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“This ability to learn hard things quickly plays a key role in the attempt to become a superstar in just about any field.”
Deep work will help you learn hard things quickly. If you master hard things quickly, you will always rank among the top earners in your field. Once you learn what deep work is, you can start putting your energy into deep work and do great work, instead of just answering emails or dabbling in low-grade work activities. It is amazing to create something so good that nobody else can create it.
“The human is the only animal on earth that pays a thousand times for the same mistake.”
Our beliefs are conditioned by punishment. Whenever we do something wrong, we punish ourselves so as to reinforce the mistake. This is true for all animals of this world. However, we humans take it one step further and punish ourselves over and over again every time we are reminded of the mistake. This is extremely unfair to us, as it causes suffering and decreases our happiness.
“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he”
You are literally what you think. Your character being a complete sum of your thoughts. Just as plants cannot grow without the seed, actions cannot have been taken without the thought. Through this is the realization that you hold the key to every situation, and just as gold and diamonds are discovered through much searching and mining, you can discover your own truths and character by digging deep into yourself.
“Habits can be changed, if we understand how they work.”
Habits emerge because the brain wants to save effort. The brain, instead of analyzing the situation and thinking about behavior, can simply execute a routine. This gives the logical part of the brain more space for other important things.
The habit loop 3, and the first one is a cue. It’s a trigger that tells your brain to start executing a habit. Then there is a routine. It can be physical, mental, or emotional. And the last step is a reward. This gives the brain information about whether the routine is worth remembering in the future.
“The person you are today is the sum total of all your choices and decisions in life up to this date.”
According to Aristotle, the ultimate aim of human life is to be happy. The biggest thing that holds most people back from pursuing their dreams and being happy is a lack of self-discipline. If you cultivate self-discipline, set clear goals, and begin doing the things you already know you should be doing, nothing will keep you from achieving success. Remember, success isn’t an accident—you need to have the discipline to work hard at it.
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