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1. Choose a conducive environment.

1. Choose a conducive environment.

Excellence needs a social environment that provides us with enough comfort, respect, and time to develop our talents. Choose jobs, friends and partners who encourage what you are trying to do.

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4. Question everything.

Have the creativity – and the courage – to challenge teachers and authority figures without abandoning your craft. Develop your own sense of what it means to do your craft well.

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2. Chase goals, not burnouts.

Keep an eye on how you distribute your time. Make a distinction between growth and recovery, and make sure you use your free time in a balanced way.

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3. Make learning flexible and fun.

The right kind of education is essential. Don’t get discouraged if you’ve had trouble in educational environments that weren’t oriented around your craft.

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If we only focus on getting by, we won't grow. If we become overly obsessed with ideals, we'll burn out. We need balance where we can distribute time effectively and in a way that leads to excellence, not just success.

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  • Truth, rationality and wisdom are the lasting virtues that one should be after.
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Example: People who hate sports cannot understand why thousands are cheering in a stadium for a few men who are chasing a ball.

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