Motivation and habits when learning a skill – Part 1/2

  Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis. ― Zig Ziglar In my previous blog post, I wrote at length about ways to fight procrastination, and to get stuff done. The natural follow-up, then, is to talk about motivation. What …

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How to fight procrastination when learning/doing stuff – Part 2/2

For part 1 of this article, click here. Pareto Principle Now that you’ve found a great way to leverage your own procrastinating habits, it’s time to go to Step 2 of our procrastinating-buster bootcamp. Two of my favorite quotes from Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek are that “Doing something unimportant well does not make it important,” …

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How to fight procrastination when learning/doing stuff – Part 1/2

. . . anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment. — Robert Benchley, in Chips off the Old Benchley, 1949 Learning a new skill, whether it be cookery, martial arts, music, or languages, requires a tremendous amount of time and discipline. …

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The Art of Inventing Complexity in Language Learning

I was recently reading one of Scott Young’s blog posts which he wrote a few years ago, in which he argues that smart people like solving complicated problems, and that when faced with a problem that is difficult, but doesn’t have a complex answer, they invent complexity. Instead of focusing on the essentials and making …

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