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Reading about self-improvement can be a compliment or a substitute for taking action.
To find out if the substitute or complement dominates will depend on many factors.
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...
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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You were never actually accomplishing anything or get informed by watching the news.
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It's knowing how to learn. Learning itself is a skill, and knowing how to do it well is an incredibly valuable advantage.
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Learning is a two-step process:
You should not waste your time by committing unimportant details to memory.
Your focus should be on understanding the bigger picture, on how things relate to each other.
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