Tiny Letter #7
Procrastinating / thinking / sharpening your mind / tools...
A few days ago, I had to take a test estimated to be four hours between reading material, quizzes, and the actual test. I could’ve taken it much earlier. I rarely procrastinate. It’s how my brain is wired. I try to avoid last-minute rushes. That adrenaline has never been for me.
But this time, I procrastinated. I waited until the last day to get it done. Why? Because I read the estimated time would be four hours. I didn’t want to spend four hours taking a test. I consider my time valuable, and this test wasn’t on par. So I decided to leave it until the due date.
When the moment came, I skimmed through the reading material and quizzes, then finally got to the test. And guess what. It took me a little over half an hour from beginning to end. I passed the test.
I learned that once I started, it got easier to keep going, and momentum drove me to the finish line.
Momentum is a beautiful physics concept that applies wonderfully in life.
Just get started, then the rest will follow.
🧠 Paul Graham on How To Think for Yourself
We have two options when it comes to thinking: follow conventional thinking or develop our own - independent thinking. The latter is tougher and takes more time because it requires us to spend time doing what most people usually avoid: being with ourselves and thinking. Surrounding ourselves with independent thinkers is a great way to get there, but it’s not a shortcut. Ultimately, we have to do the work. Give it a read.
🏋️ Becoming a top contender with Jimmy Butler
Everyone should try the following to sharpen their mind and life: reading, competing, reflecting, and physical fitness. These will help you stay healthy and strong both mentally and physically. I’ve practiced them all my life. The focus has always been to strengthen the soul, mind, body, and spirit. These have allowed me to keep going during difficult moments in life.
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