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…is to stop reading.


Books are amazing; they grant us access to a life-time’s worth of knowledge and insight within a few weeks for 10–20 bucks. You’ll see articles saying that the Secret to Bill Gates’ success is reading 50+ books a year. More daringly, they imply that if only you would read 50+ books a year, you could be as successful as him. While I didn’t quite believe that (having been an avid reader all my life and not nearly been as successful, let’s be honest) I did feel like I was getting a lot from each and…

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Desk with laptop, notebooks, coffee, glasses and photos
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Education is a popularly discussed topic. Almost everyone agrees it’s broken, but not how it should be fixed. It’s understandable that one would want to give so serious thought and discussion to a system that every individual of our society is expected to go through.

However, 90% of the discussion on education is about jobs — what should I do to have the best career prospects? Or if you’re a bit more idealistically inclined: how can the largest amount of people have the best possible career prospects? …

“No matter where you go, there you are.”

That is the essence of the motto behind self-improvement. The constant factor involved in all of your life’s pursuits is: you. It’s not a big jump from that observation to the hypothesis that improving yourself might be the single most effective way of improving your life.

The biggest challenge in improving yourself and your circumstances isn’t that change is hard and success doesn’t come overnight. It is hard. But the biggest challenge is that we are very much blind to what it is that would make the biggest difference if it were…

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Making time for yourself is important. Making time to do the most important tasks is important. So it makes sense that doing all those in the morning would be a great start of the day. But just because it makes sense, doesn’t make it true.

On the repeated recommendation of several friends, I picked up a copy of “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. It was inspiring and exciting. I decided to give the miracle morning a try for at least 2 months. …

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Have you ever wondered that? I was a bit of an improvement junkie. Everything from my calendar to my apartment received make-overs more than once. The most popular subject of all: myself and my perceived lack of productivity.

Miracle mornings, zero inboxes, meditation, scrum, Marie Kondo, you name it, I tried it. It’s amazing to hear about how a small changes made a huge difference in people’s lives. I still love those stories. Mine is not one of them.

I tried a lot of things and some of them improved my life. However, it doesn’t seem to entirely live up…

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There you go, everything in one picture. No suspension or anything. But allow me to elaborate a little.

Humans like certainty and simplicity. Behavioral experiments show in many ways that people will prefer a certain, undesirable outcome over an uncertain outcome with better average result.

We like certainty because we want to know what’s coming and we like simplicity because it makes it easier for us to decide what to do about it.

From the boss who suddenly criticized your performance to the often-asked question of “what should I be doing with my life?”, many frustrations and emotional turmoil stem…

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I’m an avid believer in learning from other people’s experiences. With over 7.5 billion people living in the world and a multiple of that having lived here in the past, it’s pretty safe to say that basically every challenge we face has been faced by countless others before us. So why not get off our pedestal of being special and unique and look up the answer already?

The problem lies in the gap between people’s experience and the advice we receive at the end. I’ve been reading a daily dose of Medium for a while, including topics that I imagine…

Zoe Fang

Entrepreneur. Humanist. Medium addict. B.Sc. Artificial Intelligence. M.Sc. Cognitive Neuroscience. Learning through sharing.

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