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.
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.
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.
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.