Just Decide

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.

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Being Realistic

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.

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Noah Greensweig
Struggling to change, part one: The fault of non-fiction

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.

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Rasmus Nielsen
Am I reading too fast? 

There is actually a real argument for slowing down while reading a book if it conveys ideas that are of practical use to you. Ideas presented in books such as "Atomic Habits" that seriously attempt to change your life, needs to be absorbed slowly both in terms of its information and emotion. Sometimes it seems I need to re-read a book, not because I forgot its message, but because I need to reexperience the emotions associated with it. 

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Social minimalism

Now more then ever, we need to realise that friendships have a 'less is more' quality to them. Hence, we should be incredibly careful of not eroding our 'real' friendships by focusing our energy in keeping up with our acquittances. Social minimalism is in opposition to using friendships instrumentally. It is a way of acknowledging that a friend in front of you, is better than ten on facebook.

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Culture of insomnia

One thing that I repeatedly learn from reading Nietzsche is to be suspicious of values and traditions instilled by others. One such value is that summarized in the old adage: I’ll sleep when I am dead. And it turns out that you soon will if you don’t get adequate sleep.

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Opting for Discomfort

In virtual worlds, we maximize our character’s development in order to make the game as enjoyable as possible and consider anything less to be a tremendous waste of time. Using our unique capacity for consciousness to voluntarily embrace the discomfort of shedding the ego is the process by which we can escape the ultimately meaningless fate of characters in virtual worlds.

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Reclaiming my hours

Yesterday I uninstalled 'enter the gungeon'. My computer tells me that I have spent 90 hours playing the game since I downloaded it in February. Ninety hours that theoretically could have been spent reading books, working out and improving my writing.

Now I want to reclaim my hours, to figure out exactly what I have missed by playing a game. How valuable are ninety hours spent on something?

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Overcome and accept

Culture often serves as a tool of domestication. It removes our teeth’s and fangs, and corrupting us by confusing’s us by making us believe that we were always this toothless. I think that laziness is Apollonian construct. The mindless watching of YouTube videos, the checking of social media, the grinding of videogames – none of this is me. It is the symptoms of a corrupting culture that monetizes attention.

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