The Number One Thing Highly Successful and Confident People Don’t Do, or The #1 Thing We Should All Avoid

  1. Reading posts like this.

Sorry, but I had to finally write this — for myself and for you. If we find ourselves clicking through on these candy bar posts that frequent social media then we still have some work to do. I’m fairly certain highly successful people aren’t clicking through on lists of virtues periodically throughout their day then selecting a few to try on as though choosing an outfit for the day. This is not to say that bettering oneself through acquired knowledge isn’t a necessary part of personal growth. It is — the path to wisdom. Warren Buffett reads 500 pages a day. Joseph Campbell spent 5 years in a cabin reading 9 hours a day during the Depression.

So during the years of the Depression I had arranged a schedule for myself. When you don’t have a job or anyone to tell you what to do, you’ve got to fix one for yourself. I divided the day into four four-hour periods, of which I would be reading in three of the four-hour periods, and free one of them. — Joseph Campbell via Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

If we wish to adopt the virtues and habits of the successful, we should discontinue reading what they don’t do and rather focus on reading what they read. We need to spend more time reading longform articles and books that explore topics in depth.

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