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Are You Reading Instead of Taking Action?
One idea I've been pondering over lately is to what extent reading about self-improvement is a complement versus a substitute for taking self-improvement action. Complements and substitutes are terms that come from economics. A complement to a product is something you buy more of when you buy the product.

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Reading vs doing

Reading about self-improvement can be a compliment or a substitute for taking action.

  • A complement view to self-improvement writing is that it should aid with personal development - the ...

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The dominating factor

To find out if the substitute or complement dominates will depend on many factors.

  • The material itself. Some types of self-improvement provide a large emotional payoff...

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The problem with substitution

Without doing and solving the main issue, more information will only be counterproductive.

Trying to offer encouragement may be harmful in the long-run. The best treatment involves con...

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Effort

Consider how much effort you're putting in to actively work on the areas you're reading about.

If you are working little on the areas you've identified, but spending a significant amo...

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