External Improvement vs. Self-Improvement

External Improvement vs. Self-Improvement

  • External improvement: Money, fitness, credentials, status, friends, etc. 
  • Self-improvement: Habits, thought patterns, confidence, beliefs, learned skills and behaviors.
You can improve your external situation without improving yourself, but that tends to result from luck and circumstances you can’t control.  

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What is Self-Improvement?

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Lasting Self-Improvement

Self-improvement is identifying current strategies, how they meet your current needs and solve your current problems, and figuring out how to adjust them into a better configuration. It must start by recognizing who you are now, then making small and stable changes to reach the stage where the problem has been solved.

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External improvement...
... that doesn't arise from self-improvement is from circumstances or factors outside your control. Winning the lottery may be great, but if you’re broke right now, that’s not a strategy to bank on. Instead you need to start by changing your own behaviors, skills and habits.

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Life Strategy
Your total life strategy is a collection of every habit, behavior and thought pattern, conscious and unconscious, that you use to solve the problems you have in life, meet your needs and stay alive. 

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Self-control

It’s your ability to resolve conflicts between your short-term desires and your long-term goals.

For example, successful self-control means sacrificing immediate pleasure (cookies and cakes) and choosing the delayed reward (healthy weight).

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The biggest problem, thoug h, is that models like this one are performed only on a single task. Future tasks require a new set of data points as well as equal or more amount of resources.

Transfer learning is an approach in deep learning (and machine learning) where knowledge is transferred from one model to another.

Deep learning models require a LOT of data for solving a task effectively. However, it is not often the case that so much data is available. For example, a company may wish to build a very specific spam filter to its internal communication system but does not possess lots of labelled data.

What you can do is using a pre-trained image classifier on dog photos to predict cat photos.

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Habits form a core idea in behavior change. It requires that you change your behavior by regularly doing something.

To get fit, you need to have a habit of eating well and exercising. To have loving relationships, you need good habits of communication.

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