Self Improvement


Whenever you create goals and envision a better future, you’re actually planning for your future self, who values discipline and long term rewards.

But when it comes time to take action, your present self—who values short term gratification—fights with your future self. And more times than not, it wins.

One of the best ways to counter this problem is to make the rewards from your long-term goals immediate.

Example: if you’d like to exercise more regularly, but you also enjoy socializing, you could sign up for gym classes or participate in team sports to immediately benefit from social rewards.

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Self Improvement

7. Read as much as you can

Books are the best bargain there is. There is no better place to get a rich distillation of insights and wisdom.

From Bill Gates to Barack Obama to Oprah Winfrey to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the individuals whom people tend to deem wise and discerning all read a heck of a lot.

A Guide to Developing a Deep Reading Habit


  • Individual choice: We can choose how to spend our energy and time.
  • The prevalence of noise: Almost everything is noise, and a very few things are exceptionally valuable.
  • The reality of trade-offs: We can’t have it all or do it all.
Top-down and bottom-up learning

Top-down learning is understanding the big picture. It allows you to put the main ideas into a big-picture map to understand how the information fits together.

Bottom-up learning, called "chunking" describes pieces of information that are linked together through meaning or use. Much of learning is developing a sufficient repository of these chunks.

Learning to Learn


It’s not right to finish a book or a chapter and be lost with your life. If you can’t focus on book, start small with 5 pages or 10 pages a day, and be consistent. Track your habit of reading a book until you make it a habit.

9 ways to Cultivate a Lifetime Reading Habit


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