Radically Proactive Habits That Pay Off Exponentially in 10 Years
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Being proactive and thinking long-term while making decisions in the present is something that primes us for a better and deliberate future.
We start to consider the second-order consequences of our decisions, understanding that short-term thinking is too common, and long-term thinking is a superpower.
Take care of yourself in the long run with these compounding activities:
Reading makes our brain exercise, and all successful people share this habit.
Reading reduces stress and increases your emotional intelligence. The slice of life your brain is exposed to, whether you read for self-improvement or pleasure, will make you more focused at work.
Our daily grind makes us skip the ‘side-hustle’, our passion projects like writing a book, blogging, learning a new skill, starting an online business, painting or designing something.
If our actual work stresses us, a passion project will help absorb that pressure and make you happy, even if you don’t earn any money from it.
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