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7 Brutal Life Lessons Everyone Has to Learn Multiple Times

Small, Daily Habits

.. are more important than big, infrequent home runs.

Big leaps happen by adding lots of tiny steps up over a long period of time. If you think you can skip that process, you’re wrong.

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7 Brutal Life Lessons Everyone Has to Learn Multiple Times

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The “Easy” Road

... usually ends up being more difficult. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

The reason a path looks “easy” is because it hides its difficulties in plain sight. And you choose the easy road because you did not take the time to really understand what it was you were looking at.

Love is a roller coaster

And you have to learn to apply brakes to it.

Because the truth is, without knowing when to slow down, it’s going to go faster, and faster, and faster, and you’re going to skip all the little things you needed to learn and acknowledge about each other along the way.

Self-Knowledge

It's worth more than personal achievement.

If you pursue things in the name of personal achievement, you will never be fulfilled. True fulfillment is calm and motivated only by creative freedom — a desire to further understand yourself and your craft.

The People That Surround You

The people around you are your mirrors. They are the ones who allow you to see aspects of yourself — and vice versa.

Deliberately choosing the people around you is how you can sculpt yourself.

You Cannot Stay the Same Forever

The difficult lesson is knowing the value of change. Because we usually fear change.

Instead of waiting for change to find you, go out and find it. Look for the little signs when you are beginning to plateau, in any way, and change up your routine deliberately.

That “tiny voice” inside

All your life hypothesis have 2 sides: what you feel like you should do, and what that “tiny voice” inside genuinely wants you to do.

We all hear it, but we get tricked by the louder voice - our ego. And that's because the ego always promises safety, avoidance of hurt, and instant gratification.

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2 kinds of prior knowledge

... you need two kinds of prior knowledge:

  • Knowledge about the subject at hand (math, history, or programming).
  • Knowledge about how learning actually works.
Force yourself to recall

When learning is difficult, you're doing your best learning, in the same way that lifting a weight at the limit of your capacity makes you stronger. 

When you keep trying to remember a piece of information, you interrupt the forgetting process and help cement the memory of that information into your brain. 

Interleaving

It's a strategy of mixing up the type of problems you solve when you're testing yourself.

That way, the testing conditions are more similar to real life, where you first have to figure out what kind of problem you have on your hands and then solve it. 

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Great Results

... are built from small actions that you take every day.

It is your habits that will determine who you are and what you can accomplish in the future.

Start Your Day Early

Wake up early and you can spend some undisturbed time alone and do your most important tasks or get ready for what is coming during the day.

You may feel uneasy and uncomfortable at first, but you need to overcome it and turn it into a habit. Wake up 15 minutes earlier and gradually improve from there can be a good strategy.

Spend 30 Minutes Into Reading

You can do this either in the morning before you start your day or before you sleep at night. Read relevant books that will improve your knowledge or just read personal development books.

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Clarify what you really want

Noticing and admitting our mistakes helps us get in touch with our commitments--what we really want to be, do, and have. 

Working on possible solutions, redefining what we want or...

You can be flawed and be loved

People who love and care about us will stick with us through all our flaws and floundering. Our not so perfectness is what makes us unique and we are loved for it. So we should give ourselves a break.

Accept your fallibility

Facing mistakes often takes us straight to the heart of our fears. And when we experience and face those fears, they can disappear. 

When we are stuck and admit that we can't do it alone it sends a signal and opens the door for help to show up. People, resources, and solutions will appear, especially when we ask for help.

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