Brain Food – No. 550 – November 12th, 2023
Timeless ideas and insights for life. (Read the archives).
The Feynman Technique is the best way to supercharge your learning. And it works no matter the subject. Devised by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, it leverages the power of teaching for better learning.
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“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”
— Jim Rohn
“I think we talk about discipline because it feels tough to do. We’re doing the hard thing. We’re slogging through. But when we are at our best, we’re not slogging through. Great people are obsessed and they’re not slogging through. They are driven. They are motivated. They are deeply, deeply engaged. … If it starts to feel like a slog and you’re pushing yourself every day—I mean, we all have periods of that—but [do it] too long and that really becomes laborious. To me, it’s often a flag that perhaps you shouldn’t be in that area at all.”
— Dr. Julie Gurner, Source
Anyone can do it once. The best do it consistently.
Anyone can order a healthy meal once. Anyone can get up early to workout once. Anyone can save more than they earn for a month. Anyone can take their partner on a date once. Anyone can write a page. Anyone can focus on one thing for an hour.
Most people can’t do it consistently because they want instant gratification. They want to see the results … right now. Just because the results aren’t immediately visible, doesn’t mean they are not accumulating. Ordinary moments compound over weeks and months into extraordinary results.
Consistently boring days make for extraordinary decades.
There are a lot of things you don’t control.
You don’t get to pick your parents.
You don’t get to pick the country you are born in.
You don’t get to pick your given talent.
You don’t get to pick the test.
You don’t control where you start, but you can change where you go.
Integrity is a choice.
Kindness is a choice.
Hard work is a choice.
Preparation is a choice.
Consistency is a choice.
Your attitude is a choice.
Your response is a choice.
The people you hang around are a choice.
Changing your trajectory is a choice.
The person who focuses on fewer things goes further than the person distracted by many.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. Stealing food from kittens.