5 Day Reading Challenge in December 2022 πŸ“šβœ¨

5 Day Reading Challenge in December 2022 πŸ“šβœ¨

Day 1️⃣

  1. How I Stay Motivated Even When Progress Seems Slow by Ev Chapman (2 mins)
    The hardest thing about incremental progress is that it’s so hard to see. Since the progress isn't viewable clearly, many people give up on continuing to do something. In this article, the author gives three pieces of advice on how we should think when progress seems slow.
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  2. Memory & Learning Breakthrough: It Turns Out That The Ancients Were Right by Michael Simmons (17 mins)
    "Research shows that when we teach what we learn, something magical happens in our minds. We suddenly notice mistakes in our thinking. We have more creative insights. Our ideas become sharper. We remember what we learned for longer. We see patterns more effectively. We get feedback that improves our idea."
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  3. 40 questions to ask yourself every year by Stephan Ango (2 mins)
    At the end of each year, it's important to reflect on the past and plan for the future. One way to do this is to ask yourself forty questions. These questions can range from what you did this year that you'd never done before, to what cities/states/countries you visited, to what was your biggest achievement and failure. Answering these questions can help you identify trends and plan for the future.
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Day 2️⃣

  1. Habits vs. Goals: A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life by FS Blog (5 mins)
    If you want to achieve something in your life, it’s better to focus on forming positive habits rather than concentrating on a specific goal. Habits make up 40% of our waking hours. Habits, not goals, make otherwise difficult things easy.
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  2. The Paradox of Self-Improvement by J.W. Bertolotti (3 mins)
    In The Art of Self Improvement, author Anna Katharina Schaffner explains that self-improvement is not achieved through exertion and determination, but by yielding, accepting, and giving up resistance. Psychologist Viktor Frankl advocated "self-transcendence" by dedicating oneself to an external cause or to people we love. Paradoxically, the more we forget ourselves, the more we actualize ourselves. We must identify meaning that is located outside our own psyche, and remember that whatever we do in life will be insignificant, but it is essential that we do it.
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  3. Reopening the mind: how cognitive closure kills creative thinking by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (9 mins)
    People have a need for cognitive closure, which is the motivation to find an answer to ambiguous situations. This need can lead to mistakes and obscure the path to innovation. To combat this, we should seek knowledge to resolve questions regardless of our existing beliefs and design a psychologically safe environment. Additionally, we should fall in love with problems, and learn in public by sharing our early ideas, even if they feel half-baked.
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Day 3️⃣

  1. Stop thinking about productivity, and start thinking about focus by Finn (9 mins)
    People think they want to increase productivity. But productivity is a state and by-product of focus. Focus is delimited by the extent to which you can trust yourself and your judgment. It is a form of confidence, boundary-setting, and self-awareness.
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  2. How to spot adaptability in others β€” and boost it in yourself by Kara Cutruzzula (5 mins)
    Adaptability is an important trait to have in today's world. It can be spotted in others by asking "what if" questions and "tell me about a time when you were wrong" questions. It can be improved by playing at the intersections, taking a devil's advocate role, and keeping a failure resume. Adaptability is not fixed and everyone has the capacity to measure, test, and improve their ability to adapt to new circumstances.
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  3. Blockbuster: The #1 Mental Model For Writers Who Want To Create High-Quality, Viral Content by Michael Simmons (14 mins)
    One of the top writers on Medium, Michael Simmons, says that he started going all in writing one article. He would improve each article until he couldn’t anymore and spent more than 50 hours per article. The higher quality something is in terms of the underlying ideas and how it is packaged, the more likely it is to be shared over and over.
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Day 4️⃣

  1. Build Personal Moats by Erik Torenberg (5 mins)
    ”A personal moat is a set of unique and accumulating competitive advantages in the context of your career.” You should keep in mind some tips and mindsets to build your personal moat such as what’s easy for you but hard for others. There is a lot of advice for a career path, but this is one of the best that leverages your career as far as I know.
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  2. Single-tasking: the power of focusing on one task at a time by Dr. Hannah Rose (7 mins)
    Single-tasking is the most efficient way of working, as it avoids switching costs and conserves energy. Research shows that multitasking negatively impacts cognitive outcomes, and can even lead to lower grades. Focusing on one task can boost creativity, and the Pomodoro technique can help with this. By creating an environment free from distractions, using techniques to boost focus, and incorporating regular breaks, single-tasking can help you become more efficient and successful.
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  3. The Buffett Formula: Going to Bed Smarter Than When You Woke Up by FS Blog (5 mins)
    Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger have a unique partnership in which they both spend a lot of time reading and learning. They believe that it is important to go to bed smarter than when you woke up and to think critically and form your own opinions. They also believe in the power of collaboration and learning from each other. They emphasize the importance of reading and learning in order to become lifelong self-learner. They also emphasize the importance of expressing your thoughts and ideas in order to truly understand them.
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Day 5️⃣

  1. How Elon Musk Learns Faster And Better Than Everyone Else by Michael Simmons (8 mins)
    Elon Musk is good at a very specific type of learning that most others aren’t even aware of β€” learning transfer. Learning transfer is taking what we learn in one context and applying it to another. It can be taking a kernel of what we learn in school or in a book and applying it to the β€œreal world.” It can also be taking what we learn in one industry and applying it to another.
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  2. Everything is aiming: forget the target and focus on your aim by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (5 mins)
    Kyūdō, the Japanese martial art of archery, teaches an alternative philosophy where the aim matters more than the goal. The master encourages the student to forget about the goal and focus on the way they are aiming. In life, the goal is the target we want to achieve, while the aim is the course we set to reach that target. Focusing on our aims is a mindset shift that allows us to break free of the arrival fallacy and enjoy the process.
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  3. Mental Models For Problem-Solving To Avoid Catastrophic Mess by Ivaylo Durmonski (6 mins)
    Mental models are basic rules that can be applied to virtually everything. Good problem-solving is good thinking. And good thinking happens when you add more cognitive shortcuts to your mental toolbox. They provide a cure that prevents our flawed way of thinking from steering us toward the wrong choice.
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