5 Day Reading Challenge in June 2022 📚✨

Day 1️⃣

  1. Research Reveals The №1 Life Skill That Schools Surprisingly Don’t Teach by Michael Simmons(12min)

    The most important skill anybody can learn is the ability to learn rare and useful skills on-demand. Not only is learning how to learn not taught, but our popular culture is also filled with dangerous learning myths that sabotage people’s success and cause them to waste countless hours learning mediocre skills they don’t remember for more than a few weeks and never apply.

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  1. The Best Way to Find More Time to Read by FS Blog (6min)

    There is no secret to finding time to read boils down to choosing how to allocate your time. And allocating your time is how successful people increase productivity. Reading isn’t something to be done once a week to check a box; it’s something to do every day. Reading more isn’t a secret. It comes down to choices.

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  1. The 1 Percent Rule: Why a Few People Get Most of the Rewards by James Clear (7min)

    What begins as a small advantage gets bigger over time. One plant only needs a slight edge in the beginning to crowd out the competition and take over the entire forest. Something similar happens in our lives. Not everything in life is a Winner-Take-All competition, but nearly every area of life is at least partially affected by limited resources. Where your performance relative to those around you is the determining factor in your success.

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Day 2️⃣

  1. The Ultimate Productivity Hack is Saying No by James Clear (5min)

    If the benefits of saying no are so obvious, then why do we say yes so often? Not doing something will always be faster than doing it. “Remember that there is no code faster than no code.” In other words, saying no saves you time in the future. Saying yes costs you time in the future while no is a form of time credit.

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  1. Embrace the Mess: The Upside of Disorder by FS Blog (5min)

    A messy environment offers disruptions that seem to act as a catalyst for new ideas and creations. If you think about it, we try to avoid these same disruptions when we focus on being more “organized.” Messy disruptions will be most powerful when combined with creative skills. The disruption puts an artist in the unpromising territory—a deep valley rather than a familiar hilltop.

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  1. The hermeneutic circle: a key to critical reading by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (4min)

    When we first read a text—whether a book, a research paper, or a blog post—we form an initial understanding. As we progress through the text, we keep on evaluating this initial understanding based on the new knowledge brought by the text as it unfolds. As you are reading this sentence, you are doing two things at the same time: understanding single words, and weighing the meaning of each word. In turn, the new context will inform the way we interpret the text.

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Day 3️⃣

  1. Thomas Edison, Salvador Dali, and a Navy SEAL All Follow The 20% Rule by Michael Simmons (16min)

    What percentage of our workweek should we spend on learning and experimentation in order to have a thriving career? Many of the top companies and entrepreneurs in the world have independently found an optimal number that is the same. They spend 20% of their time on activities on experiments and skill-building.

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  1. Productivity addiction: when we become obsessed with productivity by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (7min)

    The positive reinforcement can make it hard to realize we may be falling prey to productivity addiction. The more we contribute, the better. “I work, therefore I am.” Being productive feels like a way to improve our self-worth. Providing constant reinforcement—financial rewards, social rewards, or can become a goal in and of itself, resulting in compulsive behaviors. But, in the long term, being obsessed with productivity can have unintended consequences

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  1. Do More of What Already Works by James Clear (3min)

    We have a tendency to undervalue answers that we have already discovered. We underutilize old solutions—even if they are best practices—because they seem like something we have already considered. We assume that new solutions are needed if we want to make real progress, but that isn't always the case.

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Day 4️⃣

  1. Content Writers: Don’t Focus On Individual Pieces. Build Your Library by Nicolas Cole (3min)

    There are two types of content on the Internet: Timely and Timeless. Timely content is all about capitalizing on the moment. And very few “timely writers” can stay on the hamster wheel longer than a few years. Timeless content is about remaining relevant long into the future. Everyone thinks they want the former, but the more desirable outcome is the latter.

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  1. If you want to be massively successful, do NOT set ambitious goals, according to studies by Michael Simmons (21min)

    We think a goal is going to change everything, so we sacrifice our health or our close relationships (or both) for it. Then, in the end, we realize that what we sacrificed may have been more important than the goal itself. Yet, when we set a goal, we often unconsciously make the assumption that we won’t change significantly and neither will the world. Neither is true.

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  1. Five common beliefs about note-taking by Fei-Ling Tseng (4min)

    "Writing can improve our thinking. I know it has improved mine. But do we know what parts of the writing process that helps us think better? Can it be done systematically? What are the traits of a good note-taking process that lead to better grasp of ideas and concepts? This has been my question for many years.” In the article, the author introduces some beliefs on note-taking that she carried for a long time, but that changed over time.

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Day 5️⃣

  1. The Pygmalion Effect: Proving Them Right by FS Blog (5min)

    The expectations people have of us affect us in countless subtle ways each day. People’s limitations can be stretched if you change your perception of their limitations. A lot of what we accomplish in life is done in groups. Individual success is often dependent on some degree of team success. Thus, we have a better chance of succeeding when we are around others who succeed.

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  1. Newsletter #59: Build Systems to Guide Your Attention and Avoid Information Overwhelm by Ramses Oudt (5min)

    Forgetting is not a curse. Without forgetting, everything that you ever did or said would haunt you forever. But if you're trying to learn, you want to minimize forgetting in the long term. Remembering everything is impossible, so we need systems to help us keep the useful bits of knowledge. Our best bet is to externalize a part of our thinking—to build a second brain.

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  1. Goal-Setting Doesn’t Work. Here’s What Does by Luke Burgis by Luke Burgis (11min)

    We hear a lot about goal setting, but hardly anything about why we are so obsessed with goal setting in the first place. Many of us relentlessly pursue goals — which we take for granted as good — without pausing to ask ourselves whether we should. There’s a meta dimension to goal setting. What are the circumstances and environments out of which certain kinds of goals emerge? Where, or who, do we adopt our goals from in the first place?

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