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Selective Ignorance: A Blessing in a World of Chaos

Steve Jobs
I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.”

Steve Jobs

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Selective Ignorance: A Blessing in a World of Chaos

Selective Ignorance: A Blessing in a World of Chaos

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Selective Ignorance

When it comes to focus, knowing what to ignore is as important — if not more — than what to focus on.

Selective ignorance is not about lack of knowledge of information. Instead, it’s intentionally choosing subjects, facts, people, that you do not wish to know about.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.”

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

Ignoring Your Way To Success

The more selective ignorance you cultivate in your life the more time you’ll have to the things that matter:

  • Get your news from only a few respectable sources and only check them at specific times at the end of the day.
  • Treat checking emails as a to-do. Schedule two specific times to process email: late morning and late evening.
  • Turn your device into a minimalist phone. Turn off notifications and sounds and delete unnecessary apps.

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