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Based on my most recent observations about life. And most notably, about the life of a parent.
I noted that the problem - if we can call it a problem - with being a parent is not so much about having a lot to do. The "problem" is not having enough time to do things about yourself.
You are constantly in giving mode. Giving time and attention towards your kids, spouse, friends, family, job, etc.
Of course, these are important things to pay attention to and care about. But your needs should matter, too.
While it might sound inherently selfish. It's vital to have some time for yourself. Otherwise, you'll get frustrated for never finishing a book or never taking that design class.
With that in mind, I decided to take some time off. I'll still publish articles on my site, but I'll pause sending you this newsletter for the month of August. I'll be back in September!
1) Book summaries:
Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley: The authors say that this book is for kids but it's for grown-up kids, too. I've learned so much about how to learn and how to remember ideas for longer. The funny metaphors and the easy-to-get language will help you understand how our brains work and how to master learning.
The Mental Toughness Handbook by Damon Zahariades: Probably not massively groundbreaking. But this title can give you some tips and tricks to manage your emotions and battle adversity.
3) Great thinkers:
The son of a doctor, Baltasar Gracián y Morales, better know as Baltasar Gracián, was a Spanish Jesuit philosopher. He wrote prose with stunning precious and was praised by philosophers such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.
Actually, Nietzsche added the following comment to one of Gracián's books, Oráculo, "Europe has never produced anything finer or more complicated in matters of moral subtlety."
There is an avalanche of ideas storming from his works but we are going to look at the following today:
Big Idea: Make Haste Slowly
While "fools are fond of hurry". They never stop to consider the consequences. Intelligent people are not so different.
Baltasar Gracián writes, "Fools stop at nothing, the wise at everything."
Your smartness won't do you any good if you do nothing with your skills. If you spot an opportunity but do nothing about it, you won't be any better than the fool.
Gracián continues: "Readiness is the mother of luck. It is a great deed to leave nothing for the morrow. A lofty motto: make haste slowly."
4) Worth checking:
From my desk:
Why is Critical Thinking Important in Daily Life?: In some way or another, every person, business, and message we receive, regardless of the medium. Is trying to change our current state. Move us from our present position to a new position. But the new position is often more beneficial for the other party. Not for us.
Is internet addiction eradicating the habit of reading? "There is no surrogate for books. The act of reading, the private company of a book which you can carry around, to the loo, to your bed, on your travels—no computer can replace that. This intimacy provided by reading is irreplaceable. In many respects, I am a pessimist, but as far as books are concerned, I am sure they will survive."
5) Worth knowing:
Herd behavior is a phenomenon where people in a group stop thinking individually and start mimicking the people in the group.
Herd behavior is often observed at times of distress. When there is an extreme situation - say, a fire in a building. Most people won't stop to look around to see where's the exit sign. They'll start running in the direction the rest of the folks are heading - even if it's not the right direction.
But herding behaviors occur more frequently. In everyday situations. Commonly, you'll choose to dine in a restaurant with people inside compared to an empty place. Your reasoning is simple - "since there are others inside, it must be good!"
And while the above might seem like an innocent act. There are quite a few bad traits related to herd morality.
Not only do riots start because people stop thinking rationally. But this type of thinking, or lack of thinking, leads to passivity and to easily persuaded personality.
6) Worth thinking about:
"Freedom is more precious than any gifts for which you may be tempted to give it up."
– Baltasar Gracián
A saying I recently saw that I can't stop thinking about. You might like it, too:
"Look around. All that clutter used to be money. All that money used to be time."
I wish you healthy and relaxing summer!
Thank you for your time!
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