Tim Ferriss, in his book The 4-Hour Workweek, talks about how we sometimes read too much. We take in too much knowledge and try to understand it.
When you read too much, you become an information junkie. You find pleasure with reading rather than acting upon what you read. That used to be my problem as I read a lot.
This frequently happens in the pickup community where guys are learning how to talk to girls. Guys would read a lot of theory, but they never act on it. They’ll learn a whole bunch of methods and you can ask them about what you should do in a particular situation.
They would know, but they don't have any practical experience which means that they never applied the things they talk about.
What I learned about being an information junky is that people derive pleasure from learning. You love to learn, but you don't love to apply. You get a whole bunch of different information and you get overloaded. You’re learning so much, but you don't know what to apply.
What I learned is to find one concept, one book, one author that resonates with you and stick with that until you apply that shit. For me, it was The Power of Now and Psycho-Cybernetics it. I've read them and thought that they are what I need.
I focused exclusively on learning about them. I just kept reading and rereading the same chapters so that I could internalize those concepts.
Rather than reading 1 book and going to another, I took one and focused the shit out of it until I applied it.
Find one book on one concept that resonates with you and read that. Study that and just keep learning about that one subject. Sooner or later, your brain is going to get the message that you want to apply this.
If you keep reading a bunch of different subjects, you just learn to learn. That's fine, but it's not really focused.
A lot of people just read. What you should do is only read when you have a problem. Read when there is a specific thing that you want to address. Read it and address it. Don't get into the habit of reading and reading and not applying.
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