Friday, 30 January 2009

Look for direct and immediate benefits

How many hours per year do you spend reading newspapers? A hundred hours? From all news you read, how many items allow you to take immediate and direct action to improve your life? Less than one per cent?

Do your watch news on TV everyday? In the morning and in the evening? An hour per day makes, all in all, 366 hours per year. Do you get useful information? Do you really learn things you can act on? Do you pick up practical ideas for improving your life here and now?

Who doesn't spend an hour per day listening to the radio in the car? That makes another 366 hours per year. Do we get critical information or just
topics for making small talk? What are the direct and immediate benefits from all that listening?

Do you keep your closet full of clothes you never use? Are your shelves full of books you'll never reread? Do you pile up magazines you'll never open again?

Why do we keep things that are no longer useful? Why do we consume our time in activities that don't provide direct and immediate benefits?


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