In Part 1 of this post, I discussed a physiological feeling that arises in my chest on long runs that is a seemingly-limitless source of energy. This post explains a personal search for that limit by competing in a 100-mile race.
I haven’t posted any articles recently because I have been lazy about the habit. I do have many other legitimate responsibilities and priorities, but I have ultimately been lazy. I am now going to reverse this trend.
Taking action is usually more important than spending time considering what action to take. Time spent in thought paralyzed one into a stage of stasis that can be hard to get out of. Taking every opportunity can solve most of the problems that arise from over-thinking.
In this article, I discuss the bad habits that kept me from learning how to swim for the first twenty years of my life. I then explain the approach that I have recently used to learn how to swim. Future articles will detail how a similar approach has helped me become more social, learn Mandarin, and prepare for an ultra-marathon.
Since books are often costly both in terms of money and time, there should be placed a serious emphasis on deciding if a book is worth commit to. Generally, reviews of non-fiction fail in this regard, following a rule of weighing the strengths and weaknesses of a book divorced from how effective it was in delivering its promise. The esteemed value of books as a means of transformation might be one of those social facts that nobody questions, despite it being mostly ineffective.