5 Day Reading Challenge in March 2022 📚✨

Day 1️⃣

  1. Learn in Public, It’s Great by Yath Prem (4min)

    As many thought leaders say, there are a lot of advantages to “learn in public." In this article, an author introduces the benefit of "learn in public" that he found his experience.

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  1. How I Stay Motivated Even When Progress Seems Slow by Ev Chapman (2min)

    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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  1. Efficiency is the Enemy by FS Blog (8min)

    DeMarco defines slack as “the degree of freedom required to effect change. Slack is the natural enemy of efficiency and efficiency is the natural enemy of slack.” This article gives us insights to notice what we do for the better.

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  1. How to cure Highlight Dementia by Cortex Futura (3min)

    If you go back through your highlights and you’re like “whaaa…why did I highlight this, this is useless?!”, then you should suffer from Highlight Dementia. In this article, an author advises two methods to cure it.

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  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear Summary and Analysis by Story Shots cf: James Clear (12min)

    James Clear says that “the significant changes you want to make in your life depend more on creating small habits than sizable shifts.” And this article explains how to make a good atomic habit.

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Day 2️⃣

  1. The forgetting curve: the science of how fast we forget by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (5min)

    People forget things quickly. There is no magic to easily recall everything you learn about. We should understand knowledge, use it regularly to remember it, and make it as simple as possible by using the right tools.

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  1. The Brutal Truth About Reading: If You Don’t Take Notes Right, You’ll Forget Nearly Everything by Michael Simmons (24min)

    The benefits of public note-taking are (1) Future Value for self and other people. Leaving notes with context helps you remember the info in the future. You and other people can also search and connect the dots later and (2) Deeper Understanding. Knowing that your notes could be viewed by others works as a forcing function to let you process the information deeply. Someone's trash is someone else's treasure. The future is learning in public ;)

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  1. Habits vs. Goals: A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life by FS Blog (5min)

    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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  1. Stop Overthinking Your Zettelkasten System: How To Get Started Writing Your First Notes by Ev Chapman (7min)

    Zellelkasten is a powerful system for thinking and generating new ideas. It takes time to get used to taking notes. But don’t overthink about it. You can build your system by just starting at first, then good practices will support it.

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  1. The Small Steps of Giant Leaps by FS Blog (3min)

    The position you find yourself in today is the accumulation of the small choices that you’ve been making for years. For your choices to compound, you need to be consistent. Intensity will only carry you in the short term but if you want compounding results you need consistency. In the absence of immediate rewards, we can keep up the intensity for a while but most of us become intermittent.

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Day 3️⃣

  1. Stop thinking about productivity, and start thinking about focus. by Finn (9min)

    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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  1. Notes apps are where ideas go to die. And that’s good. by Matthew Guay (5min)

    We save notes, links, ideas, thoughts, etc as insurance for the future to feel safe even though we don’t look back at all the notes later. Trying to find value and meaning in the time we spent, our thoughts, and our findings is a natural behavior to justify loss aversion.

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  1. The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything by FS Blog (3min)

    The Feynman Technique is an effective way to learn anything and there are four key steps. It helps you understand the essence of the topic you learn and remember what you have learned. If you learn this method, it’s helpful for your lifelong learning.

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  1. People Who Have “Too Many Interests” Are More Likely To Be Successful According To Research by Michael Simmons (16min)

    There have been a lot of warning against becoming a generalist has persisted in dozes of languages, however, many of the most impactful people in both history and contemporary have been generalists. In this article, the author explains why we should become “polymath” with considering the current and future world.

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  1. Lifelong Learning by FS Blog (5min)

    People need to learn continuously. Even if your daily learning is small, it is significant when you continuously learn throughout your life. Resolving to learning continuously in your entire life is remarkably powerful and makes a big difference in the long run.

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Day 4️⃣

  1. 5-Hour Rule: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible by Michael Simmons (17min)

    Knowledge is the new money. While goods are becoming demonetized, knowledge is becoming increasingly valuable. Unlike money, you won't lose knowledge by sharing. Instead, you will gain more from the process. In the web3.0 era, the exploding number of assets in the world gives more people the chance to profit from their unique knowledge. Furthermore, the rewards for learning will increase exponentially.

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  1. Build Personal Moats by Erik Torenberg (5mins)

    ”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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  1. First Principles: The Building Blocks of True Knowledge by FS Blog (16min)

    “First-principles thinking is one of the best ways to reverse-engineer complicated problems and unleash creative possibility. It’s one of the best ways to learn to think for yourself, unlock your creative potential, and move from linear to non-linear results.” Though there are many articles by FS, this is one of the most favorite articles.

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  1. How to be useless by Helen De Cruz & Pauline Lee (27min)

    Zhuangzi argued that we can reclaim our lives, and be happier and more fulfilled if we become more useless. It is fine for you to simply be. We need to reject the idea of use altogether. Societies based on usefulness do not make us happier or more in harmony with nature. You are not a mere tool in the building of a larger project, or a vessel in a grand ritual; you are a glorious part of the greater Universe, and when you become one with the Dao – you become your true self.

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  1. The Most Powerful Force You Can Harness: Slow, Incremental, Constant Progress by Thomas Waschenfelder (4min)

    The secret to success is consistency, not intensity. The small things that you do consistently matter more than the large things you do sporadically. Consistency allows you to capture the awesome power of compounding - where small gains compound on each other to create massive change over time. Put out what it is you want to get back from the world. Over the long term, you’ll get what you deserve.

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Day 5️⃣

  1. How Note Taking Can Help You Become an Expert by Cedric Chin (22min)

    In ill-structured (messy) domains, concept instantiation is highly variable. Thus, having a system to collect and connect (backlink) fragments of cases helps to accelerate expertise and build an adaptive worldview. Pick a note-taking app with backlinking capabilities. Start copying cases into your note-taking app, perhaps from articles, PDFs, books, or blog posts.

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  1. Mental Models For Problem-Solving To Avoid Catastrophic Mess by Ivaylo Durmonski (6min)

    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 towards the wrong choice.

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  1. what they don’t teach at university, but should by Harold Jarche (2min)

    It’s hard to learn things alone and people can accelerate learning by studying with mentors, fellow seekers, or knowledge catalysts. We’re living in a network society, so we can find these people and we should do it. These skills are portable and help you continue and accelerate your learning.

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  1. How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler by FS Blog (5min)

    There is a difference between reading for understanding and reading for information. If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t given much thought to how you read. And how you read makes a massive difference to knowledge accumulation. In this article, the author introduces the four levels of reading to improve our reading skills.

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  1. Building an antilibrary: the power of unread books by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (4mins)

    Do you know what the word “Tsundoku(積ん読)” is? It’s a Japanese word describing the habit of acquiring books but letting them pile up without reading them. People tend to feel guilty when buying books but don’t read them. But the concept of the antilibrary has wholly changed the author's mindset when it comes to unread books. In this article, the author introduces the benefit of antilibrary.

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