynx. Based on this, he argued that inner speech developed through the internalization of out-loud speech. In the 1990s, neuroscientists confirmed his view.”

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

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“It all begins when you accept the thought passing through your head as absolute truth. The longer you hold on to this thought, the more you prolong the pain.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“Life sometimes needs to give you a nudge in order to alter your path. It uses a bit of hardship to lead you to something good.”

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“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.”

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“Ninety percent of your long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world but by the way your brain processes the world.”

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“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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“Once when Aya was around five, she was crying while I was deeply engaged trying to explain to her why she shouldn’t cry about the issue that had upset her. In the cutest way she looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “Papa, when I’m crying don’t talk to me about the things that make me cry. If you want to make me happy, just tickle me.”

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“One day I realized that control is not to be gained at the micro level of every detail. It is not to be found in what I need to do, but rather in how I need to do every little thing I do.”

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“Others will rarely ever approve of your ego because they are more concerned with their own ego than with yours.”

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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.”

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“Our expectation that others will buy into our fake image is never satisfied – and we feel unhappy.”

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“Please stop looking at what you don’t have. What you don’t have is infinite. Making that your reference point is a sure recipe for disappointment.”

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“Strive to achieve your goals knowing that the results are impossible to predict. When something unexpected happens, the detachment concept tells us to accept the new direction and try again.”

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“Success is not an essential prerequisite to happiness.”

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

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“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 gravity of the battle means nothing to those at peace.”

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“There are three types of thought that our brains produce: insightful (used for problem solving), experiential (focused on the task at hand), and narrative (chatter).

Those types are so distinctively different from each other that they occur in different parts of our brain.”

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“There is nothing wrong with planning and trying to assume control. The way we react when something unexpected happens is where we go off track.”

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“To observe the physical world, you need to observe from a vantage point outside it.”

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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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“Unhappiness happens when your reality does not match your hopes and expectations.”

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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.”

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“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.”

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“What I realized was that I would never get to happiness as long as I held on to the idea that as soon as I do this or get that or reach this benchmark I’ll become happy.”

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“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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“When it comes to thought, you should be in full control. Your brain’s job is to produce logic for you to consider. When the thoughts are presented, you should never lose sight of the question 'Who is working for whom?'”

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“While eternity is commonly understood to be a very long time, it really is the absence of time. It is timelessness.”

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“While success doesn’t lead to happiness, happiness does contribute to success.”

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“With no thoughts, we return to our default, childlike, state: happiness!”

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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.”

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“You just need to take charge and act like the boss. Correct Descartes’ statement all the way: I am, therefore my brain thinks.”

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