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You’re Already Paying for It

Imagine that you had to pay $5 for every minute you gave your attention to something.

Would this expense alter your pattern of responding to clickbait and gossip?

Substitute “energy” for “money.” You’re already there.

The only difference is that you’re paying a lot more than $5 per minute.

Hoarding Doesn’t Help

Create as if you’ll never run out of ideas and you’ll never run out of ideas.

Save your ideas just in case you run out of them tomorrow and you’ll run out of them tomorrow.

Creative ideas become scarce when you hoard them and prolific when you use them. If you want a steady flow of inspiration, start creating before the flow of inspiration.

Don’t wait. Generate.

Fires Aren’t Everything

If you’re always putting out fires, you’ll never have time to start any.

You can’t innovate if you’re spending all of your time reacting to urgencies and emergencies.

A well-ordered life is a creative life.

If you don’t use your freedom to create your own boundaries, your life will be filled with a bunch of involuntary boundaries that smother your freedom.

How can you say “yes” to your vision of the possible if you can’t ever say “no” or “not now” to anything?

If you have a fire, do what’s necessary to keep things from burning to the ground, but don’t forget to create space in your day to invest in the kinds of possibilities that can only emerge when you’re in a state of play.

The fires might seem to mean everything in the present moment, but your future will be determined by the things you make time for before and between the fires.

Spend Wisely

Being “informed” isn’t just about what you know. It’s also about what you deliberately choose to ignore.

It’s impossible to realize your potential unless you develop a sound philosophy for determining what you will NOT pay attention to.

Attention is currency. If you’re willing to spend it on anything, you’ll eventually be duped out of everything.

2 Kinds of Learning

1) Absorption: Taking in concepts by consuming information.

2) Application: Putting already existing knowledge into practice by using it to create value.

Doing #2 makes you better at doing #1.

If you want to be a better thinker, become a more active doer.

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