Some Rules for Self-Improvement

Beware of anyone who tells you that you can have what you want without doing the work necessary to have it. If the price you have to pay doesn’t match the promised result, the promise is a lie. The person selling the lie is a charlatan. Seek instead the guide that calls you to adventure and tells you that you are going to have to transform to have what you want.

Avoid advice from anyone who doesn’t already have what you want. There are more people who can tell you what to do without ever having done what it is that they are advising you to do than real models.

Ignore advice not to compare yourself to others. If there is a gap between the results you are producing and the results someone else is producing in some area, recognizing that gap can provide a vision of what is possible for you. More still, the person producing the result is a model for the beliefs and behaviors necessary to producing the results you want.

Shortcuts are almost never worth taking. You can get a degree without attending college by paying for it online. You will very quickly have a piece of paper, but you will not be any better educated without doing the work to acquire knowledge. If you want a certain outcome, investing your time, energy, and resources in obtaining it is the fastest way to get that outcome.

Seek ideas that frighten or repel you. If an idea scares you, the emotional response is a reaction that you recognize something in that idea that conflicts with what you believe to be good and right and true. If it repels you, then there is evidence of conflict. Most of us carry around beliefs that represent a partial truth, and there is value and improvement found in discovering the other parts of the truth.

Science is the only human endeavor that continually corrects itself over time. We come closer to the truth because we are willing to admit that we were wrong and take in new information. If you haven’t changed your beliefs about the things you hold as true for years or decades, you are not getting closer to the truth. If you haven’t been wrong or if you are not skeptical enough about what you believe now to question your beliefs in the face of new information, you are not growing. Don’t fear making mistakes.

Wasted hours lead to wasted days. Wasted days lead to wasted weeks. Wasted weeks lead to wasted months. Wasted months lead to wasted years. Wasted years lead to a wasted life, and the only one you will ever have. Busy yourself living the life you want now.

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