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Your thoughts are influenced by others

If you don't choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will, and their motives may not be the same as yours.

For example, a notification from Netflix informing you that a new season of your favourite show is available may cause you to put your life on hold to watch it for a few days. Then you may watch some YouTube clips. If you don't intervene, others may control your attention and you may become a mindless drone.

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Where to direct your attention

Where to direct your attention

Stoic philosopher Epictetus wrote, "Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people's weakness."

This is very telling even in our age about our attention and the things we focus on. We let other people decide what to fo...

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Focus on attention over information

Information is primarily about data and facts, while knowledge is mainly about applying information. For example, it is a fact that the average hedge fund underperformed the market over the ...

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Turn off all your non-essential notifications

Turn off notifications for all the apps on your phone, so you don't have to put your phone in do not disturb mode. That way, you have more control over what you see on your phone.

The point is to use your phone mindfully. Consider if a specific notification will be useful to you.

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The use of social media

Social media can be a great tool for connecting with people, but it is not suitable to obtain information. It is not a replacement for books or articles.

Most people are unaware that they are being used on social media. They may think they're in control, but they're influenced all the time...

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Read a few writers online

Follow one or two people whose work adds value to you. You may not agree with everything but may like their style and perspective.

Consume content relevant to you and ignore everything else. Ask yourself:

  • Is this worth my attention?
  • Will it enrich my life?

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